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post #1 of 190
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Currently in my part of the frozen tundra that is Canada it's -31 degrees Celsius with a wind chill of -48. Over four-fifths of Canada is currently under a windchill warning. Exposed flesh will freeze in under thirty seconds.

I love my country and I'm proud of how tough we are when it comes to winter but this is bordering on the crazy.

Keep warm, everyone!
post #2 of 190
Wow that's cold. Good you saw Day After Tomorrow, now you know how to survive. Just outrun it.
post #3 of 190
Yeah, my car died on me sometime between Saturday and this morning. I guess drops of 20 something degrees will do that, huh?

Remind me again why I live in this God forsaken winter wasteland..
post #4 of 190
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Originally Posted by El Tati View Post
Wow that's cold. Good you saw Day After Tomorrow, now you know how to survive. Just outrun it.
And a fast foot establishment with Gas stoves will help.


How do you stay warm, keep the house heated in that kind of weather?
post #5 of 190
It builds character, you cowards.

Do you have some bubbles handy? Bundle up, go outside, and enjoy the awesomeness of air so cold that it makes bubbles freeze in mid-air.
post #6 of 190
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How do you stay warm, keep the house heated in that kind of weather?
Layers will keep you warm if you go outside. Central heating is your friend for your house. I also keep a fire going in the fireplace. Get it roaring in the morning, close the vents before you head to work to smother the oxygen and it'll smolder all day. Open the vents when you get home and ta-dah, instant fire.

Needless to say you have to plug in your car if you want it to start. Sorry to hear about your car, Trejo!

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Originally Posted by MissZooey View Post
It builds character, you cowards.

Do you have some bubbles handy? Bundle up, go outside, and enjoy the awesomeness of air so cold that it makes bubbles freeze in mid-air.
I've been living in Canada for 37 years. I have enough character, already. Can I build some of the character that El Tati gets?

I just suggested the bubble thing to my co-workers. I think we'll be doing that on our lunch break. It's either that or counting how long until beer bottles explode.
post #7 of 190
It is 52 degrees here on campus.

Thanks, Global Warming!
post #8 of 190
It was 50 degrees here yesterday. Today it's supposed to be 3, as in three degrees above zero. What the hell?
post #9 of 190
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Originally Posted by Ryan S~ View Post
Exposed flesh will freeze in under thirty seconds.
Screw the bubbles - that's what you should do on your lunch break.
post #10 of 190
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Originally Posted by Trejo View Post
Remind me again why I live in this God forsaken winter wasteland..
Tim Horton's, of course.
post #11 of 190
65 here in Orlando. I almost didn't wear shorts today. Almost.
post #12 of 190
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Banks is my hero View Post
Tim Horton's, of course.
And, we have a winner...
post #13 of 190
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Originally Posted by Ryan S~ View Post
Currently in my part of the frozen tundra that is Canada it's -31 degrees Celsius with a wind chill of -48. Over four-fifths of Canada is currently under a windchill warning. Exposed flesh will freeze in under thirty seconds.

I love my country and I'm proud of how tough we are when it comes to winter but this is bordering on the crazy.

Keep warm, everyone!
Canadians who don't live in BC are nuts. It's 1c here and it isn't going to get colder than -1 or -2 tonight. I love my temperate climate.
post #14 of 190
Calgary is normally a decent enough spot to be in, regular chinooks keep things from getting too extreme.. but it is just going to be cold as all hell this week.

As payback against Mother Nature, I'm going to leave my car running idle an extra 20 minutes every day to speed up this whole global warming thing. No one should be suffering -40s windchill.
post #15 of 190
I'm really enjoying the nice hot summer, sitting outside reading, with a soft warm breeze. Life is good.
post #16 of 190
Yeah, i'm next to my balcony, my shirt's off and i'm drinking a nice cold beer. Lovely summer night.
post #17 of 190
Texas = not cold. It's been floating from 15-20 C for a while now with occasional drops to say...10 or so. Other Texans consider this to be cold, so they turn the heater up to 23ish and start blazing fires.

