Or, as Pat Rothfuss far more charitably calls them: delicate Northwestern orchids. I love living in Washington. The people are nice, the summers are gorgeous, and the winters are mild. There is a very narrow temperature variance here. When it hits 90°F for a couple days in the summer, NPR tells you to check on your elderly neighbors: no one here has AC, because you really only want it for a few days of the year. However, the narrow temperature band means that when it does get cold here, people freak out. Cancelling or having late starts for school on Monday made sense: pretty much all of the roads were still covered in black ice, and driving was unsafe. The roads were fine by Tuesday, but there were still late starts because of the weather. Odd, but perhaps there was concern regarding the ice on the roads. But today, quite a few districts are either closing or having late starts because it's cold. It's above freezing, and schools are closing because of the cold weather. This totally baffles me. If it were a matter of the diesel having frozen overnight, that would make sense, but it only got to 19°F overnight. Diesel doesn't gel until 15°, and modern diesel has additives to bring that temperature notably lower. So it's not the diesel. At these temperatures, the weather can hurt you, but you would need to be out in it and improperly dressed for quite some time. I am really confused about this.