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03 January 2014 @ 07:33 pm
Oh dear, Canada!  
I arrived home to Mr Brammers asking me: "Have you heard about Canada?"

"Aren't they having an awful cold snap?"

His eyes widened with that boyish glee of having A Fact to impart. "It was warmer on Mars today than in Canada!" he announced.

Darling Canadians, I hope that you are all keeping well. Preferably in Florida!

Or in Australia … We have just finished our hottest year on record and in Central and Northern Australia we've so far spent 2014 breaking the records that were set in 2013. Happily, it's not so bad in Sydney. You can see why I'm such a ranting loudmouth against anti-climate change ideologues, though.
bk7brokemybrainbk7brokemybrain on January 3rd, 2014 08:39 am (UTC)
Ha! I had the same exact dialog with a friend. He was stationed in El Paso, Texas for a year and teased me about the mild winter there. "It's fifty degrees here! I don't even need my coat. It's colder in New York than it is on Mars today!" The "Sucker!" was heavily implied.
I got mine back a few months later when summer rolled around and he couldn't go outside for fear of immediate dessication from the heat and aridity, nor bursting into flames from the desert sun hitting his white skin. *evil grin*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 3rd, 2014 08:55 am (UTC)
We have HORRIBLY hot days in Sydney, so I feel some sympathy for him. Last year's highest was just under 46C, which is, er, hang on, 114F. It was vile. Nothing to do but hide inside or slather yourself in zinc oxide if you must leave the house! I have a special look for those days which involves tying icepacks to my head with a bandanna. It's a winner!

Once, funnily enough when I was being cold in America, there was a 44C day with just 4% humidity. Mr B put the half the laundry on the line, came in to have a wee, went back out, and found that what was on the line was bone dry – including his jeans – and most of what remained in the basket was also dry. Admittedly there were strong winds being fanned by a massive series of bushfires ringing the city … but that's not an improvement!
Sin: dw - hello scary-looking peoplesinden on January 3rd, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
Have you seen the weather in Brisbane today? Mel's not impressed if the text I got is any indiciation. I managed to miss the mega hot Sydney days last year by being interstate. Of course, I did spend 5 hours on a flight from Bris to Syd and then ended up back in Brisbane on that 46C day. because of the change coming through.

I'm a bit worried about what February is going to be like.
ecosopherecosopher on January 3rd, 2014 10:24 am (UTC)
One of my Canadian friends mentioned the other day how cold it was getting, but I didn't actually realise HOW bad. Poor things.

Meanwhile, I'm in blissful delight in my little seaside town on the southern coast with simply wonderful summer weather. Although we will get 30C on Tuesday, apparently. Yikes.

No, I am not constantly checking Perth weather to see what we left behind and gloat accordingly. How dare you suggest such a thing?!
Harrold the Flying Sheep: carboniteharroldsheep on January 3rd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
it's really bloody cold here: so cold that if i were to chance it and go outside, there would be a real risk of one, or both, of my nipples falling off.

yup: THAT cold. (-20°C, -31°C with the windchill)
l.m.incandescent on January 3rd, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh. Yeah, Canada has areas that are -60°F. It's rather alarming.

We only have a wind chill of 0°F here. Haha.
maevemistmaevemist on January 3rd, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
I just went to look at the weather in Canada, out of curiosity, and the random place I selected will be experiencing a temperature range of -37 all the way to a balmy -22! This is like the exact opposite of our weather today which is min 22 - max 37.

The coldest temperature I have ever had the misfortune of experiencing was -14 and I lasted long enough to get off the bus, pee and ran very fast back to the bus.

I miss autumn and spring and I am very sad that I will be mourning them for the rest of my days.
lee: Fleursnegurochka_lee on January 4th, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
"It was warmer on Mars today than in Canada!"

*laughs and then cries and cries* There is no lie here, alas, says the Canadian. D: D: D:

-31 last I checked, for about, oh, the 6th day running. Plus about 17 days of December that were similar. :( However, I am very proud of myself because I start a new pseudo-job on Monday and had to test-drive my new bus route yesterday and it was very DNW for a while and I hemmed and hawed aaaaand.... then I went and took a bus. I know. The payoff of that story is rather low. But! At -31 when I could have stayed home in bed, it was a huge personal victory. Also, the bus was warmer than my house, so.

La. *shakes fist* DAMN YOU, CANADA.
somehow socially inept...differente on January 4th, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
I tell myself, at least it's not raining. And at least the sidewalks are still walkable. But congratulations on going out! I did too. The library was much warmer than home... :P
neil young: sunny ☀ wah hah hahsaintgilbert on January 4th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
Climate change? What climate change? Didn't you hear not one, but two ships were caught in ice around Antarctica? If there is so much ice, how can climate change possibly be happening? My gosh. How silly. Scientists, man.


Meanwhile, down below, it is a very pleasant 19 degrees and overcast.
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on January 5th, 2014 06:34 am (UTC)
I LOVE that sign:)
neil youngsaintgilbert on January 5th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
Who says books are on the out. Clearly that library gets enough business to warrant staying open during Mars-degree cold!
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on January 6th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
I have a young relative who is a librarian, and went to work at minus 33 yesterday...which was minus 51 with the windchill:)
neil youngsaintgilbert on January 6th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
Although. It may be the other way around; the library doesn't have enough business and has to stay open despite the cold. Hm. Is this in celcius or farenheit?
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on January 28th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
Kareinakareina on January 4th, 2014 05:32 am (UTC)
Can we redistribute some of Canada's cold to northern Sweden? It keeps warming up to just above freezing here, which is melting the snow, which the plants need for insulation, and which we humans like because it keeps things from being dark whilst the sun isn't up.