January 24, 2013

The Winds of a Canadian Winter

I live in Canada, also known as “The Great White North”. In my province (not state), we get various weather throughout the year, with occasional ‘spikes’, possibly due to global warming. The summer is usually +20 - +30 celsius (not farenheit), and with the mugginess of humidity, it can feel worse. As if you’re trying to breathe something solid instead of air. Typically, that’s end of July and August.

In the winter though, it usually gets between -15- -25. And then there’s the wind chill. When it’s windy out, it can feel a lot colder, as the winter breeze can pierce through worse than any sharp object. That’s the very worse, but if one dresses proper, it’s not that bad. And not for all of Canada, just where I live (and other places close by).

This week, however, can make one feel as if they’re living in the Arctic. In a small town in Ontario, I saw that the temperature was about -32, with a wind chill making it feel as if it’s -45. I believe in the Arctic, they have winds approx 50 – 120 hm/h. (instead of m/ph)

I can’t help but be reminded of some areas in A Song of Ice and Fire – Winterfell, and well, anywhere further North. Dressing up extra warm, venturing out and seeing snow and ice; as well as evergreens. I made some funny posts via social media with my friends – an image of Ned Stark, with my caption of “…well, he *did* warn us…”

This week is an odd, “freak” week for the weather, as something nasty has come down from the Arctic (The Lands of Always Winter?) No, it doesn’t bring the Others with it. Next week, it’s supposed to get back to ‘normal’ weather. When I write next, I’ll do a little more about the frozen wastes, as nature has served as a kind of reminder. I've been wearing my jeans, a long sleeved t-shirt, a fleece hoodie, my winter jacket (akin to a snowboarder's one), my toque, mitts, my hoodie hood pulled over my toque, and my jacket hood pulled up over that.

In a future post, my ‘thank you’ (which I promised when I hit 10 000 pageviews) will be a video of me talking about my book, and series. I want to tell you so much, but I don’t want to give anything away or ruin surprises. Look for that on or by Tuesday.

Enjoy these winter-y images....

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