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Putting weather into perspective

Water. It’s something we take for granted, until we don’t have any.

This small town Wisconsin girl would never have thought that the RV hose would freeze in New Mexico, leaving us without water. Thank goodness the coffee had been set up the night before so we at least had caffeine.

Once the sun came up over the mountain it didn’t take long for things to thaw, allowing the water to flow freely again. However, we ventured down the highway to an RV dealership and invested in an electric water hose that is meant to prevent freezing up to twenty degrees below zero.

That made me feel pretty confident that we had licked the problem. However, the very next morning we had hard water again. The next step? Heat tape on the hydrant.

El Nino is playing havoc across the United States! Our host informed us that temperatures are 20 degrees below the normal for this time of year here in New Mexico. That makes us wonder why we snowbird here if it’s cold enough to freeze.

But when you look at what the rest of the world is dealing with, all of a sudden, we don’t have it so bad. For example, last week I got this emergency email alert from back home in Wisconsin.

“ALERT: SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES — BITTER COLD AIR WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.

“THE COLDEST AIR OF THE SEASON SO FAR WILL OVERSPREAD THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES TODAY AND LINGER INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. AIR TEMPS ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN WILL FALL INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO TONIGHT TO NEAR 10 BELOW ZERO SUNDAY NIGHT INLAND. WITH HIGHS SUNDAY AND MONDAY ONLY IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO.

“THE FRIGID TEMPS ALONG WITH BRISK WESTERLY WINDS WILL DROP WIND CHILL VALUES TO BETWEEN 20 BELOW ZERO AND 25 BELOW ZERO FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUN NIGHT.”

Wind chill temperatures 20 degrees below zero? Now that is cold!

All of a sudden the cool temperatures we have been experiencing in New Mexico in the early morning hours aren’t so bad. We can, and will survive the possibility of frozen water because we have taken precautions and we know if it does freeze, it won’t be long before the sun warms things up enough to thaw.

By putting it all in prospective, we know snowbirding in New Mexico beats the wind chill of Wisconsin. We endure the cooler morning temperature because the afternoon temperatures make it all worthwhile.

About Cathy Duesterhoeft

Cathy and her husband, Norm, travel throughout the United States in their Brave Winnebago working for Mainly Marathons. When home in Westfield, Wis., their RV is parked on a gravel pad while they finish construction on their new home. Cathy documents their many adventures on her website at www.positiveinfluences.net.

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