January 6, 2014. This photo does not illustrate the cold that was the outstanding feature of this day. The Polar Vortex settled on us, making a rare trip well south of the Arctic Circle. When I came to work, it was -12ºF, with a windchill around -50º. A third of our staff stayed home, along with what seemed like a higher percentage of the rest of the population. Walking into the wind was quite painful, and it's nice to know I will not likely ever encounter a day that cold again.