After my last post, I had decided to only ride when the temperatures were "reasonable" like maybe above 0°F. It was such a beautiful, sunny day with lots of frosty trees, I couldn't help but go out again this morning. This picture was taken after I arrived back home from what has become my morning "commute" i.e. College Coffeehouse. Plus, I needed to fill up the Ural.
I don't know if I posted a shot of the O.A.T (Outside Air Temperature) indicator before. The previous owner, Gearloose on SovietSteeds, had installed it in the windshield and it should be familiar to anyone that flies in small aircraft. It kind of looks like an oven thermometer but it actually is from an aircraft. I didn't use it to record temperatures in the PBC videos last year as only electronic, mercury or alcohol thermometers were permitted. It looks like it is indicating around -8°F.
Much warmer at home than it is in town at this time due to a mild temperature inversion. That is, warmer at higher elevations so the cold air and smoke get trapped closer to the ground. This contributes to poor air quality whenever we have an extended cold spell. Lots of politics around this topic due to restrictions on burning solid fuel (i.e. wood and coal) whenever it gets really cold. Just when many need the heat.
The forecast is for some warmer temperatures pretty quickly. Hopefully, it'll stay below freezing. This place shuts down if it gets that warm as the roads become almost impassable.