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Old 2021-02-12, 13:28   #67
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Canadian Temperature Scale:

+70 degrees
Texans turn on the heat and unpack the thermal underwear.
People in Canada go swimming in the Lakes.

+60 degrees
North Carolinians try to turn on the heat.
People in Canada plant gardens.

+50 degrees
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Canada sunbathe.

+40 degrees
Italian & English cars won't start.
People in Canada drive with the windows down.

+32 degrees
Distilled water freezes.
Lake Superior's water gets thicker.

+20 degrees
Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, and woolly hats.
People in Canada throw on a flannel shirt.

+15 degrees
Philadelphia landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Canada have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0 degrees
People in Miami all die.
Canadians lick the flagpole.

20 below
Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in Canada get out their winter coats.

40 below
Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in Canada are selling cookies door to door.

60 below
Polar bears begin to evacuate the Arctic.
Canadian Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes until it gets cold enough.

80 below
Mt. St. Helens freezes.
People in Canada rent some videos.

100 below
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Canadians get frustrated because they can't thaw the keg.

297 below
Microbial life no longer survives on dairy products.
Cows in Canada complain about farmers with cold hands.

460 below
ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero in the Kelvin scale).
People in Canada start saying, "Eh, Cold 'nuff for ya?"

500 below
Hell freezes over.
The Leafs win the Stanley Cup
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Old 2021-02-12, 14:31   #68
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When I lived in Memphis, Tennessee I noticed that the violets were blooming around this time of year. It snows so seldom there that the city has no snow-removal equipment. If the weather forecast predicted snow, they would close all the schools. Instead of snow in the winter, there would usually be driving rain and a temperature around 38 F (3.3 C). That may seem like a joke to people who are accustomed to extreme cold, but if you're outside without a raincoat and get soaked in those conditions, you're in big trouble.

I also remember a couple of significant ice storms when I was there. They were about the only times I remember the drivers not all speeding. I did hear about one driver who had his tires spinning at about 50 mph but was only moving at a very slow speed due to lack of traction, until he got near an intersection, where the city had put down some grit. The car rocketed forward and crashed.

Even in the current cold spell, I'm hearing more and more kinds of bird calls and seeing more bird activity. They know spring is coming!

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Old 2021-02-12, 15:56   #69
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Old 2021-02-12, 18:39   #70
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500 below
Hell freezes over.
According to both the good tourist guides, part of Hell has long since frozen over.
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Old 2021-02-12, 19:25   #71
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We just had -20.7 C / -5.3 F during the night, the coldest in Denmark since Feb 5th 2012.

The coldest ever in Denmark (since measurements began in 1873) was -31.2 C / -24.2 F on Jan 8th 1982.
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Old 2021-02-12, 19:41   #72
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Once the coldest place on Earth
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Old 2021-02-12, 20:48   #73
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500 below
Hell freezes over.
The Leafs win the Stanley Cup
About as cold as a Mother-in-law stare?
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Old 2021-02-12, 21:55   #74
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Canadian Temperature Scale:
That clearly took some effort, Mike. Thanks for that; very funny.

But it took some mental gymnastics to transform F to C (and then to K; even when it went out-of-bounds).

Just to prove I'm actually originally from Western Canada: "The metric system might be the only thing the French did correctly.
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Old 2021-02-13, 12:27   #75
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It's now sunny and people are ice skating on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam!
https://twitter.com/HugoStienstra/st...22673281929223
(The tower in the background of the video clip is the Westertoren whose bells Anne Frank could hear in her Hiding Place.)
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Old 2021-02-13, 15:19   #76
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Three winter weather events are forecast for my area beginning tomorrow. Significant snowfall is expected with the 2nd on Tuesday. The NWS office in Louisville, KY, is not willing to quote a number for how much snow is expected. They feel they would be guessing. They want more information. Locations in Ohio are guessing. 18 to 24 inches, (46 to 61 cm). I went out yesterday and brought in enough groceries to last 10 days. I prefer to be prepared.
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It's now sunny and people are ice skating on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam!
https://twitter.com/HugoStienstra/st...22673281929223
(The tower in the background of the video clip is the Westertoren whose bells Anne Frank could hear in her Hiding Place.)
That's good! It seems they had to wait. And the freeze won't last. This February 11 article in Dutch News says
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In Amsterdam, there was disappointment for people hoping to skate on the Prinsengracht canal, after a boat broke through the ice. The skipper was not aware that a ban on sailing has been in force in an effort to let the ice grow, council official Egbert de Vries told local broadcaster AT5.

The skipper has been fined, not for breaking the ice but for sailing the wrong way up the canal.

Weather forecasts indicate this weekend may be the last of the big freeze. On Monday, the temperature is no longer predicted to be below zero during the day, and on Tuesday the daytime temperature could hit 11 Celsius, according to the KNMI weather bureau, even though it will still be frosty at night.
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