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Old 10-18-2020, 11:03 AM   #5141
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I won't bother telling you guys about interior BC.
That’s where I moved here from
Probably explains my inability to cope with this.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:07 AM   #5142
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Also, the while ‘damp cold’ thing I think is bull####. Rather, it’s something us prairie folks tell ourselves when our fingers and lips have split open.
“Well yeah, it’s -35 with the windchill, but at least it’s not a wet -5 amirite?”
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:14 AM   #5143
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It's the unpredictability of the weather in Calgary that sucks.

I'm an accomplished procrastinator, but I could be forgiven for thinking the week before Thanksgiving that I had another weekend or two to do some chores around the yard like raking the leaves, putting the filters into the eaves troughs, covering the pond, tidying up kids toys, packing hoses away, etc.

There's something disheartening about living in a place where spring cleanup can't really be done until the end of May, and to be prudent you need to prep for winter in September.
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I would argue it has the best weather of any major Canadian city by the metric of days I want to do things outside. I packed down an XC loop in the park near me this morning. Was fun to be outside in the snow.


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Old 10-18-2020, 11:47 AM   #5145
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Also, the while ‘damp cold’ thing I think is bull####. Rather, it’s something us prairie folks tell ourselves when our fingers and lips have split open.
“Well yeah, it’s -35 with the windchill, but at least it’s not a wet -5 amirite?”
Nope not right. I’ve been in places like Vancouver, London, Halifax in winter and -5 and rain and feels absolutely bone chillin. If you are out in it for any amount of time and get wet, it’s actually the kind of cold that just saps the energy out of your soul.

Compare that to -20 or -25 here and as long as dressed appropriately can ski mountains, take the dog for a walk, hell even sit through an outdoor football game
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It's the unpredictability of the weather in Calgary that sucks.

I'm an accomplished procrastinator, but I could be forgiven for thinking the week before Thanksgiving that I had another weekend or two to do some chores around the yard like raking the leaves, putting the filters into the eaves troughs, covering the pond, tidying up kids toys, packing hoses away, etc.

There's something disheartening about living in a place where spring cleanup can't really be done until the end of May, and to be prudent you need to prep for winter in September.
Odds are it's going to warm up again and you can get your cleanup done. Most years it does.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:01 PM   #5147
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Also, the while ‘damp cold’ thing I think is bull####. Rather, it’s something us prairie folks tell ourselves when our fingers and lips have split open.
“Well yeah, it’s -35 with the windchill, but at least it’s not a wet -5 amirite?”
If it was -35 the whole time it was a wet -5 then it'd be a good comparison.

Why are your fingers and lips splitting open? That's not normal, sounds like a serious disorder you should have a doctor check out
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:15 PM   #5148
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If it was -35 the whole time it was a wet -5 then it'd be a good comparison.
If you're comparing Calgary to Vancouver, -35º is about equivalent to -5º in terms of how often the temperature dips that low. For heating systems, the 99% design temperature (that means 1% of the hours of the year are below that temperature) for Calgary is -25º while it's -0.5º for Vancouver.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:24 PM   #5149
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Nope not right. I’ve been in places like Vancouver, London, Halifax in winter and -5 and rain and feels absolutely bone chillin. If you are out in it for any amount of time and get wet, it’s actually the kind of cold that just saps the energy out of your soul.

Compare that to -20 or -25 here and as long as dressed appropriately can ski mountains, take the dog for a walk, hell even sit through an outdoor football game
Disagree.
If you’re dressed appropriately anyhow, there is no way -5 feels colder than -25. Is, if you’re actually wet, you weren’t dressed appropriately to begin with.
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Also have to pile on and disagree. Having lived in Vancouver, Montreal and toronto before southern Alberta, the humid, damp cold is awful. I'll take -15 and sunny every day of the week over zero and wet. Though golfing in Victoria in December on a decent day is definitely awesome.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:33 PM   #5151
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It's the unpredictability of the weather in Calgary that sucks.
Correct, the winter isn't too bad actually. The issue is winter is always showing up like a drunk guest to a dinner party 1 hr early. When it snows in Sept or Oct, we aren't ready.


Then in spring is it the annoying guest that won't leave, like I am in my PJ's, washed all the dishes, put all the booze away and turned on the front all light, get the ####ing message.


