Not a week ago, I couldn't even feel my face while walking outdoors. The northern half of these here United States was gripped in a polar vortex. Here in New York, we got off pretty easily- the temperatures bottomed out around 0F, with wind chills getting as low as -20F. It wasn't a pleasant time, especially when one has to be out and about at night for one's job.
Today, in contrast, was 58F, for one acclimated to last week's cold, that meant walking around in shirtsleeves for much of the day. As luck would have it, I actually had to work today, which is uncharacteristic for a Monday. It was a glorious afternoon to be out and about, especially since I was working in a particularly lovely site. Unfortunately, it's not where Ginger works, so I didn't get to play around with her outdoors this afternoon. Over the weekend, though, when the temperatures topped the freezing mark, I did let her go outside so she could get some relief from being cooped up in the same building (the ones with the convenient radiator covers on which to sleep) for days on end.
The rest of the week promises to be well above normal, temperature wise, but I don't expect anybody on Fox to mention that. I'm not complaining, but I would like to have a February that's a nice average between 'Greenland' and 'late March'.