(From Ray X X-Rayer #130)
I have the perfect symbol to represent winters in the Plattsburgh, NY area.
Dead means "the middle" in the idiom dead of winter, referring to its long nights and cold killer temps. Lately during the day the mercury is a little above 0 degrees F/ -17 degrees C. At night the temp can take a double digit drop from that point. Death does rule.
This time of year -- January -- is around the middle of the arctic season around here. Winter usually drags on for six months. April showers? Forget it, you can still trudge through snow on the ground. In fact the white death can even drop in May. Nothing says spring more than shoveling snow during Mother's Day weekend and suffering a heart attack.
And nothing says stupid more than bottom of the barrel superheroes. At DC comics there is the Legion of Super Heroes, a top-notch group operating in the future when space travel is commonplace. A Legion member is super-powered by accident or by the natural ability he was born with on his native planet.
Many apply for LSH membership but few are accepted due to their unimpressive abilities. Take Dag Wentim -- Stone Boy -- from the planet Zwen. Evolution has blessed his people with the ability to turn into stone, falling into suspended animation to deal with the long winters.
And how long are those winters? Six months. Just like around here.