Tuesday, November 23, 2010

life, the universe, and everything

It's been nippy around here lately.

The -30C (-39C windchill) conditions this morning turned the windows into massive sheets of ice. The Slightly Retarded Kitty jumped right in to assist my glass clearing efforts by attempting to lick those windows clean, bless her soul. And no, I did not have to extricate any frozen kitty tongues from the ice.

It made me realize that both the coldest and the hottest outdoor temperature (without considering windchill or humidex) that I have encountered have been the same.


The former, of course, had a minus sign in front of it.

I like the completeness of that quirk. Douglas Adams was correct, it would seem.

I think the OFKAR might still have the button that her Opa made for her when we visited my parents at Christmas when she was a toddler. I Survived -42C it proudly proclaimed.

What the hottest/coldest outdoor temperature you have encountered?


L said...

Last year I was in Iowa in the winter, and it was below zero (F) for nearly a week straight. I've yet to thaw.

Wandering Coyote said...

I think mine would be very similar to yours, having spent 7 years in Ottwaaaaaaaa. Jeez, I deserve a medal for that 7 years, man...

Wandering Coyote said...

Oops, that should be Ottawaaaaaaa.

Allison said...

Good to know Mr. Adams was correct.

The coldest I have ever encountered (in Saskatchewan) was -45C and the hottest (in Palm Desert) was 49C (120F).

John Mutford said...

With the windchill -74 (C) and without -60. (Rankin Inlet)

Not sure what my hottest has been. 38 I think.

Toccata said...

Woke up to bitter cold, -7 hey I'm in Victoria ok, it's all relative. Sat down for a nice quiet cup of coffee, my last quiet moment of the day. I then popped into the shower and it was clear by the time I had my head full of shampoo that something was wrong. Turns out the pipes froze! Oh goody.

I called the landlord and ended up with workmen and their noisy machines here all day. They seemed to experience a lot of difficulties. They also didn't seem to agree on which pipe was frozen. I'm not even sure they all agreed it was a frozen pipe.
Once their fancy machine arrived on board it sounded like jets were taking off every two minutes using my apartment as a runway.

I almost forgot the icing on the cake. Needless to say Butterscotch was upset and her perfect record is no more. Oh yes, she had to go and pee all over the bathroom floor. It was actually kind of funny because she whipped in while the men were on one of their treks to the basement. Take that Mr. Workman!

Anonymous said...

I think it was minus ohmyfuckinggoditiscoldandmytongueisstucktothefence degrees

Charlie said...

Hello there, remember me? Skinny guy with freckles, listening to all you Canadians talk about the weather?

I grew up on the south shore of Lake Ontario and it got damn cold. I haven't the faintest how cold, but I'm pretty sure I didn't stick my tongue on glass, fences, or anywhere else it didn't belong.

The hottest? Here, in the desert, 120F (49C).

Go ahead and give WC her medal and maybe she'll clam up about a city she can't spell.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I thought you mountain folks were a lot hardier than that, Lesley. Okay, for a week straight, that's dismal.

Consider yourself beknighted, WC,especially with all the snow you endure out there. And continue to endure.

That's an impressive range, Al, particularly since you likely have not spent much time in Saskatchewan. You just have impeccable timing, I guess.

I can live with ever having experienced a -74C windchill, John, but I like hearing about it from others.

But did you ever get the shampoo out of your hair, Toccata?
You islanders really have to learn how to wrap your pipes!
Poor Butterscotch, all discombobulated!

Was that in Winnipeg, Kelly?

Again with the 49C in the desert! There is no need to things to get that warm, Charlie!
You'd have a nice damp cold on the shores of Lake Ontario too. Brrr.

phlegmfatale said...

Holy SHIT! I didn't know it got that cold up there. Glad you have plenty of indoor pursuits to keep your fabulous self busy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Fortunately the chinook winds move through this area periodically, Phlegmmy, bringing warmth and sinus headaches.