BRRRRRR...What temperature do you view as 'cold?'

Canada
January 19, 2008 11:52pm CST
After shedding so many highs and lows with the last two discussions on pets I decided to take a breather for now. Once again I would like to express how deeply every response has touched both David and me. As I have said so often about Mylot Land...hearing from new and old friends always makes my world a warmer, brighter place...and that was sooooo true since putting Tasha to rest on Tuesday. And believe me having our world feeling warmer is something we need right now...and here is why it is freezing here. Consequently I am curious about what temperature you view as cold where you are? For example we consider minus 20 Celsius 'normal' for us at in January. However at 11:20 PM CST this Saturday evening...in the middle of the prairies in Southwestern Manitoba we are feeling a really big BRRRRR. With the wind chill factor here tonight it is MINUS 44c. For those who use Fahrenheit to measure temperatures minus 40 degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit are about the same...both wickedly cold!!!! Now they do not call our capitol city Winter-peg without good reason...and Manitobans are a hearty bunch and can 'weather' pretty cold temperatures. However, this is one big deep freeze and maybe hearing about balmier climates across the planet will help me remember that Spring will come...yeah...in another...two to three months. So if it is warmer where you are...count your blessings my friend! So for those of you who might think it is cold where you are...how does it compare to our cold, cold cold temperatures here? Don't worry I might be a little envious if you are basking in balmy weather...but I still love our four seasons and long Manitoba summers and wouldn't trade them...darn this is cold!!!! So stay warm if it is cold cold...and enjoy the warmth if it isn't! Raia
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
23 Jan 08
Oh my!!!! I guess that's why I haven't ventured in Manitoba yet LOL No, no even here in ONtario I find it extremely cold. What do I consider cold? Anything below 10 degrees celsius. I Know.. I Know it's nothing but I grew up in the high 20s minimum and I don't think I will ever get used to cold LOL
• Canada
24 Jan 08
Hi to a fellow Canadian...always good to know who else is out there. In regard to never getting used to it...I was born and raised here...and even though I accept it...when it gets this cold I still find it hard to adjust to. Good chatting. Raia
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
25 Jan 08
Indeed it's really nice to find other Canadians in here:) I believe that you find it hard to adjust to a very cold day ,but I bet your definition of a very cold day is very different LOL Hope your day wasn't too cold today :) It wasn't completely bad here either, considering hehehehe
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• Canada
25 Jan 08
Hi again...thanks for your 'warm wishes.' Actually today it was warmer than it has been since Saturday. My friend and I bundled up and went for a walk...and the sun felt warm and there was no wind. It didn't reach the minus 6 mark...but after the 'brrrrr factor' of the last few days it was a delightful change. Hope you are toasty warm where you are...and it is starting to stay light longer...and that is great as well. Raia
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Oh I know how cold that feels as I have lived in Wis. in the winteer time and where I worked the smokers had to go outside on the north side of the building where the wind blew the thermomitor out there would say -10 never knew the wind chill factor glad I didnt lol and that was cold coold. We here in Nevada have had a cold snap too the artic air is reaching us as I forgot to turn off auto sprinklers and had no warning Thrusday I had ICe on my front lawn stayed for 2 days for it had dropped to 28 that night. 45 in day time. where it had been in the 40s at night and close to 60 day time to me 32 F is real cold here. can get up to in the 50ws but if wind blowing it can go right thru ya. I love out doors but if sun dont shine I havent been out since thrusday except to a store or where ever just had to go!
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Your approach to cold weather is like mine...stay inside!!! The temperatures sure dropped fast for you there...when we spoke on Sunday you said it was around 60. Snow on the lawn...not too good! So you stay in and stay warm...that is what we are all doing here too. Warmer weather (Minus 6) is supposed to be heading our way on Thursday...let us hope so...and for you too! Raia
• Canada
21 Jan 08
Oh yes, thanks for your comment on the photo...yes David is standing on a stream bed near the lake...rather than on the lake itself...good observation! Raia
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
21 Jan 08
no , no snow Ice from the sprinklers going on . and yes we dropped in temps fast stayed in the 30s in the mornings for several day now this morning its 46 when I got up. and the weather man IS hollering for snow this week but we may see it but not get on the ground lol Thanks just looked like he was standing on a creek the way the bushes and other studff is arranged
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Jan 08
Hi perspectives, I don't envy your minus 44, but here in eastern Canada we are preparing for another big snowstorm with 20-35 centimeters expected this evening and overnight. I lived in Labrador for two years, where we often saw minus 40 and even minus 60,(this was when we still used Fahrenheit) and I think I prefer the cold over some of the snowstorms we've been seeing this year. By the way the temperature is minus 8 here today. Bundle up and keep warm, that's the only advice I have for you. As for myself, I plan to stay inside and hope that the storm doesn't knock out our power, as it did just before Christmas. Take care. Blessings.
