Our first extreme cold of winter

Well, the snow is done for the time being. It's been cold, but tonight, we get cold with a hint of wind. It doesn’t take much moving air at very cold temperatures to give these wind chills.

Wind chills of this sort are more normal & expected just before, during or after Christmas, and near mid/the end of Jan through mid Feb.

At least it is short lived and as much as it will warm up toward the weekend, it will be gradual & still stay colder. Staying extremely cold or extreme fluctuations (like these temps to almost melting) almost always brings animal troubles, even if you prepare.


  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,469 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Oh my, that's cold!

    I think the coldest wind chill I've ever experienced was 30 below, and only for a night or two. Not a fan.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin
    edited December 2022

    I like the bragging rights of this type of cold. I think it comes with being in Canada although I do acknowledge it gets colder further north and this isn’t that bad in comparison. I like if everything quits being busy because of it. I like the crispness of the air. It is quite unique. It can take your breath away. I also like that it keeps some diseases, parasites & other things at bay.

    I don’t like that chores still need to be done, other people still have to do work all day outside because their work requires it (you should be dressing accordingly), travel is more dangerous should you have vehicle troubles (but at least at those temperatures ice isn’t usually a factor), some things dont work at very cold temperatures, and it's hard on most animals. I don't like that it costs more to heat a house.

    Those that heat with wood get the best and most rewarding heat as long as they had enough cut ahead of time.

    As odd as it sounds, I still would not choose to live anywhere where this doesn't happen at least on occasion. 🤷‍♀️

    I'm going to get the kids to do fun winter (science of course) experiments tomorrow morning when a friend comes over. We've never done the throwing boiling water into the cold air, & blowing bubbles to watch them freeze. We've seen videos. I'm sure there are other activities, but I can't think of those at the moment.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,395 admin

    We are just warming up after our cold snap. It only went down to -32C for two nights, though. By Thursday it will be back up close to 0C. We didn't have much wind chill when it was that cold although it was really windy one night that was -23C on the thermometer so that would have made it close to -40 with the wind chill.

    I used to like the extreme cold a lot more than I do now, but I love the quiet at those really low temps.

    Have fun with your experiments!

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,131 ✭✭✭✭

    We are past our first cold snap, but only down into the 20s. Thank goodness nothing in the minuses so far.

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning that is extremely cold! I don't think I could handle that. Some really cold temps are okay for a few days but I couldn't do cold like that for any extended amount of time.😨

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin
    edited December 2022

    This was the gift left on the front door this morning. 🤗 Old windows + humidity + cold. You don't see this very much anymore.

  • Megan Venturella
    Megan Venturella Posts: 678 ✭✭✭✭

    Wow. It’s a different world. So beautiful though.

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is absolutely beautiful, @LaurieLovesLearning! Jack Frost left you some stunning artwork.😊