Welcome to what I hope to be the first in a series of “20 second videos”. The tricky part is remembering that I should do more of them, without that it won’t be much of a series! Why 20 seconds – because it goes well with the blog title, because you should be able to get something across in 20 seconds and because it limits the upload times. Why video – because the iPhone does video and it should be more informative than a photo. All of that, especially the time limit, are subject to review but that’s the general plan as we stand here today freezing our nuts off.
This video was taken on Ul. Złota today, before the snow really built up. The wind was tearing down the street, as you can hear, from the direction of PKiN and the snow was blowing everywhere. It was that sort of dry snow, little pellets like sand blowing across dunes in the desert. At times you could hardly see the PKiN and that’s a huge building just across the street. For Złota 44 fans (that’s the big concrete skeleton on the left), you can see there’s still nothing happening, despite all that optimism when the building permit was reinstated.
When I said “bring on the snow” in the last post I wasn’t expecting such a swift and violent reaction. Warsaw was hit today by a violent bout of “global warming” in the shape of Siberian blizzards that almost paralysed the city by the afternoon rush-hour, today more of a rush-three-hours. The video was taken around midday I think and it just got worse and worse. They are predicting -20C on Wednesday. So then I got to wondering about this global warming thing, I mean, if that’s supposed to warm things up, melt the polar ice-caps, then why are we having such long and hard winters recently? If anything, the differences between the seasons is becoming more exaggerated, hotter and shorter summers with colder and longer winters. This is not what I was led to believe would happen. I expected shorter and warmer winters and increasingly hot summers. If there’s anyone out there who knows how this works I’d be happy to be educated because from where I’m sitting this global warming is a lot of hot air.
The new car performed sort of okay in the conditions. Definitely grunts its way through snowdrifts better than the Passat and felt a bit more surefooted although I need to be careful because it’s not infallible. It’s one thing being able to go faster in bad weather but I still have to turn corners and stop the thing and no amount of AWD is going to help if I push it beyond the limits of physics/geometry/chemistry. Where it didn’t perform as well is the windscreen wipers. There’s a dead zone right at the bottom where not enough of the warm air reaches. This means ice builds up in conditions like we had today (-6, lots of wind, water running down from hotter parts of windscreen) and then starts clogging the wiper blades. At one point I tried my usual trick of reaching out through the window and grabbing the blade with intention of letting it slap back down on the windscreen to dislodge some ice. The wiper blade came off in my hand and then flicked itself away from the car and into a snowdrift by the side of the road! Fortunately I’d had the sense to try this while stuck in traffic so I got out to retrieve the blade and put it on the floor until I could find somewhere to stop. I managed to drive a while with just a metal stump waving around and found a petrol station to stop at. Fifteen minutes later I had finally managed to clip the damned thing back in its socket and could finish the drive home. Shan’t be trying that again!
Ho hum. I see at least Michael was enjoying himself!