It Goes Right Thru Ya !

Sweet….gee….zuzzz..is it cold or what? I am no longer the tough Canadian guy I used to be…I like my creature comforts these days and let me tell ya, they are in short supply walking to work in this cold weather.

Today I had the long underwear, t-shirt, turtleneck shirt, cordroy pants, shirt, and a sweater underneath my parka and I was still none too comfortable….my feet were good, tucked into my boots and with gloves and a hat the rest of me was OK, but it was a general cold feeling. The kind that as the expression is, ‘goes right thru ya’ and that’s how it felt.


Here in the East, along the Atlantic coast, we get a kind of “damp cold” that is hard to describe, but it penetrates your body, apparently worse than the drier cold of the more northern places farther inland, or at least that is what we all like to believe.

Apparently minus 10 below in Northern Alberta is not as bad as minus 10 below in the East….I don’t believe that, minus 10 is minus 10 whether you are North, South, East of West….it’s cold…wet or dry…although being wet and cold is never a good combination.

 Right now in Nova Scotia it is Minus 6 degrees celsius, which equates to 20 degrees farhenheit, factor in the wind chill and what you get actually feels like minus 13C or 9F. That dam wind chill…..

A quick check of the weather channel and come to find out, right now in Jasper Alberta Canada, it is -2C or 27F it’s warmer in the Rocky Mountains than it is in Halifax. On the other hand, way up at Dawson City in the Yukon Territory, right now it’s -28 celsius and -18 farenheit…Ha ha…poor buggers…

Still, the damp cold that we get does seem to make it a little harder to take, perhaps because the moisture in the air gets on your exposed skin and starts to freeze. Now that…is a Rob Fact that has no basis in anything other than my imagination….ok…I am just rambling now….so I am going to shut up and go throw another log on the fire.  Lets take a look at some temperatures…..see where it might be nice to go on a little trip….and where it might not be so nice…..

Fairbanks, Alaska………………-13F……..-25C  nope…not for me….
Halifax Nova Scotia……………..9F……… -6C  bring your woolies….
Vancouver British Columbia….48F………. 9C  bearable, but rainy….
Kansas City, Kansas …………..39F………. 4C  nope too chilly and tornadoes…
Orlando, Florida…………………48F……….. 9C  Not bad, but kind of cool for Florida….
Dallas, Texas……………………..55F……… 13C  Better, maybe pretty good actually
Michigan Center, Michigan……29F………. -1C  ahh….no…sorry Shelley…..
New Hampshire, New Hampshire…18F………. -7C  not likely my next stop…..
Edinburgh Scotland………………34F………..1C   Yeah…and nothing under the kilt!!
Alert, Nunavit, Canada………. -22F …….-30C  OMG !!
Dawson City, Yukon Territory.-18F……..-28C  Yup…that is cold…very cold.
Moscow Russia……………………..9F……… -12C  not this year, sorry….
Bangor Maine………………………11F……… -11C  anything with a minus number is not for me.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic…70F…….. 21C   now we are talking….

Kingston, Jamaica…………………….77F………. 25C  OK this sounds good….
Trinidad and Tobago…………………75F………. 24C  I’m liking this too !
Perth Australia…………………………91F………. 33C  Wow! Now this is hot!!

It could be much worse, we could be in Haiti, with those poor souls suffering the aftermath of the earthquake, kind of makes the cold, even the damp cold, seem like nothing…..

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  1. When I lived in NS, and when I lived BC, I often felt colder in winter than I do living in Ottawa, because the dampness really got to me! We are having a bit of a thaw now and the temps have been hovering around 1C, and it's driving everyone nuts. :) I just want the temps to drop again so things dry out.
    Stay warm, and yes, I'm grateful too that I am in my safe, warm house here, not suffering like Haiti, which really deserves a break instead of aftershocks. :(

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