Canadian Culture (Okay, Country) Shock

I just finished traveling up to Canada for some holidays with family, so I’ve been somewhat incommunicado. The arrival has been, to put it mildly, a shock. To give you a visceral sense, here is the weather forecast for tonight/tomorrow at home in La Jolla:

Today: Sunny. High 79F. Winds light and variable.

Tonight: Generally clear. Low 44F. Winds light and variable.

Tomorrow: Sunny skies. High around 70F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Here, however, is the weather forecast for the same period in Ottawa, Ontario (and check the “bitter cold” part in particular):

Today: Cloudy with some light snow. Morning high of 18F with temps falling to the single digits. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

Tonight: Bitterly cold. Mostly cloudy with snow showers mainly during the evening. Dangerous wind chills may approach -30F. Low -12F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

Tomorrow: Bitterly cold. Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High near -5F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

[Update] I see that Alex Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution is up here in Canada holidaying somewhere as well. Mind you, he’s only complaining about Tivo withdrawal — wait until he tries to leave the house.


  1. Ottawa? No thanks! I’m in Victoria where it is warmer than my home grounds of Washington, D.C.! :)

  2. Ah, Victoria! Well, then you have nothing to do worry about other than, perhaps, rusting if the rains set in.
    Here in eastern Ontario about the only thing I currently have to look forward to is finding out whether it is really true that at -40 F spit freezes as soon as it hits the ground. And assuming we pass that inauspicious test and temps go lower, then I’m looking forward to -75 F where, apparently, urine freezes before it hits the ground. It is a testable hypothesis, albeit a dangerous one, but I’m prepared to pee for science.