Making The Best of a Long Winnipeg Winter

Living in Winnipeg has its highs and lows. Really good warm sunny summers, and when the planet is tilted away from the sun, extremely cold winters. Winnipeg is one of the coldest cities with a population over half a million people in the world, if not the coldest. There may be a couple colder cities in Siberia.

This winter has been way above normal cold. Long john underwear everyday. A person can’t really get used to it. Every time you walk outside the day greets you with a burst of frigid wind that could stop a healthy mule in its tracks. I have to give credit to the thousands of migrants who come to Winnipeg from tropical countries.

Imagine never experiencing anything colder than +20 Celsius or 67 Fahrenheit, then have to deal with frigid temps these migrants could never have imagined, temps that can freeze a persons nose in two minutes.

Today there was a slight break in the weather. It got up to -10 Celsius, that is 12 degrees Fahrenheit, and the sun was out. So off to the river skating trail we went. This kind of day can make a Winnipeg winter fun.

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These warming stations let off amazing reflections of the sun.

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There is different art work all along the skating trail.

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A person gets a different perspective of the cityscape from the river.

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Moscow’s 2017 December was its ‘darkest’ on record

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Image captionMoscow’s dark and snowy winter continues

December set the record for the least amount of sunshine seen in Moscow, Russian weather experts say.

“The sun didn’t come out even once for the entire month,” said the weather website Meteonovosti.

According to Russia’s main weather centre, the sun did shine for six minutes. But normally Muscovites get dozens of hours of December sunshine.

Russian winters are famously freezing, but this week the cold in Yakutia, in the far east, dipped below -60C (-76F).

It is about -7C in Moscow.

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Image captionAnastasia Gruzdeva in frozen Yakutia: Her photo was widely shared on social media

Yakutia – a remote region also known as the Sakha Republic – is historically the coldest part of Russia.

“Even for the Sakha Republic, famous for its harsh cold, this temperature is abnormal,” Meteonovosti said.

On Tuesday, the temperature remained below -50C across the vast region, whose capital Yakutsk lies 4,900km (3,045 miles) east of Moscow.

Russian children are usually kept indoors and schools are shut when the cold plunges below -50C.

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Image caption Siberia is known for bitterly cold winters and scorching summers

Roman Vilfand, head of the Russian Meteorological Centre, attributed Moscow’s exceptionally overcast weather in December to big cyclonic air masses, which had moved in from the Atlantic.

Moscow’s previous record for December darkness was in 2000, when the capital got just three hours with the sun breaking through the cloud.

Russia’s hot tips for cold weather:

  • Don’t drink spirits – drunkenness causes great heat loss
  • Wear loose clothing to keep blood circulation normal
  • If you feel frost-bitten on a walk, find any warm place – a shop, cafe, doorway – and warm up
  • Don’t remove your boots if your feet are frozen – they’ll swell up and you won’t be able to get your boots on again. Get to a warm place as quickly as possible. You could shove your frozen hands in your armpits to warm them up
  • If your car breaks down far away from habitation, you should stay in your car and phone for help or wait for another vehicle to come along the road
  • Avoid the wind, as it increases the risk of freezing
  • When children are outdoors they should return to the warmth every 15-20 minutes.

Source: Russian Emergencies Ministry

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Amazing Sun Dogs

There was the phenomena known as Sun Dogs shinning over the Winnipeg horizon this morning. They are brilliant to watch, however, they are caused by ice crystals in the air, which means it is usually bloody cold when they appear.

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The sun dog is a member of the family of halos, caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere. Sun dogs typically appear as a pair of subtly colored patches of light, around 22° to the left and right of the Sun, and at the same altitude above the horizon as the Sun. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but are not always obvious or bright. Sun dogs are best seen and most conspicuous when the Sun is near the horizon.

Here are some tough workers up on a roof in -25 Celsius bone freezing weather. Some guys really earn their paychecks.

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