Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A large arctic air mass has settled over our region

Yes, those are the words we heard when our clock radio went off this morning. Of course we are prepared, we live in Canada after all. But we have been spoiled over the last few years. They are predicting true temperature reaching a low of -30C (-22F) with wind chills of -40C (-40F) (although today we seem to have settled on a balmy -26C, -15F). These are temperatures that we haven't seen in 4 years. Only 4 years, that doesn't seem so long now does it? Well it is over half of D's life and M has never experienced them. That would explain why he threw a temper tantrum as I tried to convince him that he did need to wear both his neck warmer and his hat.

I have a co-worker who is from Columbia, emigrated here 9 years ago, and these temperatures scare the crap out of him. It is better now. Last time we had this kind of cold (4 years ago) the cold snap lasted two weeks. He would come into work almost crying. It was kind of funny, in a sick Canadian humour kind of way.

Here's wishing all of you warmth today, unless you are Misty and it is perfect out and you are gardening, then I am just jealous!

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  1. The kids were SO MAD this morning when I made them wear long underwear AND fleece-lined pants AND turtlenecks AND warm sweaters. And then they stepped outside and their eyes (the only exposed skin) hurt from the cold.

    I vividly remember the deep freeze 4 years ago. After several weeks of it, I was ready to jump a plane to somewhere, ANYWHERE, warm.

  2. Sadly, I would be like your co-worker from Columbia. I feel like crying just thinking about those temperatures. (and even more like crying when I try to mentally compute them into fahrenheit. too early for math)

    I don't even know what a neck warmer is!

  3. hmmm, here in Louisian we're shivering because it's about 50 F

  4. J didn't want me to drive him to school this morning, I mean we live around the corner from the school. But, there was no way I was dealing with tears from him to get there then possible frostbite to Apple to get home. No thank you. We all wore our snowsuits in the car anyway, just because it was that cold. What a difference a day makes, eh?

  5. My 3yo didn't admit that it was cold and fought with me about her wanting to go out and fly a kite. Not gonna happen, sweetie.

  6. It was 24 last night in our neck of the woods...which is unusually cold. I had to dig around for appropriate jackets for Brother...because we don't have any. Eek. So, other than covering my roses and hiding my ferns, there is no gardening to speak of, I will say.

    But I don't begrudge you the cold. We would be lost and have no idea how to deal with it.

  7. I think if our house were warmer I would be able to slog through this arctic cold mass alright. There's just no reprise. However, another day and it'll only be -20. Now there's a break!


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