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  • I live in a shack way back in the woods. I do have indoor plumbing. I got up this morning and there was no water to wash the sleep off my face. It took part of my life to get here but now most things just roll off my back. But no water!!!! I don't have time for this. The cattle are calling. I never drink until sundown. But two shots of Jim Beam and my good friend told me the water would be no problem. He$$, as long as Jim is here, who needs water?

    From the Cattle Today blog by inyati13 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:02 am

    From frozen cattle in Minnesota to frozen pipes in Tennessee, baby it's cold outside! But people are still going to work, kids are going to school, and at least some buses are running to take them there.

    The "polar vortex" responsible for the deep freeze across one-third of the country is an unusual weather pattern that is also chilling Great Britain but giving Scandinavia a warm winter. The cold river of wind that normally circles the arctic has gotten discombobulated. It is wandering farther south than it usually does. While it makes Americans and Canadians suffer, it leaves the North Pole warmer than usual.

    Here in Massachusetts, it was about 7 degrees today under clear skies. Cold enough to freeze my car doors shut and make me think twice about going out for a smoke, but not intolerable.

    It won't last long. In three or four days they say it will be close to 50. That will give the weather anchors time to come up with some colorful descriptions for the next extreme weather event. They are probably tired of warning us constantly about wind chill and are anticipating the next time they can don parkas and stand safely behind a sea wall to tell us about the next killer high tide.

    Somehow life goes on, despite the Weather Channel.

    @image: Annotated still from the animated infographic Wind Map (much better than youtube)
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