Arctic freeze

Post by Eric Mang in

Photo source: Fear the Beard

On my walk to the subway station this morning, my beard froze. If someone snapped a sepia pic of me when I arrived at the tube after a ten-minute bolt through -25C, you’d think I was on an Arctic expedition with Nansen.

It’s cold in TO. But at least I’m not suffering through Winnipeg’s -35C to -40C (record breaking temperatures in six Manitoba towns). Montreal is sitting at about -28C and Ottawa, when factoring in the wind chill, is a brain-chilling, fingertip-blackening -30C. Hey Vancouver, hope you’re enjoying your high of 6C today.

Mark Twain said that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. That statement was true following the Lower Mainland’s “Snowmageddon”. But for those experiencing this deep freeze, municipalities must strive to protect the homeless from the cold. Every winter, a few people perish on Canada’s streets because of plummeting temperatures. Let’s make sure that when extreme weather conditions descend on us, we provide shelter and warmth for those that need it.


This must be that global warming we've heard so much about.

Sigh. Anthropogenic climate change is not an issue of debate amongst credible scientists. The debate is about how much and how fast climate change happening (but you can be sure it's happening).

Also, weather should not be confused with climate. You have to look at trends and not single events. For example, overall, 2008 ranks as the 10th warmest year on record.

Finally, you need to look past your own backyard. A few days of cold weather in Winnipeg doesn't define a trend in global climate. Again, what we're interested in is the global long-term average, not a pile of snow in Vancouver.

My next column: the dangers of scientific illiteracy.

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