This is just a fancy way to say it is still very cold although it has warmed up considerably. I think we are over +10F today. Heaters are cycling constantly to keep the temperature regulated. Our bill at home and especially at the store (which has single pane windows) is going to be monstrous. We are keeping the thermostat lower than normal and wearing an extra layer, but still..
My brother-in-law and his wife have been stranded in New York City since flights were cancelled a few days ago. At first I think it was an adventure for them. They are both musicians and college professors so they enjoyed a round of jazz clubs and museums. Unfortunately below zero temps have kept them in their hotel room. Maybe today they will fly home to sunny California. I have flown a lot, more than a lot, in my adult years. In my earlier years our lives were dictated by airplanes and airlines. My ex sold commercial planes. There were years that I was in London and/or Paris more than 15-20 times. Only twice did I ever experience a cancelled flight. Once was when the private jet I was on between Burbank and Mexico City caught on fire on take-off and we were forced to land immediately. I took my first helicopter ride to LAX and then a commercial plane to Mexico City. That plane on landing, slid off the tarmac into the mud. That was quite the adventure, but didn't compare with the other cancelled flight I experienced. I was in Beirut when my flight home was cancelled due to war between the Turks and the Cypriots. I ended up on a very adventurous flight home that took me completely around the globe, but that is too long a story to tell here.