1. anthrosciguy says

    I used to do a lot of winter hiking when I was a kid in southern Minnesota. Coldest was -22F, which was doable until I got to the first open field. Turned around then. Can’t imagine doing anything like that now. And I feel for anyone who actually has to go out in that cold.

  2. Rob Grigjanis says

    chigau @1: Yeah, I was thinking the same. Running with face hair in -20C (or less) has consequences. Wish I’d taken pictures back when I did that kind of thing.

  3. Rich Woods says

    I think the coldest temperature I’ve ever been out in was -15C. Then a lorry went past. The windchill almost knocked me to the ground, unable to draw a proper breath. I decided that was not a good night to walk to the pub.

  4. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    Meanwhile, half-assed-fall-spring thing seems to be ending early again here. Why can’t I just have one whole month of not having to run the AC in my car?

  5. a_ray_in_dilbert_space says

    It was a balmy -6 degrees F when I got up this morning (-21 deg. C). The bright side: When it is that cold out, soap bubbles freeze as soon as you blow them. This makes them a lot more stable, and when they pop. they just sort of deflate, rather than disappearing.

    If you have the ability to blow bubbles (either children’s toys or by mixing dishwashing soap, water and glycerine) I strongly urge you to take advantage of the cold and go out and have a good time. Being a physicist means never having to grow up.

  6. says

    I spent a couple of hours, with an hour break in between, on Wednesday outside at -24 C. If you’re moving it’s all about how you’re dressed.

  7. quatguy says

    Looking good PZ! Many years ago I used to ride my bike to university when I lived in Edmonton. The coldest ride I did was -37 degrees C. Not fun. The locals thought I was crazy. Now I live back in my home town, balmy Victoria BC where we typically get flowers in January and February and rarely if any snow. No polar vortex here!

  8. Ed Seedhouse says

    I also took a short walk today and didn’t die. Here in Victoria B.C. it was a frigid 4 degrees Celsius! OK, 5 degrees Celsius.The tulips are barely above the ground, apparently warily crouching just – in case.

  9. lanir says

    I skipped walking in the weather this time but I’ve had experiences with this sort of weather while at the University of Saskatchewan. They’re smart up there and have heated tunnels so I’d walk to the computer lab in jeans and a t-shirt. The problem was, the computer lab was open longer than the tunnels (may have changed since, it was some time ago) and if I timed it poorly I’d have to sprint across campus to the dorms before I froze my arse off. I did do some runs when it got around -15 or -20 but not many.

    I don’t recommend it. Aside from it stealing your breath away, I nearly slipped and fell on the ice a couple times, which feels like something that might have ended with rather permanent consequences. It doesn’t exactly help you get to sleep when you’ve already stayed up too late, either.

  10. robro says

    It rained so hard the day I left, the weather it was fine…

    I moved from the bug infested sauna called Florida many years ago, and never regretted it. I also don’t long for the minus-degree weather of the upper plans that you’re describing. The balmy weather of California is fine. It’s been raining, cool but not cold.

  11. twarren1111 says

    In a good way, I mean.

    Um, maybe it’s just that you look old. Yeah, that’s it. Old and dead.