Unless you've actually been living in the Land of Oz or anywhere near the equator, you've been subjected to some of the coldest weather this country has seen in the last 30 years.
It seems that we've been subjected to a weather phenomenon known as the Polar Vortex.
Basically, it's Arctic air from the North Pole splitting off from its normal circular pattern and veering down into the continent, as shown by the temperature map shown here. The cold air is purple. As a result, you get temperatures like this.
And that's not even the coldest it got here in the states. I actually experienced -22F temps while I was up in North Dakota over the Krismahannakwanzika holidays.
I did manage to catch a very nice pair of Sundogs during this Polar Vortex.
The one nice advantage about all this bitter cold weather is staying indoors and writing about Oz. I've managed to get some fine writing time to myself and have finished another one of the short stories for our latest book, Tails of Oz. Things are moving forward very nicely despite freezing my butt off when I go outdoors.
The sad part are the idiots who claim this weather refutes Global Warming. Morons like that have no concept of how the Earth works and how weather patterns like this Polar Vortex are a direct result of Climate Change, which comes from Global Warming. I would try to explain it to them, but they have closed minds and open pieholes!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz