The snow is piled up to the floorboard of my car and there are forecasts of sub-zero temperatures.
The list of high school basketball games being postponed every day reads like a departure screen at O'Hare Airport when fog sets in.
Has anyone seen Al Gore lately? Maybe he's burning that Nobel Peace Price he was awarded for his movie on global warming - "An Inconvenient Truth" - to warm his hands.
Being he doesn't have much to do these days other than figuring out his carbon footprint - which is undoubtedly large - Gore might want to spend time re-scheduling area basketball games that have been postponed because of our winter wonderland. Global cooling has set up shop, and it's playing havoc with high school teams that are at the midpoint of the season and looking ahead to their stretch runs.
I can't remember a basketball season that's been hit harder by winter's wrath than what we're seeing now. This is the time of the season when conference races heat up in a dash to the tournament drawings. Fans should be wondering if the Windham Bombers will continue their dominance of the area Division IV district, while hoping that the Warren G. Harding Raiders don't run into a grumpy officiating crew in the Division I regional.
Instead, coaches and players are looking ahead to a late-season scheduling mess that could include more makeup games than games that are regularly scheduled.
It can't all be blamed on the weather. It is January, after all. Snow falls, temperatures fall and sometimes I fall on my rear end walking to my car on the way to cover a game in the depths of winter.
Why schools close and winter sports events are put on hold so much because of weather kids once enjoyed playing in is confusing. I know rules are set in place that are designed with comfort and safety for all involved, but this is getting out of hand.
I might be coming off as a relative of previous generations that talked about walking a mile to school in waist-deep snow, but I don't think schools closed because of bad weather when I was a kid nearly as much as occurs today.
My school years ran from the late 1950s through 1971, the latter year being three years before "Time" magazine ran a cover story on the dangers of global cooling and the beginning of the next "Ice Age." If it was that cold back then, why did schools rarely shut their doors, and why did I join my buddies in playing outdoor basketball in January and February?
Uh ... maybe because school systems didn't cower to the whims of Mother Nature. As long as mom could get you out of bed and on the way to school, reading and writing took place during the day and basketball games were played at night.
School administrators now undoubtedly have to worry about having enough salt on the sidewalks to avoid a lawsuit in the event that someone falls. Other factors are the high costs of heating and the concern for those who have to walk from their cars to the gymnasiums.
Still, it's getting a bit old reading the list of postponements because of weather conditions. Buckets full of snow I can understand. As for the cold temperatures, just deal with it.
The Time magazine story 35 years ago stated that climate experts were in unison in reporting that the average temperature had decreased steadily in the previous three decades. They added that there were no signs of a reversal.
From what we're seeing this year, they were right, yet Gore tells us we're wrong.
It's enough to make you hot under the collar.