Skip to comments.Winnipeg deep freeze as cold as uninhabited planet (Mars)
Posted on 01/01/2014 7:47:51 PM PST by NYer
Parts of Manitoba hit -53 C, colder than Mars
In terms of astonishing weather facts, it doesn't get much more impressive than being as cold as a distant planet for a day.
It's so cold that one airline has decided not to fly in or out of Winnipeg.
ExpressJet, a partner of United Airlines, cancelled some flights Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Passengers are being moved onto flights operated by other airlines and rerouted through other cities. ExpressJet says the unique combination of extreme low temperatures and ice crystals exceed safe operating guidelines for their aircraft.
A spokesperson told CBC News there will be more cancellations as long as the forecast stays the same citing safety as the number one priority.
The aircraft ExpressJet flies are smaller commuter planes that carry 35-70 passengers.
However, other airlines operate the same type of planes and are flying as usual.
Happy for delay
Allison Schmidt, who teaches in Japan, was set to fly to Chicago and then Tokyo but her flight has been delayed for at least a day.
And the Winnipegger who was visiting family for Christmas couldnt be happier about it.
I had booked this flight because it was about $300 or $400 cheaper [to leave before the New Year]. I thought it was worth it for just one night, she said.
But I was really regretting it this morning, saying goodbye. I felt like the nine days just went by far too quickly.
So now I get to spend New Year's with my family [and] January 1st is actually my mom's birthday.
The Winnipeg Airports Authority says other than United, the cold weather hasn't impacted operations at Richardson International.
The Manitoba Museum is reporting Winnipeg's temperatures on Tuesday were actually as cold as the surface of Mars.
According to the Curiosity Rover, Mars reached a maximum temperature of -29 C on Tuesday, a temperature Winnipeg only reached shortly before 3 p.m.
The deep freeze over much of Southern Manitoba prompted extreme wind chill warnings in the area and most of the north.
In Winnipeg, the daytime high temperature for Tuesday was only expected to reach 31 C, but the windchill made it feel more like 40 to 50. That means exposed skin can freeze in less than five minutes.
On Monday, it got as warm as 28 C.
In the northern half of the province, in places like Thompson, Nelson House, Lynn Lake, Leaf Rapids and Churchill, the wind chills on Tuesday made it feel like 48 to 53.
The entire province was under an extreme wind chill warning on Monday, but it was later lifted in the central portion of Manitoba as well as the southwest and southeast corners.
While many of the outdoor New Years Eve activities planned at The Forks will go on as planned tonight, at least one has been cancelled.
The only thing weve had to cancel is the horse-drawn wagon rides, scheduled from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Its just too cold for that, said Clare MacKay of The Forks. Everything else weve been able to proceed with, and we have a lot of stuff that happens inside.
The Forks is hosting crafts for kids, a number of bands and fireworks at 10 p.m. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.
A 16-year-old girl from Nigeria hasnt been dissuaded by Winnipegs other-worldly cold. Lynda Okeke-Okoli arrived in Winnipeg just 48 hours ago to attend high school here.
It wasnt exactly a warm welcome for the teen, with temperatures hovering below -30 C.
I was just like, God help me! I said, God, please help me. I dont know how Im going to handle this! she said.
She said even advice from her dad hadnt prepared her for the weather. Despite that, plans to stick out in Winnipeg.
It's cold but not enough for a record.
The historical mark for this day in history is a rattling 37.8 C, set in 1967.
Environment Canada meteorologist Dale Marciski said the coldest December on record for Winnipeg was set in 1879, with an average temperature of 26 C.
This Decembers average temperature so far is close to 21 C. That is only about the fifth coldest ever.
The three coldest Decembers for Winnipeg are:
A downtown organization is trying to find those Winnipeggers who have no place to go, and get them out of the frigid cold.
The Downtown Biz' has volunteers on foot and in vehicles picking up people who need shelter.
We have come across individuals, for example, who have been passed out in back lanes who have consumed too much and it has been as cold as 40 C," said Brendan Malaky, who is with the Biz's Downtown Watch program.
"In some instances, we haven't been able to wake them up, in which case we call 911 immediately.
Malaky said they won't force someone inside but strongly encourage people to go to a nearby shelter.
First thing we do is assess and make sure that they're alright, make sure their condition is good, make sure they've got appropriate clothing for the weather," he said.
"We're going to get them whatever they're missing and see if we can get them somewhere to stay for the night.
The watch program has 200 volunteers and up to 35 staff members working seven days a week.
Even though it's bitterly cold, it's business as usual for Operation Red Nose tonight.
Over the weekend, the service shut down because of the extreme cold but coordinator Sharra Hinton said volunteers will be out in full force tonight, offering free rides for New Years Eve revelers --- even if the cold means a few delays.
It is going to be cold and a lot of vehicles are going to be sitting for quite awhile before they start again so I'm hoping that everything will go OK, she said.
Hinton says calls from 9 p.m. to midnight are answered pretty quickly but things get slower when the calls start pouring in after the ball drops and the New Year arrives.
People are probably looking at closer to an hour, maybe an hour and a half wait with us, she said.
72 in Tucson today and there are a lot of Canadians down here for the winter hitting little white balls with sticks and loving it.
Any public figure, politician, or academic who claims the Earth’s climate is changing due to anything other than natural causes should have their throat cut. Of course, I mean that in the nicest possible way. Thanks NYer.
