Chicago Midway reported a nippy -4 (Fahrenheit) and a windchill of -31 at 11:00 this morning. We're headed into the same territory again tonight.
What surprised me most about Chicago when I moved here some 30 years ago is how cold it gets. During my first winter in the Windy City, the temperature dipped below zero nearly every day for a month--reaching as low as the -20 range for a stretch. Windchills were crazy at 60-70 below zero. That winter, I went out to start my car late one night and the stick shift snapped off , a clean break, as I attempted to put my car into gear.
We have a garage now, but in those earlier years, it was all outdoor parking. On the most frigid nights, motor oil turns to putty and parts don't move in a car that sits idle for a few hours. During one brutal cold snap in the winter of 84-85, I hauled my butt out of bed every two hours throughout the night to start and warm up both cars. I was never alone in the parking lot. Everyone parking outdoors had to do the same thing that winter.
Yes, I'm complaining. That's another thing most Chicagoans do during the winter months.