Beast from the East

This Spring we are in the middle of the Winter. In Denmark, Spring starts on March 1. Or so they say. While in the US we always followed the astronomical calendar and celebrated the first day of Spring on March 20, here, I am told, we follow the meteorological calendar. Apparently, Spring has arrived.

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But you wouldn’t know it.

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Europe has been gripped by a Siberian weather front. Temperatures in Europe are lower right now than they are in the Arctic. It snowed in Rome and apparently, London now resembles a ski resort without the amenities. But… according to World Meteorological Association, the average temperature at the northern tip of Greenland, in February, is minus 32.9 degrees Celsius. This year? The last two weeks were above freezing.

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Should we be worried…?

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But, I got a new coat, so I’m pretty much prepared for another Ice Age.

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It’s still a lot warmer in Denmark, for example, than it is in Poland right now (around minus 15 in Poland, but ‘only’ minus 7 in Copenhagen. And it’s even warmer in Greenland, so…), but the wind chill really bites. I often come back home with my face feeling pins and needles.

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It hasn’t snowed much (until today), but it’s still pretty. The lakes and even parts of the river in Lyngby froze over. Also, the coast is frozen solid, which would make for an amazing photo op, but I haven’t made it over there this week.

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A part of me is ready for Spring, but another part is enjoying this crazy deep freeze. I used to live in Florida and I still wouldn’t trade this for any palm trees.

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