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Hi Pose...thanks for the update in your area. I don't envy you storms and blizzards! I agree with you that I'll take the cold rather than that any day...because we have lost power upon occasion with the bad ones as well. My thoughts will be with you this evening...and please come back and let me know how you are doing. Yes, bundling up and staying inside is the best way to get through it...and I sincerely hope you don't lose your power. I know that it is like and it is not enjoyable! You take care as well...and I wish you safe passage through the storm...and happy landings on the other side! Raia
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
21 Jan 08
Hi perspectives, The storm wasn't as bad as expected, and its beautiful and sunny today, temperture about minus 12. Hope you are keeping warm. Blessings.
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• Canada
22 Jan 08
Hi Pose and I appreciate you getting back to me. I have been thinking about you and wondering if you and yours were OK. Glad to hear you are...and that the storm didn't hit as expected. It is still chilly here...minus 26 with a wind chill over minus 30. We are hoping that the forecast for Thursday is correct...temperatures around 6. Let us hope. Good chatting...thanks for the way you respond to my responses. Raia
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
20 Jan 08
As it does not get very cold in Australia... most of the people don't have an heating system capable to handle temperatures below 0 degree celcius. Where I live in the bush... it is slightly colder than Sydney. As long as the outside temperature is not below zero... I can maintain 18 to 20 degrees inside. But where I am... it often drop below zero during the early hours of the morning. It goes as far as minus 6... by which time... I only have 12 inside... with the heating going. If I turn the heating off... I have zero inside.
• Canada
20 Jan 08
Ouch...that sounds like a brrr to me. I like to be warm whether inside or out...so we keep temperatures inside the house at at least 70...even if it can cost an arm and a leg at this time of year. Anyway...good to compare things.. Raia
• Australia
20 Jan 08
It is only a question of wearing warm clothes while inside. Our body adapt to the cold in the same manner that it adapt to the heat. If your average temperature is 20... and you don't die when it is 40... you should not die when it is 0. Celcius I am talking. I have met several people in Sydney who did not have any heating system at all. They just wear warm clothes. It is also related to what you are doing. If you are sitting behind the computer the whole day with 18 degrees... you are going to be cold. But if you are vacuming the house... you are going to be hot.
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Whatever the circumstances...I keep it warm...because that is the way I like it. I guess if I had to adapt I could...but right now I am snuggly warm in my office and grateful! We do think green when not in the many rooms in our 2,000 square foot home and turn down the heat in rooms we are not inhabiting...and at night. However, the rest of the time I keep myself warm in whatever way I choose to. Good information as always...so long for now... Raia
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
20 Jan 08
We don't have snows here, as you know, we live in a tropical country. But we do have some wind chills here, sometimes it depends on the place where you live in. If you're residing on or near a mountain, then most probably you get to feel the coldness of the atmosphere. But for as lowland dwellers, the most would be around 20 to 30 degrees fahrenheit. Not that cold, really.. ;p We have seasnoal rains as of now, I believe there's a tropical storm building somewhere near south of our region.
• Canada
20 Jan 08
Hi...I noticed your new Avatar...cute! Thanks for you prompt reply...I wondered about your climate...yes 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit is a huge contrast to our 44 C. Ahhh...enjoy your balmy weather my friend...and send some warm breezes our way...times like this we could sure use it. (Smiles.) Raia
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
20 Jan 08
Hehe! I wish I could, but I also hope you get to feel the warmness as you receive some responses from others sharing their stories with you!;)
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• Canada
20 Jan 08
Hi...11 hours later and it is a LITTLE warmer...and sunny. The temperature today minus 23 with a windchill minus 32. But yes, all the lovely, warm 'vides' I always receive when shared with friends here always makes things feel fuzzier! Thanks my friend. Raia
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
24 Jan 08
In Miami, when it dips down to the high sixties that's excuse enough to bring out our leather jackets and boots! lol I actually like the cooler weather, but to be more honest, I think when it gets down to the 40's and 50's the news crews go out and start interviewing people about how COLD it is. We do have a big homeless population down here, I guess because of the milder weather, when it does get colder, the homeless do become more of a concern. We also get a lot of news coverage on how the farmers in Homestead (a city south of Miami) are doing what they can to protect their crops.
