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Friday, January 3, 2014

Cold and Colder

Posted by on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 6:00 AM

There's serious cold and snow over on the east coast, but at least it's not as bad as Manitoba.

The Manitoba museum is reporting Winnipeg's temperatures on Tuesday were actually as cold as the surface of Mars.

That is, -20.2 Fahrenheit.


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Kinison 1
Thats nothing, its going to be -37 in the wind for the 49ers vs Packers game this Sunday. Packers always sell out, theres over 100,000 people on the waiting list, even the pre-season and practice games sell out, but so far theres less than 5,000 tickets left and they just got an waiver to keep selling, or they risk actually blacking out the game.

Thats how freaking cold it is, when The Packers cant sell out a playoff game, its cold!
Posted by Kinison on January 3, 2014 at 6:40 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
And just wait — in only a month, there will be an outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on January 3, 2014 at 6:58 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 3
My wife is from Manitoba. One time when we were visiting it got so cold the natural gas lines froze. As I recall the wind chill reached -55C (-67F).

That was the last time we visited at Christmas.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on January 3, 2014 at 7:01 AM · Report this
--MC 4
Manitoba ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as hell. And there's no one there to raise them if you did.
Posted by --MC on January 3, 2014 at 7:11 AM · Report this
Global warming?
Posted by Little Chicken on January 3, 2014 at 7:54 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 6
I've been to Winnipeg in the winter. Several times. -20°(f) isn't unusually cold for a Manitoba winter. Kind of typical, really.

That's why I don't live anywhere in the midwest.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on January 3, 2014 at 7:59 AM · Report this
@5 Actually, yes.
Posted by Also, Your A/C Works By First Pressurizing (Heating) Gases on January 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM · Report this
stonato 8
@4- Elegant
Posted by stonato on January 3, 2014 at 8:18 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 9
Imagine the native peoples living in that for thousands of years.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 11
@ 6, judging the entire midwest by Winnipeg is like judging Seattle by Lake City.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM · Report this
delirian 12
Wow, comparing the temperature to an entire planet (whose average temp is about -70F). That is stupid. Btw, the temperature in Seattle in the summer was just as warm as the temperature on the surface of Africa. Oh, and Death Valley once got as cold as Asia.
Posted by delirian on January 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 13
@ 12, they're specifically comparing it to the temperature reading the Mars Rover is taking at its location. Not for Mars as a whole, but the crater its exploring, which apparently is in a tropical latitude on that planet. It would be stupid if it were the whole planet, but as it is, it's actually kind of interesting.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
rob! 14
@11, the entire plains and midwest are dominated in winter by cold continental air pushing down from Canada, enlivened by injections of moisture and heat energy from the coast. Have a look at the upcoming few days on this forecast maps page (red is areas of low pressure and storm activity):

(Scroll down. Top is current; successive frames are 12-hour increments in the computer model.)
Posted by rob! on January 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM · Report this
rob! 15
(To clarify, red is areas of low pressure and CONCENTRATED storm activity.)
Posted by rob! on January 3, 2014 at 9:44 AM · Report this
If the surface of Mars was -20.2 F, and no one was there to feel it, would it be cold?

Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 17
@ 14, Winnipeg is still appreciably colder than anywhere else, and that's normal - it is the coldest urban center in North America, colder than Anchorage on average. Hell, even today, in this terrible cold snap, they're colder than anywhere else in the Midwest.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 18
I was once on Mars when it was -40F with a wind chill of -55F. So there.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM · Report this
care bear 19
My favorite temperature is -40, when Celsius and Fahrenheit are the same.
Posted by care bear on January 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 20
@19 - And mercury freezes.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM · Report this
treacle 21
-20 is fairly cold ok, but I've seen -40 in Michigan. It was fun! The University closed (for one day) for the first time in 100 years! Snow day!

The nosebleeds from the dry, dry cold like that can kinda suck, but they stop quickly.

It sometimes gets to -80 in Anchorage.
But -20? I *yearn* for the day it gets to -20 in Seattle! That will be an awesome day.
Posted by treacle on January 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
cressona 22
Well-played, --MC @4. Well-played.

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Posted by cressona on January 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM · Report this

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