According to Discovery.com, the daytime high this past New Year’s Eve in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, was colder than the high on Mars. The Curiosity Rover reported that Mars reached a maximum air temperature of -29°C.  Winnipeg’s high was -31°C. Factoring in the wind chill, Winnipeg felt more like -50° C (-58°F). Apparently, Winnipeg was also colder than the North Pole, the last record being set in 1933.  The coldest New Year’s Eve on record was 1884 at -38.3°C (-36.94°F).

I filled the gas tank in my car yesterday morning on my way back to the city, and with the wind chill, it only felt like -34°C. According to Environment Canada, from -28 to -39, exposed skin can freeze in 10-15 minutes (if the wind is below 50 km/hr), which would explain why my thighs, toes, fingers and face were seriously stinging by the time I was done, and it took 30 minutes for the stabbing sensation in my thumbs to quit…and I was wearing heavy wool mittens! All I can say is – thank goodness I don’t live in Winnipeg!

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Stay warm – bask in the sun if it’s shining for you – and have a great weekend!