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Old 12-25-12, 05:50 AM   #11
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A bit chilly here, right now its about 15 c and Christmas is almost at an end, but damn, -26 c !!!

Looks like you have your work cut out for you
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Its a cold christmas here, however no snow. But I like snow. Snow is nice. Snowbaullllllllllls!
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Old 12-25-12, 08:52 AM   #13
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my friends and I would throw sandballs at each other like kids at the snow do with snowballs. Problem was it always went in someone's eye and was a real bitch to get out.
Sandballs??!! That sounds like it must hurt!! I've been pelted by sand on windy days at the beach, and it hurts! At least we are wearing coats when hit by a snowball .... and they are soft, depending on the kind of snow. Very wet snow can make a harder/heavier snowball. And forget about the ice ones. Ouch!!

Snow has different consistencies depending on how wet/slushy/heavy or dry/fluffy/light it is. It falls at different rates - light snowfall or heavy snowfall. We call a light snowfall "a dusting". Snowflakes vary in size depending on the air temperature. Large flakes mean that it's warmer out - just below freezing. The colder the air, the smaller the flakes.

I have been snowed in. I remember one very bad blizzard - they had to stop mail delivery. Nobody could go out on the roads. Heavy snow can take down power lines, so we lose power in storms like that.

Everything you see in the movies is accurate regarding snow. The highway department has sand and salt trucks and they spray sand on the roads when it snows, to give the tires traction. Salt is for melting ice. Driving can be very hazardous (especially with ice) and sometimes we are asked not to drive at all if it's too dangerous.

If you ever do fly somewhere cold, they might de-ice your plane. That just happened on my plane when I flew in the snow last month. They spray the plane wings with de-icing fluid.

Anyway... that's all the info on snow that I can think of! Hope you get to experience it someday. If you do.... dress in layers - it keeps you warmer And don't forget to cover your EARS! They get cold fast!!

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Old 12-25-12, 09:41 AM   #14
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Hot chocolate and or eggnog. Hammm. I love ham only eat it on christmas and thanksgiving. But the normal hot chocolate while wrapped under a giant warm blanket. While laughing with your friends and family. Snowball fights...Attemping to built a pitiful looking snowman. Snow angels and frolicking in the snow with dogs...They're so silly around snow..
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Old 12-25-12, 09:59 AM   #15
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A bit chilly here, right now its about 15 c and Christmas is almost at an end, but damn, -26 c !!!

Looks like you have your work cut out for you
I read somewhere on the internet the other day that Canadians take the most vacations-to get away from the cold. No Doubt. I'd like to get away for a few weeks too sometime. Forget the cold.

15 C sounds so nice. I'd be in a summer dress and sandals for sure. I have to admit though it's not Christmas for me if I don't have the snow. Just need to have a white Christmas. I suppose I like the change of seasons.

Currently hibernating though. I hope Xerxes you get a chance to feel and see the snow. It's something to see. As a kid, I've made snowballs, spent hours making my version of igloos and gone sledding, ice skating as a kid. There is some fun to it, I'll agree. I forgot also, making little snow angels in the snow. Which is something I would still like to do. I still want to fall back on the snow and make snow angles till this day.

I think having an activity to do in the winter does help and I have been outside and celebrated New Years with -26 c weather. I suppose if you can't beat it, join it.

I think the coldest days for us here are in January and February. Just my opinion. There have been a few days here in the winter where the cars won't start because it's so cold. I remember I went out one time during lunch to start my car and I think it was just sitting there for about 2 hours, man I had to pump it and pump it, to get it going. I was scared it wouldn't start. I was in a free parking spot down town. When I got home I heard on the news that so many cars wouldn't start and it would take 48 hours to get a tow truck to boost! I was so glad my car started that day.

Again, I hope you get a chance to see the snow. Lots here in Canada especially between Nov to February is the best time for snow.
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Xeres was thinking about this post again this morning. I posted some of the negative things such as driving and cold but I want to tell you some of the good things. It is late Christmas morning here it is very cold and there is a lot of snow.I went out to clean off my suv earlier and there are kids on this street playing in it. There is a small hill by the end of the street and there are kids sledding on it. This brings back my fondest childhood memories of when I moved here and met my best friend. For me that is a good thing right now maybe the best of things. Most people here I know have a fireplace because it gets so cold here. While it is cold outside there is nothing quite like sitting in front of a fire with a warm cup having meaningful conversations with those that mean most to you in life. While the snow is a trigger for me emotionally now I believe if I move away from here I would truly miss that. It is not fun to drive in but it makes you appreciate a warm house all the more. When was very young I lived by a beach. You don't know what you have until it's gone. I am now part of this snowy place. Christmas wouldn't be the same without the snow. Someday you need to have the experience for yourself.
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All the fun things people posted makes me want to go to the snow even more! I forgot all about sledding, ice skating and snow angels

But I never thought about some of the problems like heavy snow storms taking out power lines or having trouble starting your car. And now I think about it I have trouble coping with the temp when it hits like 5 c, so I'd really struggle with sub zero. But I still want to go to the snow, a white Christmas is now officially on my bucket list.
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Do it friend. There is good and bad in everything you will ever do. Just live and experience all you can in your life.
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All the fun things people posted makes me want to go to the snow even more! I forgot all about sledding, ice skating and snow angels

But I never thought about some of the problems like heavy snow storms taking out power lines or having trouble starting your car. And now I think about it I have trouble coping with the temp when it hits like 5 c, so I'd really struggle with sub zero. But I still want to go to the snow, a white Christmas is now officially on my bucket list.
I'd say go for it!
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Hey going to Australia is on my bucket list, so we're even ! Really though... go if you can, and like Dave86 said, it's an experience and you'll be glad you did it
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