It’s so cold here that when you build a snowman, you have to live with him.
Ski conditions are excellent but today’s high is -20° and the low is -29° Celsius.
For those of you in the USA, that’s a range of -4 down to -20 Fahrenheit. This is the forecast until Friday, so I’m cancelling skiing for now.
The coldest I’ve ever skied is -33° C (-27° F) and that was the year I bought a neoprene mask.
Nowadays, I don’t have that kind of commitment. My cutoff temperature is about -10°C.
Calgary lives at the 51st parallel which is just 2 degrees above the 49th parallel. The 49th forms the stretch of border between the USA and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia to Manitoba. So, obviously, temperatures can get much colder in Canada as you move further north.
Where are you? Which parallel do you live on? What does “cold” mean to you?
For your entertainment, I am providing the often quoted:
Official Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart
50° Fahrenheit (10° C)
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
Canadians plant gardens.
35° Fahrenheit (16° C)
Italian Cars won’t start.
Canadians drive with the windows down.
32° Fahrenheit (0° C)
American water freezes.
Canadian water gets thicker.
0° Fahrenheit (-17.9° C)
New York City landlords finally turn on the heat.
Canadians have the last cookout of the season.
60° Fahrenheit (-51° C)
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.
-109.3° Fahrenheit (-78.5° C)
Carbon dioxide freezes to make dry ice.
Canadians pull down their earflaps.
-173° Fahrenheit (-114° C)
Ethyl alcohol freezes.
Canadians get frustrated when they can’t thaw the keg.
-459.67° Fahrenheit (-273.15° C)
Absolute zero; all atomic motion stops.
Canadians start saying “cold, eh?”
-500° Fahrenheit (-295° C)
Hell freezes over.
The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.
snowman from photos.com #104714682
Suzanne, love that bit about Canadian weather, so true! I do that for golf, too. I’m a fair weather golfer. If it’s miserable out, why would I golf? It’s supposed to be enjoyable after all.
Have a lovely day and stay warm. Me? I’m considering fingerless gloves, my hands can’t seem to stay warm.
thanks for the chuckle, suzanne. i hadn’t seen the weather comparison before. right now, it’s just cold cold cold. yuck so I’m at home, rather than at CARWA
Hi Michelle and Louise!! Thanks for stopping by.
I did venture out tonight to go to my writers meeting which, as usual, was fun and informative. But, holding on to that steering wheel and wishing my heater was stronger, not so good. I’m still thawing out . . .
Our last cookout was at -10. LOL!
My favorite one is the first one. While warmer places shiver, we’re cheering on the arrival of spring by basking in the warm and sunny 50 degree weather and planting our gardens. 🙂