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Yeah, cool sped-up video... We get some pretty wicked multi-colored northern lights (Aurora Borealis) up here too. Maybe tonight, as it's clear and -33C.
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Yeah, cool sped-up video... We get some pretty wicked multi-colored northern lights (Aurora Borealis) up here too. Maybe tonight, as it's clear and -33C.
-33c, no wonder you park your bike up over winter, when I rode home from my 1700km ride on Sunday it was 32 C and wind was 80kph in places and a very hot wind it was.
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Now at -36C, it is getting warmer faster up north. Record lows here are: January -45.3C, February -43.3C, March -42.2C, December -44.4C... Record high is +38.3C in June.
Conditions aren't favorable these days for northern lights, but I'll keep an eye out for them and try to get photos.

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The northern lights are pretty awsome from what I have been told
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One of NASA's THEMIS (superDARN) ground based magnetometer observatories (22 total) is only about 10 Kms east. GBO unit #15 Kapuskasing.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/th...raft/gmag.html

http://www.scribd.com/doc/995703/NAS...IS20Press20Kit

http://www.ips.gov.au/IPSHosted/NCRS...5a_3_baker.pdf

Then another 10 Kms further east is Moonbeam, Canada's UFO sighting town.



http://www.ufoupdateslist.com/2004/oct/m19-022.shtml

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Now at -36C, it is getting warmer faster up north. Record lows here are: January -45.3C, February -43.3C, March -42.2C, December -44.4C... Record high is +38.3C in June.
Conditions aren't favorable these days for northern lights, but I'll keep an eye out for them and try to get photos.

Can you tell the difference between say -35C and -40C or is it so damn cold it doesn't matter.

There is a huge difference between +35C and +40C but once you get past 40 it doesn't really matter.

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Yeah, the difference can be felt, especially if you're out in it regularly. Machines, engines and oil can feel it too. Sound gets remarkably loud and crisp when it's that cold with the denser air. It gets hard to stand on the highway with eyes closed, as a tractor trailer approaches still 1/4 mile away. You could swear it's just about to hit you. At -44C with no wind for example, boot soles get hard as rock real quick, jacket shells get very crispy and noisy. Fingers start hurting from onset of freezing if out of mittens for about 10-15 seconds as I try to operate a camera.
Standing outside at night as temperatures dip down, I can hear the trees and even the lake 1 km behind randomly release a loud "POW!!" now and then.
It may be the coldest night of the winter tonight as it should go down to -40C (-40F) ambient. I'll see if I can get a video/audio clip.

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It may be the coldest night of the winter tonight as it should go down to -40C (-40F) ambient. I'll see if I can get a video/audio clip.
Well according to weather forecast, it is supposed to be just over 40 c in Alice springs, Australia tomorrow. Only a 80 c difference from where you are Invader
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Cool... It was -40C ambient at 3 am Sunday morning. No wind out, but uncovered face starts stinging real bad in about 20 seconds from the windchill created while walking. Walking backwards helps a bit, as does covering it with bare hands which start to freeze instead. It quickly gets very painful. I took a short video by the highway while a tractor trailer drove by. I'll see if I can put it up.
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So here it is... Note the sound of my footsteps on packed snow at beginning. I ducked behing a snowbank before the tractor trailer went by:

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/754/7cm.mp4
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we had only -30C this morning at 7.... even with the engine bloc heater is hard for the car...
the seat was hard like a wood and the winter tires were frozen and give a bumpy ride in the beginning.

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we had only -30C this morning at 7.... even with the engine bloc heater is hard for the car...
the seat was hard like a wood and the winter tires were frozen and give a bumpy ride in the beginning.
-30C And i though doing winter maint around our boilers at -6C last year was extreme, you guys are some hard men in those conditions.
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We're having fine weather right now in So Calif, better than we had last SUMMER along the coast. Here's where I was Sunday, about 20 miles inland as the crow flies. If next Summer is like the last, we'll be swimming in fog again near the beach.
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