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Jan 29, 2023 - 8:26:24 AM
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12648 posts since 6/5/2011

.... at -25 C.  This appeared on my  Facebook feed:

May be an image of snow and text that says 'During a cold spell in 1947, in the town of Snag (Yukon) where the temp reached (-63.9c), you could hear people speaking 4 miles away, along with other phenomena such as people's breath turning to powder and falling straight to the ground & river ice booming like gunshots'

... breath falling straight to the ground?   I dunno.   [When I come in from puttering in the shop (a.k.a. correcting a not-square weld I made the other day) I trust I'll find the definitive answer.]

Jan 29, 2023 - 8:53:59 AM



16535 posts since 9/27/2007

I can't find the article but I heard they don't close schools in the north until the windchill hits -60!

They have to play inside in the gymnasium though! 

Power went out at 2am from a windstorm here, Lit the woodstove, power came on at 5am. 

Went out in track pants & T shirt then & the thermometer read minus 5 . Pffft! 

Jan 29, 2023 - 9:04:55 AM
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I've gone out on -20 mornings and tossed a cup of boiling temp water into the air and having it instantly vaporize. I would not doubt that at these temps the moisture in your breath could instantly condense and fall to the ground. Don't know if it can or can't, but I'd sure love to see it.

There's the old story about it being so cold we had to thaw our words in the frying pan so people could hear what we were saying.

Jan 29, 2023 - 11:31 AM

2579 posts since 7/20/2004

A balmy -13c here at noon. We'll match your -25 tomorrow night.

Jan 31, 2023 - 3:52:47 PM



12648 posts since 6/5/2011

Bubba: "I can't find the article but I heard they don't close schools in the north until the windchill hits -60!"   

I also heard something to that effect, and like you, I can't locate anything now..... I'm thinking Nunavik or Nunavut, but ????

However, it reminds me of a couple of experiences from the fly-in reserves.  On one there was some confusion about the temp. at which the school would close. So one evening the council had a special meeting; decided the magic number was -40, and spread the word via community radio.  The next morning .... -38 C. and [drum roll please] radio announcement that school was closed due to the cold.

At that same school the kiddos were outside  for recess regardless of the conditions .... and having a hoodie instead of a parka didn't curry any favour!

A different school went the other way ....  recess inside at even the hint of inclement weather.  I asked the principal about it and he said it was simpler to do that than deal with community members phoning him if/when they saw kids outside even though the skies only "looked" threatening.

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