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I had mentioned in  a previous blog dated 1-12-2013  about the Canadian Arctic Blast Experience. With these past few weeks,especially this week, not only is Canada experiencing  very extreme freezing weather but also in the United States and other parts of the world.

Ice,snow,wind chills,freezing rain,polar vortex,constant struggles in dealing with it in a regular basis, travel delays and cancellations, power outages,frostbite, frozen pipe explosions,etc.,etc.

It makes me think that Mother Nature is trying to tell us something about global warming.

Preparing and dealing with the big chill is no different from preparing for a Doomsday scenario in my opinion. Dressing warm,getting edible and non-perishable food items, flashlights,generators,etc.

There’s a Canadian expression here which goes like this  “Is it cold enough for you?’  as a conversation starter. Canadians take great pride in their winters and as to how to deal with them as a badge of honor.

I really don’t know if I would like to say such an expression with the current chill we’re all experiencing right now. It might rub the wrong way to a suffering listener.

Keep warm anyway! Be careful of the ice. It’s challenging to deal with it. I’d rather deal with nice,fluffy snow even if it’s more than 6 feet because you can navigate around it. The chances of falling down into the snow wouldn’t result in  bone fractures unlike if you slip and fall into ice.

What a way to start the new year 2014!!!

Josie

As you know,mon ami, I live in Atlantic Canada(the Maritime provinces as we call it) and winter is no stranger to me. Yet, even though how long I have lived here, getting used to the winter cold can be a challenge sometimes.As they say, just grin and bear it but it can really get dicey with the recent Arctic blast that I had encountered last week.

Here in Canada, we report the weather in Centigrade but for the benefit of my readers who follow the weather more in Fahrenheit, I’ll do so.

Last week, I had a temp of 4 deg Fahrenheit and a wind chill of -28 deg Fahrenheit which I consider as an Arctic blast. Frankly, I find it too early into this winter season to experience it. Perhaps, sometime in late January or most of  February would be considered as the average  period of time.

Anyway, it’s like living inside a freezer. Add the strong gushing winds and you’ll have a magnified chilly sensation to boot!

Everything around was hard snow and ice. If you really need to get around, I’d advise you to wear a traction device on your footwear or else, you’ll end up falling and sustaining some fractures. I  kid you not.

Dress warmly as well. Fully insulated outerwear , inner clothing and underwear are a must.

Perhaps the severity of this year’s winter is a hint of possible global warming, I’m not sure.

Last winter was mild for me yet last year’s summer was a real scorcher as compared to previous summers. Global warming hints,too? Not sure either.

Nevertheless, I”l just continue to grin and bear this winter season until spring comes along which is about 3 months away. Right now, the temp is within 0-10 deg Fahrenheit with no wind chill nor gusty winds. Much better!

Bonjour!

Josie