Friend and regular reader B., who lives in Syracuse, sent word that her hometown is leading the annual Golden Snowball Contest among Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, Albany and Buffalo with 55 inches of snow to date. The actual temperature in Syracuse is 7 degrees — close to Rochester’s 5 degrees — but the wind chill has temps at 20-30 degrees below zero. The wind chill is what you actually feel when outside, not what the thermometer reads.
A more interesting factoid was the revival of a cat that had frozen to a fence and had to be cut off by rescue workers. The animal was taken to a shelter, thawed out and warmed up, and miraculously survived.
Both Syracuse and Rochester have their share of homeless people, many of whom resist going to shelters even in conditions like this, and I can’t help but wonder how they are surviving.