Stupid Socially inept Calgary Winter.
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Why are your fingers and lips splitting open? That's not normal, sounds like a serious disorder you should have a doctor check out
he's talking about Calgary dryness. unless you're some sort of perpetually oily bastard, if you're not applying moisturizer constantly during the winter here (even more severe now with covid washing frequency), then the reptile skin takes over very quickly.
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Disagree.
If you’re dressed appropriately anyhow, there is no way -5 feels colder than -25. Is, if you’re actually wet, you weren’t dressed appropriately to begin with.
Have you ever lived in a wet climate? It's nearly impossible to stay dry no matter how you're dressed. I've gone full oilskin / Akubra like some Australian cowboy cosplayer and even that isn't a sure thing in Vancouver.
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Disagree.
If you’re dressed appropriately anyhow, there is no way -5 feels colder than -25. Is, if you’re actually wet, you weren’t dressed appropriately to begin with.
After living on Aberdeen Scotland for 2 years I can assure you that a nasty super humid multi day zero-Celsius is crazy cold. Gimme a Calgary -15C and sunny sky any day.
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Old 10-18-2020, 04:26 PM   #5155
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Hell, -20 even. I've said before I'd rather ski in -20 or even a degree or two colder rather than in 0. The same goes for just city living. Dry snow is manageable, slush is misery.
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Old 10-18-2020, 04:35 PM   #5156
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Good or bad?
Kootenays are an attractive option for retirement. Winter temps seem generally reasonable but people who live there comment a lot about the generally gloomy sky conditions. Maybe not rain but socked in clouds.
My Italian mother couldn’t stand the Sask or AB winters anymore so they moved to Kelowna about 10 years ago. They’re not retired but getting old enough putting up with prairie winters was too much of a PITA. The cloud cover in Kelowna is annoying but the lack of snow, the warmer weather and the extremely short winter makes it worth some gloom from Nov-Feb, which is all winter is here.

It’s sunny by March, golf courses open, weather starts getting warmer, proper seasons exist. Hell, most years it’s barely snowy or winters until December.

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Most of the leaves are still on the trees in Vernon, some of them still green. It's been cool (~10°) and rainy over the last week though. Friday night when Calgary was getting dumped on, it was 15° though.
I wore shorts on Friday here in Kelowna. Worked outside on the balcony most of the day. It got rainy and cold later in the day and even snowed for a bit this morning. But it’s basically Calgary + 10C at all times.

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Old 10-18-2020, 04:50 PM   #5157
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when our fingers and lips have split open.
Won't help with the lip splitting open bit, but for your hands, if they're dry to the point of splitting open, try Glaxal Base. We won't use anything else. The best bang for your buck is to get it at Costco. You get a rather large tub of the stuff for around the same price you're paying for a smaller tub at a pharmacy. And, you definitely want the stuff in the tub, not the stuff in a tube. We have found the stuff in the tube to be far too thin/greasy.

If the splitting is particularly bad, go to the dollar store or a pharmacy, and find the moisturizing gloves - they look a lot like a very thin cotton winter glove. At bedtime, put on as thick a layer of the Glaxal Base as you can stand & will still allow you to stick the glove on, and sleep overnight with the cream & gloves on, just wash off in the morning as usual. It will help immensely. Do that every night until the splitting heals. After that, any time you get out of the shower/tub, while your hands are still damp & warm, apply the GB. I promise, it helps. I suggested it to one of the ladies at our local grocery, who was having a terrible time with her fingertips splitting open & she won't use anything else now either.

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In terms of trying to keep your lips from getting so chapped that they split, I have had issues with that in the past as well, and for me, what worked finally, was the Blistex conditioning lip serum chapstick. I buy 4 or 5 and keep 1 in the car, one in a pocket, one in any bag I carry, on my bedside, and if I was working, I'd keep one in my desk. I just started applying it thick, every time I thought about it, and especially before going out in the cold/snow/wind. It's the only thing that healed things up and has kept them from splitting open again. You may find Burt's Bees or something else works better for you.


We lived in the far north for many years, so we were outside all the time, even at -40 or colder because if you didn't go out & stayed inside all the time, you'd go insane. But, that also led to alligator skin on your face & badly chapped & splitting lips. The Glaxal Base & eventually that chapstick are what healed things up for me. We use it on sunburn too, or just as a general moisturizer (especially over winter) - we find it better for sunburn than aloe, we don't get that horribly tight feeling of the sunburn, like we did if we applied aloe.

The Glaxal Base is hypoallergenic, perfume-free, lanolin-free, and non-greasy, can be used for psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It carries the Seal of Acceptance from the Eczema Society of Canada, and Radiation Oncology Centres across Canada recommend Glaxal Base Moisturizing Cream to patients undergoing radiation treatments to relieve associated dryness. I don't work for them, lol, we just have found it extremely helpful - my daughter especially likes it, because it's pretty much the only thing she doesn't have an MCAS reaction to.
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I like it here.
I especially like the melt down on CP first snowfall.
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I like it here.
I especially like the melt down on CP first snowfall.
The weather might get cold, but reading the complaints from weak people that can't handle it warms me more than the sun ever could
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I hereby retract my prior statement of how glorious this fall has been.

All previous positive weather is hereby forgotten and all I can think of is the impending week of sub-par temps and scattered snow.

Hardly had enough time to properly winterize the yard since I was so busy enjoying the colors and oblivious to this terrible week and onslaught of winter. Need a couple days of good seasonal (10+) weather to get everything squared up. Feel like Im in purgatory having to shovel snow while all my summer stuff is still out.
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