It’s interesting to hear people talking about the weather. Regardless of gender, age or occupation, people are complaining of the frigid temperatures.
The cold came early this year and it came hard, setting in long before the yuletide season and making sure that there was no green Christmas this year. It was the whitest that has been seen for a long time.
Stephenville set a record this year with 29 days of sub-zero temperatures from Dec. 7, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014, according to CBC recordings, with the closest being in 2002 and 1961, with 27 days each.
That’s a lot of cold for an extended period of time, especially when it came so early, because the other two closest started in mid-January and not in early December.
Reflecting on years past, some of the people talk about how the frost gathered on windows in days of yore and how the cold was so prevalent back then.
Fast forward to this year and some of those types of scenes, with frost that resembles a beautiful leaf pattern, can be seen once again.
Back then it was because the windows were single pane and susceptible to the difference between the cold outside and the bit of warmth inside, often provided by a wood stove.
Today, it’s still probably because of the heat inside of the home contrasting with the cold outside the house, compounded with the electricity being knocked out on a short- or long-term basis, depending on where you live.
People in this province have become accustomed in the past decade or so to milder winters, with some years snowmobiling enthusiasts concerned of whether they would get their sleds out on the snow at all.
Such is not the case this year, but there is a concern if there is going to be enough visibility to see where you’re going or not and if you can stand the cold, with temperatures that have dipped to more than -30 C with the wind-chill factor.
Maybe it’s to do with people’s aging, but there are many today who don’t want to be out in that type of conditions.