How does it feel below minus 20C?
I can't even imagine what -20C feels like, is something a lot of my friends in England say to me. So I thought I'd have a go at describing life below freezing. I'm sure our relatives in the Yukon will be sniggering at this (it's really cold there) but here goes.
I've described the contents of your nose freezing before here but recently I noticed another weird bodily function affected by the cold. (not what you're thinking). As soon as I set foot out of the house these days I cry. Not because I'd rather be in Florida but simply as a reaction to the temperature.
|A night at -5C anyone? Quebec Ice Hotel.|
My eyes water the whole time I am out and as I arrived at the Metro station recently, just a 10 minute walk away, I was aware of something stuck on my eyelashes. I picked it off and looked at it - my tears had frozen. Another Canadian winter first for me. I'm wearing it like a badge.
|Smiling through the pain|
|It's tough out here.|
In fact I probably wear it as soon as it's below -15C (the temperature below which my teacher friend was not allowed to send the kids outside). A colleague at French class is a year-round cyclist (only in Montreal) but draws the line at -10C. He got frostbite the other day. Another friend tells me specifically that his nose hairs freeze at -15C. Always good to know.
Our car, like many others, has given up the ghost in these conditions. The garage reckons something freezes in the starter. All I know is the procedure for going out in the car (when it works) is slightly ridiculous. It goes like this: Clear car of snow, clear snow off roof (you can get a ticket if you don't), then sit inside car and scrape ice off inside of windscreen, clear coats of snow which has just been created by clearing window, start car.
|Rolling in snow to...keep warm?|