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Sunny and Cold
A sunny cold view of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
We are experiencing a very cold spell over the next few days as a result of Arctic outflows. Our high tomorrow is expected to be -34 (-29F) with wind chill around -42C, so we need to be cautious about frostbite and vehicles and aircraft need to be babied. This Arctic outflow is expected to reach into much of North America, so if your temperatures suddenly drop, that’s probably why.
Happy Monday; stay warm.
Here in the subarctic, it’s snowy.
But it is beautiful.
The lake effect snow is coming down in full abundance. It hasn’t stopped snowing – a very heavy, wet snow – for 48 hours now.
The Big Melt has been happening at a voracious speed, but Great Slave Lake is still very solidly frozen (it was recently tested 500 metres [1600 ft] from shore and was frozen to a depth of 2.5 m [8 ft]).
When I stopped to take this sunset photo, I could feel the cold emanating from it as the surrounding air has very quickly become much warmer (sunrise is now 5:40 a.m. and sunset is 9:30 p.m, so our daylight hours are long, and lately, quite sunny).
One of the unusual things about the subarctic is how long and warm our spring days become, even though much of winter’s impact still lingers.
Happy Monday, happy week.
I know that official spring has come along, but the subarctic weather up here doesn’t know that. There’s still more than enough ice and cold to go around.
I love the sunset reflection on the hood of my truck.