Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ye gods of global warming, hear our prayer!

It's -34 C here this morning. Factor in wind chill, and it feels like -44, which, for obscure mathematical reasons that are far beyond me, is pretty much the same number in Fahrenheit. 

From the Environment Canada website: 

Bitterly cold Arctic air combined with westerly winds of 15 to 30 km/h will produce wind chill values in the -40 to -49 range throughout most of Southern Saskatchewan today through Thursday. At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than 10 minutes.

Brrr. Dreaming of summer...


  1. I wonder...Can you really feel a difference between -34 and -44? Is there any point in being so precise once it gets that cold? Good thing I'm not a meteorologist: "Weather today will be just darned cold! So cold you could freeze your backside off--literally!"

  2. I'm equally as displeased with our 35C weather, especially with an air-conditioner that drips water inside the house.

  3. You are correct, UCHW, you cannot feel a difference. Frozen to death at -30 likely feels no different than frozen to death at -40. The only difference lies in how quickly death (or, more likely, frostbite) will occur. If you take a 10-min. walk to the Post Office in -30 (without wearing a balaclava--recommended), your cheeks will glow crimson for a while when you get back inside. If you do this in -40 weather, you will have permanent damage to your face. The weather office issues these warnings so that people will be sensible and just stay inside, or if you can't, dress as though you were in Siberia.

    Mrs. Blurn, I feel for you. I don't like PLUS 35 C any better. Maybe we should all move to England.