Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

January 22, 2012

Official Notice

CANADA - Extreme and wacky weather continues as RECORD LOWS hit parts of Canada. Coast-to-coast, Canadians continue to deal with 'weird and wacky' weather. Freezing rain, severe wind chills and mild temperatures persist across the country, with temperatures dropping in the West and winter storm warnings hitting much of the East. Bitterly cold weather has helped Alberta has set a new record for electricity demand. On Monday around the supper hour, demand peaked at an all-time high of 10,609 megawatts, which beat the previous record set Sunday.
On Wednesday, record lows hit Alberta as arctic air moved east. Edmonton faced a severe wind chill of about -43 C while Calgary expected a chill of -35 C. Bitterly cold air combined with a westerly wind of 15 to 30 km/h will produce wind chill values in the -40 to -49 C range in southern Saskatchewan throughout Wednesday and into Thursday. Winnipeg also got a blast of winter as temperatures were set to hit -36 C. At these extreme values, frostbite on exposed skin can occur in less than 10 minutes. 

This is an excerpt from

This is not the sort of records that I like to see. We are only 1 1/2 hours from Edmonton, and pretty much matched what they saw.

On a more cheerful note, do you realize that spring is only 2 months away? Wahooo!

Bring it on!!!

6 comments: said...

I've lived about five years of my life in Europe...three of those years in Germany and I can't imagine having to be in a house, on acreage, in those temperatures. I'd love to know how you prepare for snow emergencies, especially with heat, etc. What kind of heat do you guys use up there? We have central heat (gas) in our area, with the furnace in the attic. We rarely need to use our heat. In Germany, we used oil radiators (?) in each room and those provided excellent heat as well. We have a gas fireplace here at the house, but I'm in the Gulf Coast of Texas and a fireplace is kind of like having dangling earings. Pretty.

Hang in there!!!


TexWisGirl said...

we set records this summer for extreme electrical use - due to the A/C demands after weeks of 100+ temps. two extremes...

Joey said...

Oh my word! Stay warm...

It's been in the 70's here in Texas, but the temp is supposed to drop down to the 50's later this week.

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

We continue to have the odd bit of warmth. I do like this global disaster link you have shared. Quite interesting.

luckybunny said...

Brr! We haven't had that in Eastern Ontario only a few days of -25. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, which means ice which I'd rather not have. This winter has been awful. I'm hoping you don't get temperatures quite that cold, but mostly just stay warm and safe.

Alica said...

Oh, keep warm! I can't quite imagine being that cold...spring will soon be here!!