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How cold is it? Celcius vs Fahrenheit

It seemed to me that we have had a very cold winter here in Nova Scotia this year. The weather has been varying a lot but when it was cold it was COLD. And windy. And snowy .. yes, lots of snow, even with a bit of a break because of our January thaw. There are some who love it, but I .. I? .. not so much. This winter I bought myself a very good pair of snowpants so I can be comfortable when taking my puppy, Meyya, out every day. Even she, although loving to bounce around in the snow, cannot tolerate it when it’s crunchy cold under foot. She refuses to walk in it, trying to hold up first one tiny foot then another because it is way too cold for her. A friend of mine knit Meyya a sweater since she outgrew the little red one, and so she wouldn’t shiver as much, but the little socks I bought Meyya wouldn’t stay on, so she goes .. um .. barefoot? Well, without the socks. :) (I know, I never thought I would try to put socks or boots on a dog but it was worth a try. And cute while it lasted — all of a few seconds.)

Having said all the above, apparently our winter is warmer than usual this year. *sigh* I guess I must just be getting older and don’t appreciate the season as much anymore. And it could be that since we got her on November 30 I was out every day but two because of Meyya, so I notice the winter chill more. I do remember years ago the snowbanks being very much higher than we get now, and more blizzards. It is true our climate is changing.

Talking about cold, I found this information I thought you might be interested in seeing. It shows temperatures in Celsius which is the metric measure Canada uses now, … well, most Canadians, I suppose. I still refer to old standard measure in most things since that’s what I grew up knowing, so I included the Fahrenheit, too, for comparison. Very interesting, I think.

2º to 3º Celsius is the average temperature inside a refrigerator. That’s 35.6º F.

-10º C to -20º C is the average temperature inside a household freezer. That’s 14º F to -4º F.

- 38º C is the freezing temperature of mercury. That’s -36.4º F.

- 63º C is the coldest temperature recorded in Canada. (Feb. 3, 1947 at Snag, Yukon) That’s -81.4º F.

- 79º C is the temperature of dry ice. That’s -110.2º F.

- 89.2º C is the coldest temperature recorded on Earth. (July 21, 1983, at Vostock II, Antarctica) That’s -128.56º F.

- 150º C is the average night temperature on the moon. That’s -238º F.

- 196º C is the temperature of liquid nitrogen. (perfect for freezing liquid metal Terminators)  That’s -320.8º F.

- 218º C is the freezing point of oxygen. That’s -360.4º F.

- 228º C to 238º C is the average surface temperature on Pluto, the planet. That’s -378.4º F to -396.4º F.

- 270º C is the estimated coldest temperature in deep space. That’s -454º F.

- 272º C is the freezing point of helium. That’s -457.6º F.

- 273.16º C is absolute zero. (meaning it is exactly the same in Fahrenheit.) All atomic motion comes to a standstill. In 2003, MIT scientists cooled sodium gas to the lowest temperature yet recorded – only a half-a-billionth of a degree above absolute zero.

Amazing, isn’t it? Yep! There’s no convincing me this all happened by chance.

How cold was your winter? What’s your favourite winter pastime?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

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Did I say Spring? Welcome to Nova Scotia in March

I wasn’t going to write a post today, but something happened that is worth sharing. Something cold, white, and wintry.

Yes, I know that I said Spring was in sight. You can read my post here. The little snow we had was disappearing, then it rained, followed by warming temperatures, then … look at what happened during last night …

Yes, MORE snow! I have a ‘great’ young friend who would absolutely love this. :) It is heavy wet snow, ideal for making snowballs and building snowmen.

For little dogs, on the other hand, it’s not so fun when it comes right up under the belly.

This is Sammy. I didn’t get a photo of him when he first went out, before the snow was cleared a little. He’s so short that he pushed snow. He didn’t leave tracks in the snow, he body-pushed his way through it so that he left one long trail. Funny little guy! :) But he does love to try to run in it.

And then the birds needed some help …

so I refilled their feeders and put out a new ‘birdseed cake’ for them.

Tonight the snow is starting to settle, and it’s turning slippery as it is getting cooler. In a couple of days we will get warmer weather again. Yes, Spring is coming a little at a time.

Winter is so beautiful, but I am a warm-weather person.

How about you, which season do you prefer?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

Is that SPRING I see?!

Here in Nova Scotia we have had what we call an “open winter”, meaning we have not been buried under several feet of snow for most of it. We haven’t had major storm after storm, or ice storms, which we have suffered in past years. This year we have experienced very few snowfalls of any consequence.

Am I complaining? … Do pigs have wings?

   No, I mean for REAL!

Of course not.

BUT … today I saw Spring.  Yes, I did!

Look:

 

 

Did you catch that?

Look again:

ROBINS!

YAY!  This to me is a sure sign of Spring. And not just one robin did I see, but a small flock of them – foraging on the ground and sitting in the trees.

Oh my gosh!  Can it be true?   

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!  In February!

Now, I realize two things about the above.  First: Winter is not officially over yet and we are sure to get more snow, but the robins are out in the open when usually we don’t see them until sometime in March. I have never seen them this early in the year. Second: It is not good writing form to use so many exclamation points, but … gosh dern it! I saw robins today! And that always makes me happy!  :)

How about you? Have you seen any signs of Spring yet?

(Photos not mine)

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! :)

Day 21: NaNoWriMo & PiBoIdMo

Sunday, Day 21 of NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo:  Sunday is always a busy day for me, time away from writing, computer, home.  I got up early this morning and spent some time reading my Bible, then we got ready to go pick up our grandson to go to fellowship with me.  He enjoys the worship music and Sunday School. This morning he was very squirmy – his money for the offering kept falling out of his pocket, his papers and book (to keep him occupied if needed) fell onto the floor when he was enjoying the music, then his crayons followed suit so that he finally decided to pick them all up and sit there and colour.  That was nice for awhile.  :)  He is so darling.

I think I neglected to mention in last night’s post that we got snow in the afternoon so that I was ‘encouraged’ to get out my winter boots.  It was cold today, icy and windy, so boots and winter jacket it was!  Looks as if winter weather has arrived.  (I’m not complaining but .. blah!  and brrr! and — blah!)

This evening (Sunday) I did not get into Valley Sunshine but I did work on my NaNo writing.   I’m continuing my wondering about how I am ever going to sort this story out and get it on paper (I’m writing longhand) in no less than 50,000 words before November 30 comes and goes, taking with it my last chance to complete this challenge for a win.  Completing is winning and I must complete! I did manage to squeak out 1298 words, taking my total count to 26525 and my completion up to 54%.  [just a note here: yesterday the counter finally showed my % and it was over 50% to 51%.  No big deal? Well, you try writing in this pressure cooker and see how much 1% point means!  :) ]

Tonight in my NaNo story there was another interesting little extra that got written in, another little thing that adds to the mystery and probably aiding in the final solving of it.  I think.  Maybe.  Quite possibly.  :)

PiBoIdMo is not something I have to be concerned about anymore since I met the goal, but I am still trying to come up with an idea a day until that challenge ends.  Today’s was not coming until just past midnight, after I had posted my word count for NaNoWriMo, but I did get an idea which I’m counting for Sunday’s.  For some reason I remembered a young bluejay that was snubbed by his siblings .. and I had my story idea.

Have a great week.  What’s on your agenda?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)