Major coldwave around Jan 17?
In his most recent blog post (http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-b...=weathermatrix), Jesse Ferrell at accuweather.com talks about how some models are showing a pretty major cold wave coming to the NE in about a week (Jan 17).
It almost certainly won't get this cold, since the model can't account for a lot of factors, but it currently shows that NYC could reach -13F, with places in eastern PA hitting -30F!
Any of the more-abled meteorologists out there taken a look at the long-range forecast to see what kinds of temps might be seen in NH, ME, and upstate NY?
Psychological conditioning to weather
It's interesting to distinguish between what is the psychological part of the adaptation to weather conditions and what is the technological part. It still amazes me to consider that my father worked in an office building in Washington, DC, that had no air-conditioning until the early 1960s. He would wear his "summer suit" to the office--it was a light seersucker fabric--and just go in and do his day of work. Actually, our family home in Arlington, VA, never had air-conditioning either.
Obviously, when you look back anywhere in history beyond the past few decades, you can have the same sense of amazement. Or think about many places in the world in the year 2009 that lack modern conveniences.