In case you haven't heard, it's cold outside. It's true, a good portion of the United States is under the coldest freeze in many many years. If you just take one step outside, your breath just gets taken away. I'm guessing a hundred years ago people went outside to figure out how cold it was. In today's world, you don't have to leave your house to know it's cold. There are all kinds of media and gadgets to tell you in case stepping outside isn't enough for you to know. For today, here are a few ways you know it's cold outside if you can't figure it out yourself.
Turn on Your Television: Those sharing the forecast are happy to build the drama of the cold. They'll teach you about the polar vortex. Show you maps to help you know how cold it really is. They'll use their gadgets to keep you informed.
School Closings: Yes, when the school closing start to roll you'll know it's cold.
Check Facebook. Every post is about being cold. I'm sure if you scroll through your feed you'll find comments, comics, and images about the temperature outside. Yep, in case you didn't know, it's cold outside.
Open Twitter. Everyone is talking about how cold it is outside. There are even some cold inspired hashtags: #chiberia, #polarvortex, or #deepfreeze14
Still don't know it's cold?
Check your weather app.
Ask Your Car. If you're still not sure and you decide to go out to find out for yourself, your car might tell you. My Nissan tells me when it is cold by declaring "LOW TEMPERATURE." My Nissan thinks it should live in Florida apparently as it starts telling me "low temperature" at 37 degrees. Really? 37 degrees isn't cold in Ohio. This week, however, when it registered negative numbers I agreed it might be cold.
There you have it; a few ideas for determining whether it might be cold or not. If none of these work, perhaps try the old fashioned method of going outside for a bit. How bundled up do you need to be? Can you see your breath? Does the air just take it away? Can you feel the cold grab your cheeks? Yep, it's winter. Bundle up.
I'd love to hear the funny ways you know it's cold in the 21st century.