Just last week Flic and I were pondering the unthinkable: a winter in Squarebanks without a single instance of 40 below. I went so far as to proclaim that, "Yep. It ain't gonna happen." All the while realizing that such behavior was inviting a major jinx.
Sure enough, we had a day yesterday, the first minus forty this winter. However, unlike years past, this cold snap didn't hang on long here. It's already up to the minus 20s (ordinarily a warm spell in mid-winter) today.