I am sweating my ass off at work with a box fan pointed directly at me b/c of it. I won't even venture out into the front desk/lobby for longer than 5 minutes b/c it's too close to the fireplace. The thermostat in the lobby says it's like 26 C.

I think I've actually become intolerant to heat over the past couple of years and I am clueless as to why.
post #18 of 190
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-32 °C


Observed at: Calgary Int'l Airport
Date: 6:00 AM MST Tuesday 29 January 2008
  • Condition:Mostly Cloudy
  • Pressure:101.9 kPa
  • Tendency:falling Visibility:13 km
  • Temperature:-31.5°C
  • Dewpoint:-36.3°C
  • Humidity:63 %
  • Wind:S 18 km/h
  • Wind Chill: -45
Horrid and El Tati are dead to me now!
post #19 of 190
Car plugged in since yesterday. Still won't start.

Hey Tati, do you have a spare room?
post #20 of 190
I have a couch, it's good.
post #21 of 190
In the last two weeks the temperature here has been changing an average 10-12 degrees celsius every 3-4 days (example: -7/-5 on monday, the same in the positives by thursday). I've become so sensitive to fronts that I can hardly concentrate sometimes my head hurts so much. Which just should not happen when you're 23.

And to answer your question, yes, I do feel like a pussy for complaining about this when your weather has the ability to KILL UNDER A MINUTE.
post #22 of 190
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Originally Posted by El Tati View Post
I have a couch, it's good.
Perfect, I love couches. You are teh good friend!

Frankly, I would have settled for: floor, broom closet, crawl space under the stairs, or even outside on the lawn/dirt/pavement/whatever.

It's summer for you guys there right now? What's the winter like in Buenos Aires? Maybe I can do the best of both: Canada summers here, Canada winters there. I've always wanted to spend the winters someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano...
post #23 of 190
Rep for perfect use of Dumb & Dumber line!
post #24 of 190
I'm in New Brunswick...

It was -32 C (about -25 F) not including wind a few days ago.
It was cold enough that I could hear an occasional nail snap in the exterior walls.

Ususally, the average coldest day in winter in this area, including windchill, is about -50 F, and the average hottest day in summer is about 100 F. Now that's a hell of a difference in temperatures.

A little secret about us Canadians: we like to brag about our cold weather and are proud of being able to handle it, but... we all fucking hate it.
post #25 of 190
In mid-Michigan here...

Currently a balmy 5 degrees with a wind chill hovering around -22. Yesterday, we had highs of 45 degrees. You just can't beat such subtle 67 degree shifts in temperature. We incurred that oh-so-common phenomena overnight known as a flash freeze. Our roads are skating rinks thanks to the melting snow and rain suddenly subjected to arctic conditions.

Yes Michigan! Come for the poor economy, stay for the...uh...well, just stay because it's shaped like a mitten.
post #26 of 190
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Yes Michigan! Come for the poor economy, stay because you got stabbed in Detroit!
Fixed.

It's currently -8 (Celsius) with the sun shining. The wind is going fucking crazy though. It won't get any higher then +5 (apparently for next Monday) but that'll change. Yesterday it was ridiculously warm out. Bitter fucking cold the past few weeks then all of a sudden, "hey I'm wearing a sweater outside and I'm fine!" then today comes and BAM! Cold again. Weather works in mysterious ways.

I was seriously considering moving out to British Columbia. Maybe Vancouver or Burnaby. But then I got a job that if it takes off could be pretty awesome. I should move to Cuba. With the money I have now I could live like a King for a years. I'd love to take on a hurricane. Throw in something new for once rather then snow all the time.
post #27 of 190
Man I love MN. There has been almost a 50 degree difference from Monday and yesterday. You gotta love it being 40+ degrees out one day and then -20+ with windchill the next.
post #28 of 190
Currently, in Milwaukee, it's 3 with a wind chill of -16. It was so windy last night that my tiny, frightened bunny instinct kicked in, requiring me to open one eye every time the wind would make the window frames groan.
post #29 of 190
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Originally Posted by SneakyPete View Post
I'm in New Brunswick...
Cold plus moisture, not fun in any sense.

