Here in Alberta, we are known for our cold temperatures, and expect it to be cold during winter. The winter of 2013-14 hasn’t been an easy one for temperatures. From November until the middle of January we saw very cold temperatures and wind chills. We’ve had a bit of a reprieve for about 15 days here, that has brought us temperatures that are above zero, but when you normally deal with -37C (-34.6F) for lows and your daytime high of -21C (-5.8 F), a few days above zero feels like a Tropical breeze (not really, but it does feel nice)! When we look on the other side of the globe and hear of people dealing with temperatures above +40C (104F) our deep freeze doesn’t sound too bad!
While reading other farm and ranch blogs, I’ve made friends with Mandy, a fellow cattle farmer from north-west New South Wales, Australia. Mandy writes an amazing blog called Rocky Springs Rambles, and this week, Mandy and I have gotten together to do a comparison of what each other has to deal with working outside in extreme temperatures.(Numbers in brackets are Fahrenheit for the folks that don’t do metric).
Official temperature: Australia: 42.5 (108.5); Canada -18.2 (-0.76), add the wind chill factor and you get -27 (-16). Honestly Mandy, I think the only time in my life when I felt the weather THAT hot was went I was in Phoenix, Arizona in June! I complain when the weather gets above 28 (82.4) here!
Temperature on the top of your hat
In Australia: 49.2 (120)
Temperature underneath your hat
In Australia: 42 (107)
Water in the cattle troughs
In Australia: 33.8 (93)
Sitting with the cattle
Under a shade tree in Australia: 40.6 (105)
In Canada our soil is buried under 120 cm of snow! So I’m calling it frozen.
In Australia: 37 (98)
Dog Pool in Australia: 30 (86)
No dog pool in Alberta in January!
Kitchen: Canada 20.8 (69) and that’s with the furnace running!
Australia: 38.1 (100)
Cold water tap in bathroom:
Canada: 16 (60)
Australia: 37.3 (99)
The thought of 40+ (104) degrees in January is nice, for a few minutes. Sorry, Mandy, I don’t think I could live in the “furnace”. Just too warm for me! But I do hope your temperatures moderate a bit & that you all get some much needed rain!