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post #16 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-14-2020, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thats too damn cold for me. Nebraska here in the U.S. is about as far north as I could live.

Have to plug in your car with an engine block heater when it gets that cold?
You betcha, I think every vehicle in the parking lot is plugged in this week!

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Sometimes that doesn't even work, or the cable snaps from the cold. It's happened to me. There have been times where you need to wrap the car in a tarp, and have a tiger torch under the car to get the oil to be liquid enough to start it. Very dangerous! But I've done it to get out of the bush in the winter.

Or the battery freezes, and cracks the case with expansion. Then you're SOL without a brand new charged battery.

Tires also get weird past -30C or so. The air inside condenses with the cold, leading to deflation. But you can't just inflate a tire that is that cold, or the rubber will crack. Or, you try to drive away, and the flat spot is frozen into the tire, so it feels like you're driving with four lumpy tires, making steering very difficult. And the rubber doesn't adhere to the ice at all when it's really cold, even if you have really great winter tires. So always pack chains!
Holy smokes, I've never experienced anything like that! Although yeah, tires can get a little fussy in the cold, and my winter tires are already fussy. @Marduk, where were you living when you experienced this?
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Holy smokes, I've never experienced anything like that! Although yeah, tires can get a little fussy in the cold, and my winter tires are already fussy. @Marduk, where were you living when you experienced this?
Wasn't living there, but I've spent a lot of time working and camping in northern BC, Alberta, and Sask.

It does have it's upsides, though - I remember winter camping as a kid and laying in a field at night, and the northern lights were so bright you could read by them. And it was so quiet and clear, you could hear them - it sounded like gentle whooshing, almost like waves.

My kids have only seen the northern lights a few times because of light pollution.
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I'm in Edmonton, Cynthia.
When I was a kid, we stayed in Edmonton at a place called The Red Deer Lodge. It was in the summer, thankfully. We had been visiting friends who lived in Three Hills.


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Holy smokes, I've never experienced anything like that! Although yeah, tires can get a little fussy in the cold, and my winter tires are already fussy. @Marduk, where were you living when you experienced this?
Is nitrogen in tires an American thing then? It's such a godsend for me. No more fluctuating tires in weather.
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I lived in Edmonton for the better part of 25 years. The summers are a fine thing, with a preposterous number of hours of sunlight (though too many mosquitoes) but I do NOT miss the winter even a little bit.

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Is nitrogen in tires an American thing then? It's such a godsend for me. No more fluctuating tires in weather.
Not sure that really does anything. Air is 78% nitrogen anyway. Not sure if making that close to 100% will really do much. Think it may reduce pressure loss slightly over a lot of time.

If its free, yeah I'd do it. Not worth paying for it though.

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Today, the city that I live in is one of the coldest places on Earth....
Been there, done that, haha.

Did a stint in the oil sands back in 2014. We were on night shift when the job ended in early December. We hit the minus 35-40 range a couple of times.....not cool!

(also had a bear wander into our work area, but that's a story for another time, lol)
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Coldest it ever got in my area was -13 way back in 1985. I was a teen and yes I was out playing in

the snow. Didn't know -13 was supposed to be bone chilling.

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Coldest it ever got in my area was -13 way back in 1985. I was a teen and yes I was out playing in

the snow. Didn't know -13 was supposed to be bone chilling.
-13 isnt. Im looking forward to the -20 high we have tomorrow. It was -37 with a windchill of -52 today. All CELCIUS. Yes, Im also in the prairie provinces of canada.

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Thats just TOO cold, and Im Canadian!
We’ve had -40C with the windchill some winters but this year has Been tropical in comparison.
Keep warm!
I found it physically and emotionally exhausting when that kind of cold continues for a long period of time.
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Morning Ursula, I'm across country in Toronto and we are getting 0C for the time being and down to -15C tonight. In other words the garden spot of Canada.

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Today, the city that I live in is one of the coldest places on Earth, which is crazy because… Siberia, folks! I don’t usually mind winter, and love activities like x-country skiing and outdoor skating, but this is bloody ridiculous and downright COLD, even by Canadian standards. I’m currently at work (indoors, might I add), and have a blanket on, on top of my sweater, and there’s a heating pad wrapped around my feet. Oh, and leg warmers! It’s so cold out that I have ice forming on the INSIDE of the doors at home, and there was about a centimetre of ice at the bottom of my bedroom windows this morning. Like, the inside side of the windows. I could take a snow scraper to those suckers. Here’s a nice screenshot to give you an idea of the temperatures with and without wind chill. This was taken at 6:30am, and it's since warmed up to -32 degrees with a wind chill of -41 degrees. Bear in mind, these are in Celsius!
During this video it was -52c. Alex, who runs the channel with his wife, actually got a bit of frostbite when he turned the ignition key on his car, a refurbished Ghostbuster's style ambulance.



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-13 isnt. Im looking forward to the -20 high we have tomorrow. It was -37 with a windchill of -52 today. All CELCIUS. Yes, Im also in the prairie provinces of canada.

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-13 degrees is a little nippy, and where one might put on some gloves or mitts when shovelling! But good lord @NotEZ, -52 with windchill…. yikes! In Edmonton it’s -28 (-38 windchill), and it feels nicer out. Looking forward to the -20s too! Although, I leave for Mexico tomorrow morning… :-)
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Morning Ursula, I'm across country in Toronto and we are getting 0C for the time being and down to -15C tonight. In other words the garden spot of Canada.
@Taxman, ready, set, plant your garden!!!
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