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Winnipeg deep freeze as cold as uninhabited planet (Mars)
cbc news ^ | January 1, 2014

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.

Grounded planes

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 couldn’t 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.

Some outdoor New Year's Eve activities cancelled

While many of the outdoor New Year’s Eve activities planned at The Forks will go on as planned tonight, at least one has been cancelled.

“The only thing we’ve had to cancel is the horse-drawn wagon rides, scheduled from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. It’s just too cold for that,” said Clare MacKay of The Forks. “Everything else we’ve 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.

Newcomer not dissuaded by cold

A 16-year-old girl from Nigeria hasn’t been dissuaded by Winnipeg’s other-worldly cold. Lynda Okeke-Okoli arrived in Winnipeg just 48 hours ago to attend high school here.

It wasn’t 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 don’t know how I’m going to handle this!’” she said.

She said even advice from her dad hadn’t prepared her for the weather. Despite that, plans to stick out in Winnipeg.

Cold, but not the coldest

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 December’s average temperature so far is close to –21 C. That is only about the fifth coldest ever.

The three coldest Decembers for Winnipeg are:

Finding the homeless

​​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.

Operation Red Nose

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 Year’s 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.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; globalcooling; manitoba; meterology; snowstorm; winter

1 posted on 01/01/2014 7:47:51 PM PST by NYer
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To: SunkenCiv
Meanwhile, across the pond, The Telegraph is reporting ...

World's climate warming faster than feared, scientists say

2 posted on 01/01/2014 7:48:55 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

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.


3 posted on 01/01/2014 7:50:36 PM PST by Random Access
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To: NYer; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

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.


4 posted on 01/01/2014 7:53:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: NYer

I skiied when it was -40 in Crested Butte, Colorado fifty pounds ago.


5 posted on 01/01/2014 7:53:57 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: NYer
Still winter here in Michigan.


6 posted on 01/01/2014 7:55:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: NYer

7 posted on 01/01/2014 7:55:57 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: NYer
Yeah, −63.4°F is pretty cold all right.
8 posted on 01/01/2014 7:56:14 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Can’t imagine...I’ve experienced about -40....that was near unbearable.


9 posted on 01/01/2014 8:01:38 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: NYer

When it gets so cold that gasoline won’t flow, they’ll still be screaming warming.


10 posted on 01/01/2014 8:04:22 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: NYer

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.


11 posted on 01/01/2014 8:05:11 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: Olog-hai

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!


12 posted on 01/01/2014 8:10:41 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Random Access

91 degrees here today.


13 posted on 01/01/2014 8:26:01 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Mark17

Uh, where is “here”?


14 posted on 01/01/2014 8:46:41 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: NYer

15 posted on 01/01/2014 8:47:02 PM PST by Zakeet (If socialists understood economics, they wouldn't be socialists - Friedrich Hayek)
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To: NYer

Paging al gore

16 posted on 01/01/2014 8:51:05 PM PST by GraceG
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To: NYer

it’s different, Mars is a dry cold


17 posted on 01/01/2014 9:08:35 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Farnsworth

It’s freezing here in Winnipeg alright. PAINFUL running from car to house between parties on New Year’s Eve!


18 posted on 01/01/2014 9:21:25 PM PST by libertarian66
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To: NYer

global warming is the biggest lie ever told to enslave us


19 posted on 01/01/2014 9:29:04 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I skiied when it was -40 in Crested Butte, Colorado fifty pounds ago....

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!

20 posted on 01/01/2014 9:30:04 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: NYer; All
the news media has been screeching global warming for decades

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

21 posted on 01/01/2014 9:35:39 PM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: laplata

Davao City, Mindanao.


22 posted on 01/01/2014 9:59:53 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: laplata

But, I forgot to mention, I have also been to Winnipeg. It is dang cold.


23 posted on 01/01/2014 10:01:56 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Mark17

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.


24 posted on 01/01/2014 10:08:46 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Mark17

Davao City, Mindanao.


Oops, I missed this post. Sorry.


25 posted on 01/01/2014 10:10:37 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: laplata
I’ve been up there, too. But where are you where it was 91 today?

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.

26 posted on 01/01/2014 10:13:04 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: laplata

Regards, and welcome home too.


27 posted on 01/01/2014 10:14:11 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Mark17

Regards to you and welcome home!


28 posted on 01/01/2014 10:28:15 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: NYer

You are not really homeless, unless you are homeless in Winnipeg.


29 posted on 01/01/2014 11:17:05 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

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...


30 posted on 01/01/2014 11:31:19 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: NYer

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!’


31 posted on 01/01/2014 11:46:31 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: NYer

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.


32 posted on 01/01/2014 11:51:45 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: NYer; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

33 posted on 01/01/2014 11:52:17 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: NYer

This does not speak well for Man Made Global Warming. What are they going to do now when the grant money dries up?


34 posted on 01/02/2014 12:17:39 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: All

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.


35 posted on 01/02/2014 1:01:34 AM PST by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: libertarian66

Party on Wayne...


36 posted on 01/02/2014 4:12:57 AM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: NYer

28-below here in northern Wisconsin this morning.


37 posted on 01/02/2014 4:37:23 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: NYer

Jeez, I thought that due to global warming, orange trees would be growing there. I hope the orange trees are ok.


38 posted on 01/02/2014 4:44:36 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014 the year of dead RINOs)
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To: From The Deer Stand

My cousin in Rib Lake said its been brutal this week in Wisconsin


39 posted on 01/02/2014 4:45:50 AM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: miliantnutcase

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.


40 posted on 01/02/2014 4:51:59 AM PST by blastbaby
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To: miliantnutcase

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?


41 posted on 01/02/2014 6:15:06 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: NYer

Guess it’s a good thing the NHL didn’t decide to have the Winter Classic in Winnipeg.


42 posted on 01/02/2014 6:18:54 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

I lived in Grand Forks for many years.

Please do not ever say “Winterpeg” and “peters out” in the same sentence again.

lol


43 posted on 01/02/2014 6:23:10 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey

“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...


44 posted on 01/02/2014 6:26:22 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: NYer

-14F here right now. That’d be -25.5C. Supposed to get up to -4F for a high today.

Welcome to January in Minnesota.


45 posted on 01/02/2014 7:25:51 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Harold Shea

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


46 posted on 01/02/2014 7:38:46 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: miliantnutcase

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?


47 posted on 01/02/2014 8:02:09 AM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: ottbmare

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.


48 posted on 01/02/2014 8:04:57 AM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: ottbmare

“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?”

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!


49 posted on 01/02/2014 9:20:01 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Random Access
72 in Tucson today and there are a lot of Canadians down here.

The snow birds love it, all of those MB, SK and AB farmers know when to bail out.

50 posted on 01/02/2014 9:21:40 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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