Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Never seen this one before...

It's always exciting when the Weather Network icon flashes it's little white lightning strike on a red background on my desktop. What could it be? Winter storm warning? Blizzard watch?? Blizzard warning????

How 'bout this:

Baker Lake
2:31 PM CST Wednesday 19 January 2011
Wind chill warning for Baker Lake continued

Extreme wind chill expected to develop overnight and continue into Thursday. This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions. Listen for updated statements.

An extremely cold core of air situated over the north central Arctic will slide southeastward tonight into the Southern Kivalliq. This air will combine with brisk northwest winds, to produce extreme wind chill values in the -55 to -65 range. In addition winds gusting at times to 60 km/h along the Kivalliq coast line will produce some blowing snow overnight and Thursday morning. Wind chill values are expected to plummet into the extreme range overnight and persist over much of the region on Thursday before moderating slightly Thursday night as winds diminish. Despite this temperatures are expected to remain around the -40 Celsius mark until at least the early part of the weekend.

At these extreme wind chill values frostbite on exposed skin may occur in less than two minutes.

Really looking forward to the walk up the hill tomorrow morning....


  1. I would die. I walked home tonight (15 min) walk, and it was -10 or something like that. I was not comfortable b/c my legs were very cold and my thighs were burning. Soooo, if I can't handle that, then I'm not sure I could handle -40 and HUGE snow drift.

    Good luck.

  2. We survived. You prepare for the cold by wearing lots of layers and investing in parkas. And the good thing about the snow here, is that generally, you can walk on top of the snow drifts, and don't have to trudge through!