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Offline PJ Hardtack

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It's freakin' COLD !!!
« on: January 14, 2020, 12:57:34 PM »
It was -40C this morning. The thermometer on the warm side of the house wasn't registering until it warmed up to -36C in the sun.

Another thermometer in the shade is till at -40C, which is where Fahrenheit and Celsius meet.

Mercifully there is no wind. In areas where there is wind, the wind chill factor makes it brutal. Exposed skin freezes almost instantly.

Pets should not be left outdoors for anything other than bathroom breaks. I can't imagine what the ranchers are going through trying to provide water for their horses and cattle.

Snow doesn't 'crunch' when you walk on it - it 'squeeks'. Smoke just hangs in the air.

These are the temps when trees literally explode. You hear what sounds like a rifle shot and the tree bursts. The good news is that these temps kill off the pine beetle.

Definitely a "hunker in the bunker" day ..... ;>)
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 01:04:47 PM »
They said on TV this morning that the wind chill in Calgary could reach -50C or -58F.  We live 60 miles or 100 Kms north of Calgary and the wind chill  forecast for us today is -46C or -51F
Cold enough to freeze the nuts off of a steel bridge.
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 01:52:03 PM »
Yikes!  And I was complaining about shooting in a windy 40F last weekend!   :D

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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 01:57:14 PM »
I hear ya... I no sooner dug out my shorts, and we got hit with a cold front. It was in the 50's last week, and I had to put on sweat pants :o

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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 05:56:39 PM »
Poor babies!

Everything is just twice as hard to do outside. Rubber cracks, metal bonds, electrical cords crack, etc.,

When it comes to cold, generally I feel that it doesn't feel much colder after -25C. The rest is just numbers.

However, things mechanical beg to differ, and even the Gray Jays (Whisky Jacks) and other small birds don't visit the bird feeder.

Beats me how the little guys even survive, if they do.

"A sparrow, falling frozen from it's perch, will die never having known self pity."  A lesson for all of us.
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2020, 06:06:00 PM »
I feel for you.  I have been where it was -40F and I don't want to do that again any time soon (rest of my life).  Winter Warfare school in 92.  I am happy out here in the Texas Panhandle 20 miles south of the "snow line".  It was 72 here today.
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2020, 07:26:23 PM »
I feel for you guys. I worked swing shift outside in the cold 40 years, single digits but never that cold. Wow, it?s 70 this week but back in the twenties next week. Retirement is good.
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2020, 12:55:26 AM »
I feel for you.  I have been where it was -40F and I don't want to do that again any time soon (rest of my life).  Winter Warfare school in 92.  I am happy out here in the Texas Panhandle 20 miles south of the "snow line".  It was 72 here today.

-40 F happened most winters up in Minnesota. Only so many times you can enterain yourself throwing cups of water around. Then, you don?t see the sun for 4 months either You folks up in Kanukastan know that one  >:( >:(

Thats how 5 years in MN seemed like 10 , and I was jumping at the chance for the company to move me ?for free? to go do my job in Southern Colorado!

Now with the changing climate, the formerly Sunnyy Colorado is the new Grey Sky and Flooded Colorado!

I am so pleased I took another move before retirement down to The Great Southwest!

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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2020, 10:25:35 AM »
You bet it's cold! here in Victoria BC, it is -3C with six inches of snow. The university, and my archery club will be closed.
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2020, 11:14:38 AM »
Holy Moley, Batman! Its a FOOT of heavy, white and WET stuff. I'll have to pace myself to avoid a heart attack!
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2020, 11:22:24 AM »
My wife is stranded at the Calgary Airport as YVR (Vancouver) is snowed in, no flights leaving or arriving.

All schools on the Lower mainland of BC closed. Chaos on the roads.

Here we have -42C this am, warming to -29C later in the day. Three feet of snow on the ground. Another 'hunker-in-the-bunker' day for me and the dogs.

I was stationed for two years at CFB Churchill, our Arctic Warfare school at the time. Churchill is on the shore of Hudson's Bay, just above the 58th parallel. About four hours of sunlight on a good day during the winter, but during the summer it never got dark.

The sun would start to set and then it was dawn. I remember shooting Skeet as late as midnight before we were ordered to ceasefire at 11 pm by the Colonel Commandant, Strome Galloway.

This name will be familiar to Sir Charles as Galloway was CO of the Royal Canadian Regiment as they slogged their way up the Italian boot during WWII; part of the famed "D-Day Dodgers". It was some of the worst fighting the Allies had with the terrain favouring the defenders. They also suffered from lack of resources as the war to liberate France was deemed to have priority.

Most of the "D-Day Dodgers" had been serving since 1939 and the survivors of Italy were sent to NW Europe to liberate Holland, another dirty fight against a determined enemy with it's back to the wall.

So much for today's lesson in history ....
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2020, 11:36:58 AM »
Been snowed in at work but never at the airport. Not fun.
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2020, 03:44:35 PM »
WWII Italy was a bitch for the Inf and Arty.
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Re: It's freakin' COLD !!!
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2020, 07:36:57 PM »
Pulled in to the Esso truckstop in Edmonton one day, it was -60f with the windchill. ALL the employees cars were idling in the parking lot, too cold to shut them off.
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