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I'm a cold Canadian!

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!

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Brrrr……


(-41°C × 9/5) + 32 = -41.8°F


That's cold!

Hope it does not get any colder.

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I spent the week before xmas near Calgary and the temperatures were perfect. Just hovering within a couple of degrees of freezing for most of the week.

We went prepared for a lot colder but were pleasantly surprised.

I'm glad I'm not there now.

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I cannot imagine what that feels like.

Come and visit? It's almost 100F warmer here, that's a high of 60F today ... which is "chilly" to us spoiled Californians ... some will be wearing down coats today, I kid you not.
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(-41°C × 9/5) + 32 = -41.8°F


That's cold!

Hope it does not get any colder.
Luckily, just today and Wednesday are set to be super cold, then it's warming up to the minus mid-20's, and by next week, it's actually warming up quite a bit: anywhere from -7 to -13 (not including wind chill), whoo hoo!!
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83 F here today
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I cannot imagine what that feels like.

Come and visit? It's almost 100F warmer here, that's a high of 60F today ... which is "chilly" to us spoiled Californians ... some will be wearing down coats today, I kid you not.
Honestly, it's biting cold, the only way I know how to describe it. I was shovelling snow last night with a down filled coat and mittens on. It only took 20 minutes or so, but by the time I got inside, my fingers were so cold they were burning, and my face felt tight and prickly, like that pins and needles feeling. It's not very enjoyable, but luckily will be short-lived! We've been pretty spoiled this winter with some really decent weather.
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Where do you live?! Yikes! I used to live in the greater Vancouver area and it never, ever got that cold. Not even close.


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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!
Same here. Bloody cold!

Stay warm. Glad I can park my truck in the garage.
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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?


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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?
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!

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I've heard about how cold it gets in Siberia, but it's a rainy 66F in my neck of the woods. The coldest it's ever gotten here was right at about 0 in '89.

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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 **** that is all too damn cold for me.

So I can laugh at Floridians, Texans, and Southern Californians, but damn, Canadians can laugh at me for being a wuss when it comes to cold.

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Holy **** that is all too damn cold for me.

So I can laugh at Floridians, Texans, and Southern Californians, but damn Canadians can laugh at me for being a wuss when it comes to cold.
When I was a kid, I once walked to school and spit up in the air, and it would freeze on the way down and bounce. I got to do it all the way to school, and then again all the way home when I got to school and discovered the doors were locked because it was too damn cold.
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Where do you live?! Yikes! I used to live in the greater Vancouver area and it never, ever got that cold. Not even close.
I'm in Edmonton, Cynthia.
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