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• Canada
24 Jan 08
Well my friend...it seems ages since our last chat...and maybe it was...time flies here. Anyway, hope all is well with you as you enjoy your balmy weather. Wow...cold being 40 and 50...I WISH!!! However, it is as you have said we are all acclimatized differently and when you are used to living within a certain bell curve it can feel dramatic when it swings too far one way or the other. Yes...we are also interested in how crops are doing down south. In the winter a lot of produce is shipped up our way because nothing grows outside in these temperatures. Good to have you back, Raia
• India
21 Jan 08
i consider 16 degree as cold in south india, most part of the year is hot, except for nov to feb.
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
I guess when you are used to more tropical weather I can appreciate why 16 degrees would feel cold. Also if it is cold...and damp that can create a different kind of Brrrr factor. Thanks or you input...and welcome to Mylot! Raia
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
21 Jan 08
well its -8 right now, and i consider that cold. i hate it.. love warm weather, and am looking now for a vacation from this freeezing hell.
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Freezing hell...hell freezing over...either way you sound like you have had enough! Oh well try to draw a little comfort from the fact that we are more frozen up here...and sooner or later it will get warmer...global warming...right? Anyway, thanks for your input...cold as we are! Raia
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Here I was thinking it was cold. Down around zero, you have it cold, brrrrrrr. I think its cold when it gets down below 0 or in the single digits. Its cold when its in the teens too, but bearable. I live in Northern Ohio, USA, so we do get cold. Right now we have an artic blast coming from your neck of the woods. Send some warm breezes down this way. Stay warm. THINK SPRING!!!!
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Ah yes...think spring Polly..I am trying...but we probably won't see it until April. Then a couple of years ago we had a blizzard on May 5th. I'll think on sending you some warm breezes...we are supposed to be warming up on Thursday with temps around 6...so wheewwwwwwww...there blowing warm breezes your way. Pretty feeble huh? Oh well I guess it is the thought that counts...smiles! Thanks for giving me your 'cold zone.' Hang on too...like all things there is a beginning, middle and end...even to a deep freeze! Cheers, Raia
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
21 Jan 08
well in our place we consider it is cold out here if it reaches on 26 below...yeah i agree with you we must enjoy what we have now(weather)..
• Canada
21 Jan 08
So where is here? 26 below...yep that is getting into the cold zone alright. Thankfully it is supposed to warm up here by Thursday...I sure hope so! Thanks for the update... Raia
@Jimmy3371 (143)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Here in Alabama we have a temp of 28F today but it don't really feel that cold when I was younger I Lived in Michigan in the Detroit area and 28F seemed a lot colder now we don't have any snow here and we don't get real cold so this is cold for me I kinda like it this way
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Hi and welcome to Mylot and heading towards the first 100 credits! Good that you are in a place where the climate is more to your liking. My hubs and I were born and raised in Manitoba...so we are used to the cold winters...but with the wind chill lately...it feels wickedly cold...and we are staying inside until it warms up. Thanks for your input. Raia
@urbandekay (18312)
20 Jan 08
Unless it's below 0c I'm in sandals, then as it gets colder, it's ear cold, finger cold, raw, bone cold, ow 'kin cold, F* S* B* cold. all the best urban
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Your comments on the cold...couldn't have said it better myself...only I didn't! (smiles.)Thanks for that Urban! Raia
@munhozmib (3853)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
20 Jan 08
Hello! For us here, cold is below 15 Celsius degrees. I know, it's not much of a big deal for many, but here in Brazil it's usually hot. Except those last days. Right now it's raining, and I know it's cold! I always let the weather forecast on myLot homepage, I find it very useful. It's 21 degrees, and we consider it cold already. Don't know how can you live under Minus 44c. Respectfully.
