Saturday, February 18, 2006

This would be a nice place to be right now

The temperatures here in the midwestern U.S. were down to about -9F last night (that's about -20C). Brrr. Driving around doing errands this morning, I had a need to clean the windshield - the washer fluid froze instantly on contact with the glass. It reminded me that when my kids were young, we would go out on days like this and blow soap bubbles. The bubbles would freeze in midair and the kids could fetch them and bring them back. Or if it was a windy day, the bubbles would roll along the ground after they landed.

Nothing frozen about this photo. It's Orlando, Florida in June. This was the pool at the hotel we stayed at for a trip to Disney World. An evening thunderstorm had just passed through and folks were just getting out to the pool afterward. Photo info: 30 seconds at f16, ISO 100, temperature: 85 (27C). Ahhh.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.


keltic&swiss said...

Aaah... great photo - makes the two degrees outside feel just a tad warmer. (We could go swimming in the condensation on our windows this morning!)

James said...

Another thing about this type of weather ... the relative humidity is also in the negative numbers. Under such conditions, the human body becomes the ideal conductor of static electricity.

Here's a fun experiment - volunteer to help a spouse sweep the wood floors and offer to shake out all the rugs that lie on said floors. Gather up several rubber-backed rugs (rubber backing is an important key to experiencing the full effect of this experiment)and tuck under arm. Doing this in today's weather conditions will result in the accumulation of about 14 billion volts of electricity, giving one a visible aura, although the rug toter will be unaware of this. Rug toter will head for the garage and discover that a human being can shoot a two-inch long spark upon nearing the metal door handle.

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Jem said...

mmmm, that makes me feel all warm too! :)

Eph2810 said...

Oh, those colors are just beautiful :)