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Originally Posted by SneakyPete View Post
A little secret about us Canadians: we like to brag about our cold weather and are proud of being able to handle it, but... we all fucking hate it.
So true. It's a point of pride to survive a Canadian winter but there's a very good reason we all become snow birds later in life. Or move to the interior of BC.

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Originally Posted by Werewolf Girl
Canadians who don't live in BC are nuts. It's 1c here and it isn't going to get colder than -1 or -2 tonight. I love my temperate climate.
Yeah but it's a damp cold.

I remember flying out to Van for New Year's. When I left Saskatchewan it was -43 and I arrived at the airport in Van and it was -1. We stopped for some beer and the guy at the liquor store asked if it was cold enough for me. I told him I came from -43 so it was actually quite lovely. The he fed me the "Yeah, but it's a dry cold" line. I explained that no matter how cold it felt in Van Saskatchewan was still 43 times colder wet or dry.
post #30 of 190
On the complete opposite of the spectrum of weather, I once visited the UK for a little over a week. It was a beautiful 70 just about every day there. I flew back home to 100+ degree weather with no cool breeze. It was like walking into a blast furnace.
post #31 of 190
I agree with the dude in the Van liquor store. For me, damp cold is the worst. It can be approaching freezing temperatures here and it takes me forever to get comfortable/warm. I couldn't have lived on either coast in Canada.

Growing up in Nipigon, (Northwestern) Ontario, -60 wasn't uncommon. But at least it was dry. You could run across the street to the neighbour's house without a jacket at -60 and be none the worse for it. "Holy Fuck it's cold out there!", and then on with business.

Now that I live in metro Atlanta I can't understand why I was subjected to that torturous cold for the first 25 years of my life. I really can't.
post #32 of 190
I think the needle dipped below 65 last night. Thankfully it feels like a mid 70s day, or there'd be hell to pay!
post #33 of 190
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Now that I live in metro Atlanta I can't understand why I was subjected to that torturous cold for the first 25 years of my life. I really can't.
I remember I down in Alabama about two years ago in May. It was nice and warm. T-shirts and shorts. Then we get back to Ontario a few days later and I have to put the jeans and the spring jacket on. I love warm weather. I'd love to live in Southern U.S. where it's warm but the legal, health, insurance and the government frighten me.
post #34 of 190
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...but the legal, health, insurance and the government frighten me.
Yeah. Me too.
post #35 of 190
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Canadians who don't live in BC are nuts. It's 1c here and it isn't going to get colder than -1 or -2 tonight. I love my temperate climate.
As an ex-Albertan I'd agree except for every fucking driver here in the mainland who regards snow and ice as a personal challenge to their egos and guns it on the local streets.

Oh, and a extra wet PFO to the folks at Burnaby city hall for spending $20M on an SAP system plus thinking about ES&S optical voting machines while plowing and sanding only occur on bus routes.
post #36 of 190
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I think the needle dipped below 65 last night. Thankfully it feels like a mid 70s day, or there'd be hell to pay!
Die.

In a fire.

Warm enough for ya now?!?!? Huh? Huh? What?!
post #37 of 190
Will you people PLEASE agree on a common fucking temperature scale?
post #38 of 190
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Originally Posted by MissZooey View Post
Currently, in Milwaukee, it's 3 with a wind chill of -16. It was so windy last night that my tiny, frightened bunny instinct kicked in, requiring me to open one eye every time the wind would make the window frames groan.
We've been fortunate to not have too rough of a winter yet (don't worry - there's still time for us to get our asses kicked), but when we hit a cold and windy snap, jesus, do the windows rattle in my apartment. There were a couple of nights when I'd actually slept out in the living room because the rattling is far louder and scarier against the bedroom windows. Not that the living room is much better, but it's like - pick the lesser of the two evils, and then try to actually fall asleep.
post #39 of 190
Aah, you have no idea how great it is to not have to deal with that anymore, Lisa.

