Heh, when it gets dark it gets even colder (of course.) That wispy fog you see in the photo would be the fine mist of ice crystals that coats everything. Temps have been hovering around -25°F for most of the day.
When it gets that cold, things get weird. The extension cord I use to plug in the car (heh) gets super stiff, and the plug attachment becomes insanely hard to detach. The air is extremely dry, and you’re wearing lots of layers of clothing which are constantly rubbing against each other so you’re generating tons of static electricity, so you’re constantly getting these little shocks when you touch stuff. I’m just waiting to fry a gadget. Batteries don’t work very well, so phones and cameras and things are pretty unhappy, too.
I’m still trying to get my nerve up to drive out of town at night so I can see the Aurora. I’m a wuss, though — worried about having an auto breakdown out in the middle of nowhere.
… one of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that,
lacking zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of
their C programs.
— Robert Firth