I was ready to ride my bike today. I layed out all of my layers of clothes last night, down to the three pairs of wool socks. I got out of bed bright and early. My bag was packed. Then I turned on the morning news and saw that the temperature is -17 fahrenheit. That is the actual, real temperature outside of my door, not with windchill. Here’s the forecast from the Chicago Tribune:
“A National Weather Service windchill warning for most of the Chicago region remains in effect until noon today as the city and suburbs are coping with some of the bitterest cold in almost 13 years.
Windchills of 25 to 45 below are on tap for this morning, with the western suburbs suffering the coldest temperatures.
As of 3:52 a.m. today the mercury was 23 degrees below zero, with windchills of minus 41, in Aurora. The temperature was 22 below, with a minus 38 windchill, in West Chicago. Chicago: A temperature of minus 16 and a windchill of minus 31 at O’Hare International Airport.
The weather service said west winds at about 10 m.p.h. are combining with frigid temperatures to create windchills of 25 to 45 below zero this morning. The combination of wind and cold air may cause frostbite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions aren’t taken. The forecast for today is slightly more promising: Temperatures and windchills will slowly moderate after sun-up and rise out of warning criteria by noon. ”
I simply don’t have the special clothing to ride a bike in this weather for 45 minutes and frostbite is no joke. I am not a mountain climber or a polar bear. Darn.