This morning we woke up to the coldest day of the year (I hope), it was a frigid -38°C (-36°F). Our house’s inside temperature was 16°C (61°F), which is a bit cooler than we like. I resuscitated the coals left overnight in the wood stove and added some birch firewood to warm things up.
Needless to say we are keeping our outside activities to the bare minimum. We periodically have to take Kona out so she can do what she needs to do, and I have to resupply the bird feeders with suet, sunflower seeds, and peanut butter. Other than that we are restricting ourselves to inside activities.
Forty years ago the winters in the Robson Valley used to give us periods of -40° (that’s the same in both Centigrade and Fahrenheit) luckily that hasn’t happened for a long while and hopefully won’t. The cold temperatures we get are a “Dry Cold” and fortunately when we do get them, normally it is deathly still outside, with no wind, so while very unpleasant, it would be a lot worse with dampness and wind.
I am looking forward to having this cold snap to move on. This has been quite a year for temperatures in the Robson Valley with summer’s “Heat Dome” (40.4°C, 104°F) and now the “Polar Vortex”. A bit of temperature moderation would be greatly appreciated.