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Old 12-20-2004, 11:58 AM   #11
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Hey there Andrew!! Being from the North Bay area, I understand where you are coming from completely. I to have experienced that lung burning, skin searing and take your breath away cold. As a matter of fact, my mother was just speaking of that last night as she is still up there. Here in the east, it does get cold...feels worse than it is with the damp air. However, it is nothing like the cold of the Great White North!! Save your fingers for warmer days!!

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Old 12-20-2004, 12:33 PM   #12
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Andrew, I can appreciate where you are coming from. I was raised in Northern Saskatchewan, and it got "coolish" there, too.

I guess the coldest That I was ever experienced for any length time was on my Junior Non Com course in Base Petawawa. We were on exercise and somehow the communication did not get to to us that we were to stand down training and get under cover for the night because of the temps. So, there we were, traipsing across open areas and frozen lakes doing "patrols" and ambush drills at night when the mercury was heading south and the wind was kicking up a wind chill of -65 C. We knew it was cold, but didn't know how cold till the next day when our rations were delivered.

Thank goodness for all the arctic gear we had been issued in preparation for this.


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Old 12-20-2004, 08:01 PM   #13
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Old 12-20-2004, 08:25 PM   #14
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What's even worse is when the weather cooperates, but work gets in the way...as for "cold" stories....I grew up a couple hundred miles north of Whitehorse. I've seen -74F...no wind chill, dead calm. The only vehicles moving were the cops(heated garage), the tires never got warm enough to get rid of the "flat spot" at the bottom and the fan belt kept breaking. One of the "locals" decided he was going to get his truck going...put a canvas cover over the front end and stuck a tiger torch under it. Took the battery out to warm up in the house. Got everything as warm as he could, hooked up the battery, shot some ether down the hole and cranked it (had synthetic oil in it). Got it running, stepped on the clutch, put it in gear, let up the clutch and was rewarded with the a "SNAP, thump, thump, thump." Had a look underneath and saw the driveshaft hanging down... looked like a piece of candy cane...differential was almost solid!
If you forget to put synthetic grease in your front wheel bearings, you could drag your wheels for a 100 yards before they start to turn....door handles snap off in your hands, you have to put a heating tape on the furnace oil tank to get it to flow, your breath starts freezing to your eyelashes.... is it any wonder I'm in this part of the world now?!?!
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Old 12-20-2004, 11:57 PM   #15
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Andrew is absolutely right about the cold in Northern Ontario. Man, you don't know cold till you've survived a winter up there! Our first winter in Larder Lake, New Year's eve it got -58 F without the wind chill. And I have to laugh at folks here. When I tell that story, they say: "Yeah, but its a dry cold, not damp like here!" Let me tell you, when its -58 F I don't give a darn if its dry or otherwise, its bloody well cold!!!

Its truly cold when its too cold to snowmobile, ski, or ice fish! And when the temp. hits -20 F, Northerners say, "Thank God its warming up!"

It was -37C with the wind chill here this morning. I really didn't think much of it until I thought I saw a Blue Jay on the back yard fence but it turned out to be a Cardinal holding its breath and he was dipping his worm in antifreeze!

Anyway, its surprising how you can become climatized to that kind of cold & snow and learn to live with it. The township workers really know how to handle it and do a wonderful job of keeping the roads clear. Never ever missed one day of work living in Northern Ontario because of the cold or the snow. And come New Years day, there was always a couple of guys at the field getting in that first flight of the new year regardless of what the weather was! I do miss living up there at times!
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Old 12-21-2004, 06:58 AM   #16
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Now that i noticed what the temp is up there i get your point but at least the weather is warming up eh.

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Old 12-21-2004, 11:22 AM   #17
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Yes its going up now into the -20's.. maybe -15

This is actually quite cold for this time of year here, it usually doesnt hit the low 30's and -40's untill January.

I know there are an awful lot more cold places in Canada (like anywhere north of use which is a lot of the country) but like Gary says when its -40 without the wind chill its cold plain and simple..

I remember living in Toronto for 3 winters and it is damp and "cold" but like Gary also says when it goes to -40 and below it doesnt matter anyhow!
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Here we sit at the first day of winter - 30 cm's of snow forcast - after the 20 last night

did ya ever wonder why at 50 degrees below zero - folks say it is a dry cold???

cause all the friggin moisture in the air is frozen

just go to Tim's :coffee:

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...........too cold.........time to build............
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Old 12-22-2004, 05:05 PM   #20
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Its never to cold to only build there is always time to fly.

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