This has been the coldest winter I have ever experienced. Weather forecasters on news stations are calling it the “Once in a Generation Winter Storm.” They reported that more than 800,000 households lost power nationwide. And the frigid conditions continue as I write this the day before Xmas.
The worst of the freeze occurred after I parked my car at the Conshohocken PA train station yesterday en route to the VA Hospital of Philadelphia for a scheduled MRI. I thought things couldn’t get any worse after completing the medical procedure that was highly uncomfortable, but when I got back to the train station lot I faced another painful circumstance. I could not open the driver’s side door of my Toyota Corolla.
It had frozen solid. The freaking door was exposed to high blizzard-like winds and it would not budge. I went around to the passenger side door after banging half a dozen times and luckily that door opened. But then I had to stretch my legs over the stick shift and center car console to get into the driver’s seat. I then started the car engine and slowly made my way out of the station grounds and to my home some two miles away. I then used my shoulder to ram the driver’s side door several times until it finally opened and I could exit the vehicle.
The next day greeted me with 3-degree weather and a sub-zero wind-chill value. I left my house and was walking from the backyard to our metal gate by the fence when I found that the latch was frozen solid. No matter what I did to bang it open I could not get it to unlatch. I had to retreat and climb the hill to the top of my property line and open the latch to a wooden gate that was easy to open.
It took several blistering cold minutes to walk to the car and I was happy to see that my driver’s side door opened easily. But I was then greeted with a white frost all over the windshield as well as the driver’s side window and the rear window. The frost was inside the car.
Inside the car, not outside like it generally gets when it’s cold.
I had never seen such condensation like this before in my life. I had to carefully scrape it after turning on the car heater and directing fans to the front and back of the car. It took a good five minutes to complete the job before taking off to exercise at my local gym.
None of this has ever happened to me before and I am looking forward to it ending soon and the start of a new year without such frozen consequences. Stay warm folks!