|View from our balcony|
I managed to hold off the kids until after lunch. Finally, they asked me enough times that I got out all the gloves, hats, scarves, sweatshirts, extra warm socks, boots, and jackets and we headed out.
It was pretty cold outside, but the wind was what gotcha. We would be fine and then a 20mph gust would hit us and we would squeal in pain.
The picture to the right shows Garytt, then in the background you can just barely see the weather building on top of the hill behind our building.
About an hour after we were outside Garytt found a few kids that were building a fort. Garytt got in on the action and they kept telling him he was such a good worker. Mackenzie wanted a fort too, but she wanted her own, so she and I started working on one. I looked over at one point and all the kids Garytt was helping were throwing snowballs while he was doing all the work. He didn't care, he was having a blast building. Mackenzie helped me for about half of the fort. When I realized she wasn't putting in nearly as much work as me I started curving the backside in a little more so it was a two kid fort instead of a ten kid fort. She didn't notice. The wind on this side of the building wasn't as bad as the other side. We were blocked from the wind a bit. Then, inside of the fort there was almost total wind blockage. Both kids got down inside the fort and said they were ready to go in. So, I made them pose for a few pictures with the fort and then we headed inside...freezing cold, a little wind burned, soaked to the skin, and with numb fingers and toes. But, we had so much fun!
Boy has such sensitive skin that I coated his face with Vaseline before we went out to keep some of the wind from blistering his face. Well, the Vaseline caused all the water on his face to bead up. It looked funny.
Today (the day after the storm) the snow is quickly melting. I think the temperature was supposed to be in the upper 40s today. I've read reports today that said this is the most snow Tokyo has seen in 16 years! The wind picked up pretty good last night. I think they were 30 mph and around dinner time our lights were flickering and even went off a few times, but just for a minute each time. The Japanese electric company, TEPCO, said that about 12,000 homes out in Yokosuka City lost power completely last night.
Kris dodged a bullet coming out of Philly, where a few hours after he left an ice storm hit and knocked the city to its knees. Then, a few hours after he landed here a snow storm knocked this area to its knees. Shew!!