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! 🙂
I love all this information, Lynn! My husband and I had a conversation the other day about absolute zero. I think this cold weather has influenced our thinking! Our dog Wof won’t wear booties either. In below zero (F) weather, he’s a 3-paw walker! (Alternating the raised paw.) Hug Meyya for me!
Thank you, Sue. Meyya loves hugs. 🙂
Brrrr!! Interesting information. My winter was pretty much as cold as yours. 🙂 Obviously my favourite winter pastime is curling. First curling at a curling rink, then curling up under a blanket in front of the fireplace with a good book. This year watching winter olympics was time consuming too.
As you know, no curling in a cold rink for me! But, I do love to curl up in front of a toasty warm fire in the fireplace and read a good book. I hope you enjoyed the Olympics.
Thanks for your comment, Faith.
So -273.16*C is 0 degrees Kelvin? Whoa! 😀 Cool! (and, do you have any pictures of Meyya? 🙂 )
I hope to post a few photos of Meyya soon. 🙂
My favourite winter pastime is sitting in front of a fireplace with a good book. Like you, I’m not fond of going out in the winter but I have to to catch the bus to go to work. Spring should be here soon.
Yes, it should be soon. Some small trees have buds on them even with snow floating down some days and our very chilly weather hanging on. 🙂