It’s -17C, but with the wind chill it feels more like -27C. Yes, it’s cold out, but these weather facts prove that it could be a lot worse:
- The lowest temperature recorded in Canada was -63C at Snag, Yukon Territory, on February 3, 1947.
- On December 15th, 1964, the Great Blizzard struck parts of the Prairie Provinces with heavy snow, sustained winds of 50 to 90 km/h, and – 34C temperatures.
- On December 29th, 1794, Peter Fidler recorded that Holland gin froze solid at -27C, English brandy at -32C and rum at -35C.
- On November 10, 1986, Winnipeg dug out from beneath 35.8 cm of snow left by a 32-hour storm. Clean-up costs were $2.5 million, a quarter of the city’s annual snow-removal budget.
- The lowest recorded temperature in Waterloo was -31C, on February 12 2014. Can you believe it? The lowest temperature was only recorded a year ago.
We recommend dropping these facts the next time you are at the office water cooler! Not only will you impress your colleagues, but it will also remind them that the weather is not as bad as it could be.
Even when the cold weather isn’t breaking records, it still strains heating equipment. Prevent breakdowns by getting your furnace or boiler a checkup! Having your heating system cleaned and tested will save you money on expensive repairs and prevent disastrous breakdowns.
Afterglow. Water, warmth, well-being.