- Posted January 7, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Winter weather 2014
It's so cold that ...
OK, so Atlanta is freezing cold. Like, really, really cold. The coldest I've been since moving here 7 1/2 years ago. How do you show a cold temperature when there are few visual signs? Let me count the ways.
1. See that firetruck? It arrived at my apartment complex at around 6:15 a.m. A fire alarm had gone off in my building and we all found ourselves standing on the street in the cold. We soon returned to our bedchambers. It was 7 degrees out, as you can see in the screengrab from my iPhone in frame 2. I had little time to do more than put on my jacket, a hat and some shoes while still in my pajama pants. Maybe I jinxed it all somehow, because the night before, I had clearly unfounded worries that something was going to happen in the early morning hours when the air is at its coldest.
2. The cold leaves evidence of its presence. Sporadic and easily avoided icy patches on sidewalks and roads; puffs of foggy-looking air; rock salt poured and tracked everywhere. The works. You just have to know where to look. It has been a clear, sunny day, so looking is easy.
3. News headlines. I found an apropos story buzzing by in the Turner Store.
4. See all the snazzy winter wear? That will tell you something.