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Hello again...thanks for keeping in touch. Hmmm below 15C would be balmy right now...but I do understand when it dips below what anyone is used to it can be hard to adapt. At least up here we have extra blankets and clothing to layer ourselves and that helps. I would imagine that many in your country do not have to contend with lower temperatures too often. How we acclimatize is because those of who are raised here have been through this before and probably will again. Although with the windchill it does create a really big Brrrr factor. Thankfully we are supposed to have warmer weather starting on Thursday...lets hope so! Take care... Raia
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
20 Jan 08
hey how cold is there today? here in southern ontario, (hamilton) its -25 celcius - thats the windchill) ahhh - canadian winters eh??? lol cheers!
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Hello to another fellow Canadian...we do seem to be finding each other. I wonder how many there are of us on Mylot...do you know? I know they break members down by region...but I have never calculated it. Might be interesting. One thing we do have in common in some parts of Canada is our understanding of our chilly winters. Pose just offered her views and they are settling in and bracing for blizzard like conditions. I'd rather have the cold we are...than heavy storm conditions...loss of power can lead to an even bigger Brrrrr factor. Let's send our Eastern friends some warming, safe thoughts. Thanks for dropping by...and layer, layer layer!! Raia
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
20 Jan 08
Hello my dear perspective friend. Now it is very cold here in my place, in the east past of China. Our temperature today 2 degrees centigrade above zero in the daytime. Days back it was three degrees centigrade below zero. So compared with the extremely low temperature that you are having, it is not cold at all to you. I am happy and lucky to live in a place not too cold. Stay warm, dear friend.
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Hello again...good to hear from you. Missed not chatting with you as we all shed a lot of tears during the discussions about saying goodbye to our pets and whether they have feelings or not. It has been quite an emotional roller coaster ride..but all the wonderful comments and touching stories has been very cathartic to me. Your country and the temperatures there sound pretty idyllic alright. We had friends visit who were raised in China and they said our rolling hills reminded them of some parts of it. Our gorgeous summers make up for the short, long cold days of winter...but when we are in the middle of a deep freeze like this Spring feels like it far, far away...even though it will be here by April (usually). Although one year we had a major snowstorm on May 5th...we were not happy Manitoba ins ans!!! Anyhow, thanks for dropping by...and yes with a few extra layers of clothing and blankets David and I are keeping warm...and staying inside! Cheers, Raia
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• China
20 Jan 08
Hehe!I wish I could,but I also hope you get to feel the warmness as you receive some responses from others sharing their stories with you!
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Yes ditto to the above! Raia
• China
20 Jan 08
Hehe!I wish I could,but I also hope you get to feel the warmness as you receive some responses from others sharing their stories with you!
• Canada
21 Jan 08
Hello..and welcome to you my new Mylotting friend. Thanks for you chuckles and warm wishes...I always do receive a lot of warmth from the great people who live in Mylot land...and I am sure you will too! Raia
• China
20 Jan 08
cold is basically 15 celsius and below
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Thanks and welcome to Mylot...you'd be freezing and rally cold right now with our wind chill and temperature sitting within the minus 40 area. So long for now...gotta grab a blanket! (smiles) Raia
@maximax8 (28906)
• United Kingdom
20 Jan 08
For someone living in Manitoba, Canada cold temperatures are considered normal. But someone living in Singapore is used to it being summer all year round. I live in the UK and it is known for its temperate climate. Summer is warm, spring and autumn are rather chilly and winter is cold. In the summer a warm day might peak at 20 degrees and an unusually hot day might peak at 30 degrees. I love that sort of sunny weather. Spring and autumn have peak temperatures of about 10 to 15 degrees. Winter is cold having a peak of 5 degrees and at night or or really cold days it could go below freezing. It rarely goes below minus 5 degrees. I think cold is below 10 degrees. Freezing I think is very cold. In the middle of Canada I know minus 40 degrees is possible. Oh my! I love tropical places with hot weather. I would make Canada a summer trip. Although seeing polar bears would be exciting. I was in Singapore and some Canadian guys flew from minus 20 degrees in Canada to plus 30 degrees. They felt so hot and then the girl from Israel turned the air conditioning off.
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• Canada
21 Jan 08
Thanks for offering a really well-rounded perspective on how everything is relative. I like the tropics too although I am not sure I would want it most of the year. I like the four seasons and from the sound of it you have more of that in the UK as well. Canada in the summer sounds like a good idea...and maybe a brief visit in the winter...but not in January! Anyway...I guess if you think cold is below 10...you'd be freezing your bottom off right now! Anyway..thanks for the overview and good examples of the subjective views about the weather! Raia