I skiied when it was -40 in Crested Butte, Colorado fifty pounds ago.
Can’t imagine...I’ve experienced about -40....that was near unbearable.
When it gets so cold that gasoline won’t flow, they’ll still be screaming warming.
There is a resaon we call it ‘Winterpeg’ up here! It gets as cold here at times, but we get Chinooks coming through the mountains to warm it up. The warmth from the Chinooks peter out long before they hit Manitoba.
The coldest temps that I have ever experienced were -29°F here in the mountains of North-eastern California and -11°F one night camping in a plastic tube tent. I can’t imagine Winnipeg like temps. Brrr!
91 degrees here today.
Uh, where is “here”?
Paging al gore
it’s different, Mars is a dry cold
It’s freezing here in Winnipeg alright. PAINFUL running from car to house between parties on New Year’s Eve!
global warming is the biggest lie ever told to enslave us
No need to query you on whether that is Fahrenheit of Celsius. Quite a concept that it is so cold, it is the same temperature in both scales!
so shouldn't we have seen some actual warming by now? global warming is a hoax
colder in Canada than a planet that is farther from the Sun than the Earth is(-64 Fahrenheit
also was -135 in Antarctica this year.
and here in southern Louisiana the coldest year by far I can remember
Davao City, Mindanao.
But, I forgot to mention, I have also been to Winnipeg. It is dang cold.
I’ve been up there, too. But where are you where it was 91 today?
BTW, I flew into Bien Hoa during the time you were stationed there. I think we had hotter than 90 as I remember.
Davao City, Mindanao.
Oops, I missed this post. Sorry.
See post 22. It was hot in Vietnam every day as well. It is usually 90 or better 365 days a year, with high humidity. It is just something we deal with day by day.
Regards, and welcome home too.
Regards to you and welcome home!
You are not really homeless, unless you are homeless in Winnipeg.
Get ready...next week there’s an arctic air mass coming down that will hit us Monday. It will be colder in Manitoba, Ontario, Minnesota, North Dakota than the arctic circle. I’m pumped...
So we will do exactly what the libs do with a weather event?
Libs - ‘a warm day somewhere on the planet proves global warming!’
Us - ‘a cold day somewhere on the planet disproves global warming!’
The article headline is VERY misleading. Temps on Mars get down to -200 degrees F. That temp in Winnipeg would be a heat wave on Mars.
This does not speak well for Man Made Global Warming. What are they going to do now when the grant money dries up?
Same tax money will now go to fight global cooling.
In fact more will be needed, just got that straight from the donkey’s mouth.
Party on Wayne...
28-below here in northern Wisconsin this morning.
Jeez, I thought that due to global warming, orange trees would be growing there. I hope the orange trees are ok.
My cousin in Rib Lake said its been brutal this week in Wisconsin
I am sitting here north of Winnipeg, my gear shift is frozen and now you tell me it’s going to get colder?
Egads. I’m going to need a mortgage for my heating bill these last 4 weeks.
Some of us here in the States would love advice on handling the cold. I don’t see how you bear it, or even how you survive. It’s 30F here in DC and I’m miserable, wearing all sorts of wooly socks and many layers of cashmere, fleece, wool, and dead animals, and still uncomfortable and unhappy. How do you live?
Guess it’s a good thing the NHL didn’t decide to have the Winter Classic in Winnipeg.
I lived in Grand Forks for many years.
Please do not ever say “Winterpeg” and “peters out” in the same sentence again.
“I lived in Grand Forks for many years.”
I assume you used to visit folks north of the 49th - people like Peter Friesen and Dick Froese, those being common names in Manitoba...
-14F here right now. That’d be -25.5C. Supposed to get up to -4F for a high today.
Welcome to January in Minnesota.
Night low temps where I live in Mich.,,,not counting wind chill.
Dec. 6 -2
Dec. 7 -6
Dec. 8 -7
Dec. 9 -8
Dec. 10 -9
Dec. 11 -8
Dec. 12 -8
Dec. 15 -4
Dec. 16 -15
Dec. 24 -9
Dec. 26 -9
Dec. 27 -12
Dec. 29 -9
Dec. 30 -15
Dec. 31 -11
Jan. 1 -16
Currently, 5C (41F), bottoming out at -27C (-17F) on Sunday night. A New Years gift from Santa? Or is Algore visiting the Wst, preaching more glow-bull warming?
I’m just in central MN, but we’ve had one of the coldest Decembers that I can remember. Somehow, it wasn’t a record cold streak.
“Some of us here in the States would love advice on handling the cold. I dont see how you bear it, or even how you survive. Its 30F here in DC and Im miserable, wearing all sorts of wooly socks and many layers of cashmere, fleece, wool, and dead animals, and still uncomfortable and unhappy. How do you live?”
In the ‘70s, I worked outside twelve months a year in northern Alberta, B.C. and the NWT. There were often stretches of weather(over a week at a time) when morning lows were lower than -35F and highs did not get above -10F.
Headgear, boots and mitts are important, but a quilted skidoo suit(early models were green with red lining) kept your core temperature up. When working vigorously at -30, one kept the zipper open to the waist.
Style-wise, it was sort of a “onesie”.
I never saw one in plaid, however!
The snow birds love it, all of those MB, SK and AB farmers know when to bail out.
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