Unless you're living in a cave somewhere... or perhaps not in the US, I'm sure you've heard about the return of the Polar Vortex caused by the big storm in Alaska.
Temperatures have been plunging here in the Mile High city and the flakes have been flying.
Now, in Colorado we're known for temperature extremes and quick shifts in weather, but this is one of the crazier ones I can remember.
We've had an unusually warm fall, and on Sunday it was around 70 degrees here (21C). I spent the morning outside cleaning up the garden, raking leaves and turning them into the soil. I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt and actually got a bit too warm.
Yesterday around 10am it was in the low 60's (around 17C) and then in a matter of about 2 hours it plunged down to about 20 degrees (-7C)! That's a 40 degree drop over just a few hours! Holy Moly!
But the fun doesn't stop there folks. The temps aren't projected to get above freezing until next week, and for the next two nights they're saying we're gonna have a low around 0 or slightly below (-18C).
So yes... the furnace has finally been turned on! But I've gotta say that I'm really glad I've been working on "being cool" for a while now, because it's making this quick change less horrible than it otherwise might be. At the moment the thermostat is set to 62 (17C) and I don't actually feel cold, just a bit cool. I did allow myself to put a sweater on though!
Anyhow, I hope the squirrel family living in my tree is doin' OK. I've been fattening them up for a while - which is partially because I'm a softie for anything with fur, and partially because the cats LOVE squirrel-o-vision!
Anyhow, I gave them a bunch of extra food today, so hopefully they'll survive it.
So how 'bout you? How's the weather where you live?