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Written by Wazz the snow fox   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 17:15

 

Today is cold.  After an unseasonably warm September here in Winnipeg, October seems to be making up for lost time.

If you had to work outside like I did, your prime directive was to stay in the sun as much as possible.  Soon even that won't be warm enough.  I'm not complaining... Winnipeg wouldn't be Winnipeg without six months of extreme cold every year.

I know it's probably ill-advised for me to give tips to the dominant species on surviving in the only environment where I have the advantage, but here we go anyway.  Here are 5 tried and true tips for humans on staying warm in -40 degree weather:

 

1. Dress in layers, and put them on in the right order.  The warmest sweatshirt should be closest to your body.  The lightest shirt should be farthest.  The light shirt is your windbreaker and the warm shirt is your insulation.  If you put your sweatshirt farthest from your body then your warm shirt is your windbreaker and your only insulation is your T-shirt.  Putting your heavy shirt close to your body is the best way to stay warm, but it's unintuitive to many people and they don't do it.   If you do this right you may not even need a coat.

2. Put on warm gloves and boots, and shield your ears and nose.  You lose most heat from the areas that stick out from your body, especially your hands, feet, and ears (and tail :P).

3. Put your gloves on the radiator about five minutes before you put them on and leave.  This way they'll be warm when you put them on, and your body heat will keep them warm when you're outside.

4. Especially if you're going to be outside for a long time, bring some snacks to nibble on.  Your body loses a significant amount of energy generating heat to keep yourself warm.  Bring something like dried fruit or nuts, anything with relatively low water content.  Otherwise the water in the food will freeze and your snack will be hard as a rock.

5. And remember if you have a small biodegradable item (like, e.g. chewing gum) that you need to get rid of, you can bury it in a snowbank and it will be gone by early spring.

-Wazz the snow fox

Song of the day: Vertigo Fox - Trial by Fire:

http://www.planetdescent.net/index.php?action=mgallery;sa=item;id=97

 

Last Updated on Friday, 15 October 2010 12:19
 
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Re: The Cold Weather Blah
May 18 2013 01:48:45
LGalchenko wrote:
Try living in Alaska; where it gets -60C. It seems like we have 9 months of winter every year.
Nah, don't get me wrong, but I guess that's a bit exaggerated.

Wikipedias says: The lowest official Alaska temperature is −80 °F (−62.2 °C) in Prospect Creek on January 23, 1971.

Well, that was more than 40 years ago.

However, I wouldn't have wanted to be there during that period.
#1707
The Cold Weather Blah
May 14 2013 23:38:31
Try living in Alaska; where it gets -60C. It seems like we have 9 months of winter every year.
#1701
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Mar 04 2012 16:32:19
FreddyXa wrote:
Good stuff I wonder what tail might stick out of your body if youre not a fox

-< Ieehhh! That just opens up to a lot of bad jokes. And I surely would NOT want to know! >-
#1238
The Cold Weather Blah
Mar 01 2012 01:49:40
Good grief! I bet it probably gets looking like something from the Day After Tomorrow movie. Hopefully it wont cause any harm. But it's very impressive cold when everything freezes.
#1232
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Jan 31 2012 22:53:38
On -20°C and lower I have to take a second scarf and put it on my face.
(if don't have to walk for longer than a hour)
#1210
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Jan 20 2012 12:50:56
Another one, but not from Harbin.

This one's from the Sheraton hotel in Shenyang today.

#1183
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Jan 20 2012 10:29:24
Here you go.

#1181
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Jan 19 2012 21:17:13
We need a picture of an ice sculpture so we can believe in what you say
#1179
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Jan 19 2012 15:12:43
Thomas wrote:
It's getting cold here too, but not even close to what AlterFox is talking about.
That was in the UK.
Now I'm in China, and I figured that it can get very cold.
#1175
The Cold Weather Blah
Jan 17 2012 18:05:14
Hmmmmm, I see your point, and thanks for the tip.
#1170
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Oct 28 2010 22:23:45
Good stuff though anyway its never that cold here.
#499
Re: The Cold Weather Blah
Oct 26 2010 21:57:20
It's getting cold here too, but not even close to what AlterFox is talking about.
#492
The Cold Weather Blah
Oct 26 2010 00:01:44
Makes me feeling very cold.
#486
The Cold Weather Blah
Oct 21 2010 19:16:39
Good stuff I wonder what tail might stick out of your body if youre not a fox
#469