Growing up in North Texas, one of the rarest sights must be snow. Even when it happens to snow, it lasts barely a day. A veritable blizzard to come roaring through is among the oddest of occasions. Looking back, I remember one winter day, as a boy when I watched the snow fall and the ice harden outside the walls of my family’s home. With the roads effectively closed, school was not an option. As Texas tends to not prepare for major snow events, it took three days until the roads were somewhat safe to drive on.Each time I and my family would go outside to play in the snow there was always the house, warm and cozy, waiting for us when we were done. Even to this day, I have a place of warmth to return to. During our ventures out into the cold, we always bundled up. Hats, gloves and coats aplenty—there was no shortage of warm clothing.
Protection Against the Biting Cold
Severe cold in Texas is an oddity—severe cold in Asia is not. There are numerous first-hand accounts of the chill and its severity in the mountainous regions of Asia. Unlike the residents of Texas and most in the West, there are many in Asia who do not possess indoor heating. There are even more who have little to no warm clothing, let alone blankets. Freezing houses and threadbare blankets do little in warding off the cold. Temperatures reach below freezing and have oftentimes proved to be deadly.
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