I love the city, don't get me wrong, but when it's cold AND windy out on the same, walking outside is like risking death in a fucking wind tunnel. I've made up my mind that if I hate wind more than the cold. grrr...
post #40 of 190
See, I love living in an apartment, Doc, it's just the kind of apartment. My next place will:

a) Not be in a shitty building like this one.
b) Not have a corner bedroom with windows on both walls.

I really loved my old apartment - no rattle-y windows, I slept like a baby in that place.
post #41 of 190
In my city the winter has been mild. Still have February to go which can be a bitch when it comes to ice storms. Last night we have 60 mph winds.
post #42 of 190
Last night I came home around 5, and it was a pleasant enough 35 or so. Then I looked out the window at 7:30, and it was snowing fairly heavily. I figured fuck it, I'm going to go get a burrito, and I'll pick up some firewood from next door to the taqueria while I'm out. Not only had the temperature dropped about 30 degrees, but there was some kind of arctic tornado thing going on in my neighborhood, enabling the wind to blast directly into my face both on the way there and on the way back. Then I got home and tried to light a fire, but I couldn't because the wind was blowing so hard down the chimney that it would put out everything but embers and blew the smoke back into the living room.

Fucking "Windy City" can bite my ass.
post #43 of 190
The lock on my driver's side door froze last night. I got the door open, but it wouldn't close because it was still 'locked'. That is cold. I can't beleive I moved from one of the hottest major metro areas in the US to one of the coldest.
post #44 of 190
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Originally Posted by MissZooey View Post
It builds character, you cowards.

Do you have some bubbles handy? Bundle up, go outside, and enjoy the awesomeness of air so cold that it makes bubbles freeze in mid-air.
I told my wife about this post, and now we're dying to try this. How cold does it have to be for this to work?
post #45 of 190
If I ever move to Canada, someone should remind me to buy a pair of shoes. That's right, I'm one of those dumbasses who where flip flops all the time. But I live in Alabama; can you blame me?

Oh, and speaking of Alabama, I saw my first snowfall in at least five years a couple weeks ago.
post #46 of 190
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If I ever move to Canada, someone should remind me to buy a pair of shoes. That's right, I'm one of those dumbasses who where flip flops all the time. But I live in Alabama; can you blame me?
There'll be no need to remind you. November will likely make you run to the nearest Payless. Or more likely to the local military surplus to get decent winter boots.

Don't know if a toque would fit over your hair, though, Owen. You may have to do the Bjorn Borg headband look.
post #47 of 190
I meant someone should remind me before I go up there, and my feet fall off on the way to the store.

Head coverings are something else I haven't thought about, because I haven't worn anything up there since.... well I guess since I played baseball in 7th grade. So much to consider.
post #48 of 190
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Originally Posted by Jared Melton View Post
Texas = not cold. It's been floating from 15-20 C for a while now with occasional drops to say...10 or so. Other Texans consider this to be cold, so they turn the heater up to 23ish and start blazing fires.

I am sweating my ass off at work with a box fan pointed directly at me b/c of it. I won't even venture out into the front desk/lobby for longer than 5 minutes b/c it's too close to the fireplace. The thermostat in the lobby says it's like 26 C.

I think I've actually become intolerant to heat over the past couple of years and I am clueless as to why.
Your blood may be to thick. Go give blood, besides it is good for you.
post #49 of 190
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Originally Posted by IggytheBorg View Post
I told my wife about this post, and now we're dying to try this. How cold does it have to be for this to work?
It has to be really, really cold for it to be effective. I'm fairly certain that it will always work when it's below freezing out, but you run the risk of the bubbles popping before they get a chance to freeze. When you get a good -25 wind chill out, the bubbles will freeze immediately. It looks really cool. You have to blow fast, though, so the solution doesn't freeze in the bubble wand.
post #50 of 190
What do they do when they freeze, Zooey? Do they just drop to the ground and shatter like glass?
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