The Worst Blizzard in Decade

Arctic is a magic place on the earth, the most well known  phenomena is the 24 hours sunlight in summer and 24 hours darkness in winter, the later is called polar night. Actually, there are more interesting but less known facts, such as, the sun rises in south and set in the south twice a year, and so does in the north once a year.   When people enjoy 24 hours sunlight, they have to suffer some of the  most severe weather events on the planet, one of them is the blizzard.

A blizzard is a extreme weather condition characterized by strong winds and very poor visibility, it usually occurs in early winter and spring. On Wikipedia, it is said a blizzard also featured by heavy snow falls and extremely low temperature, but that is not true. In a   blizzard the temperature is not as low as  it is in a clear days, and snow falls are not that heavy comparing to ordinary winter days, however due to the strong wind, it  usually fees very cold contributed by wind chill not by temperature itself. Because of the strong winds, ground snow as well as falling snow is stirred in the air and flies in all directions that reduce visibility severely to few meters only. As such, the whole world seems emerged together, and that comes another word” whiteout”, which claimed many lives when people got lost even a few hundred meter away from their homes. Due to the severe weather condition during a blizzard, business and government offices usually close.

The latest blizzard in Cambridge Bay started in the Moring of last Friday (Nov.19) and will cease in the midnight of today. By my roommate Mike’s knowledge, it is the longest and the worst blizzard since he moved into arctic 10 years ago. As one of the results, power system failed a few times last night, and we run out tap water today, and can’t use wash room.

The follow photos took from the same spot from my window will tell a true arctic in a blizzard.

 

During blizzard(day time)During the blizzard(daytime)

blizzard(night) During the blizzard(nighttime)

After blizzard After the blizzard ceased

SundogA sun dog in a sunny day (Temperature=-45C)

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34 Responses to The Worst Blizzard in Decade

  1. Y says:

    天哪!!!!
    你要在那里呆多久呢?
    这个也太冷了吧!
    我很想看看你冬天都穿什么出门,这个,这-45度!!!!
    我在遥远的德国给你最深的祝福!!!

  2. Y says:

    北极,第一次“距离”我这么近!

  3. arcticwl says:

    谢谢Y,我想等把北极走遍后就回南方,80已经去过了,还剩几个地方没去过,最主要的是拍到北极熊后。
    没来之前听着挺可怕,但实际上到这儿后也不觉得,-45不算是很低的温度,冷的时候可以到零下60度。穿的是能抗-80度的PARKA(里面充的是天鹅绒毛)。所以除了在BLIZZARD期间,任何时候都可以出门。

    • Y says:

      我们这明天-3度,我已经要冻坏了,都不敢出门了,活动仅限于游泳。:(
      看来你是一个冒险家,喜欢有刺激的自然风光景物。
      我受不了亲临的刺激,还是在你这好好过过瘾吧!
      拍北极熊?千万要小心啊!!!这个是不是很危险?
      不行咱就在动物园拍拍?
      想想我就害怕:-S

      • arcticwl says:

        你可真幸福,-3C跟这儿比就像热带了。我的爱好就是到处拍野生动物。北极熊的主食是腥味很重的海豹,所以很少袭击人,反而常见的北美黑熊及棕熊比较危险,你去看看:https://arcticwl.wordpress.com/2008/09/20/wildlife-in-canadian-rockies/

  4. Y says:

    我真的太佩服你了!
    那你以后有了孩子,会带着还以一起去拍吗?
    我以前在网上看到过,有法国的摄影家夫妇带着女儿在非洲的原始森林拍野生动物。
    你看过这组图片吗?
    有小女孩跟鳄鱼的,还有跟狮子,老虎,等等。。。好吓人啊。

  5. A five day blizzard, so hard to phathom. I can’t imagine how many feet fell. A terrible time for you folks.

  6. arcticwl says:

    it was terrible, some my local friend told me, it is the worst blizzard in more than 20 years. but we all survived except a one young fellow in another community.

  7. Carrie says:

    Ok I won’t complain about our cold temps now. Must sometimes be exciting though. The best part of a storm is when the sky’s clear again. It can be so beautiful outside. Must have been a lot of snow blown around. Well try and stay warm. Hugs Carrie

    • arcticwl says:

      I guess i will not complain any weather condition anymore either once i leave arctic some day. snow drift almost buried the town, the clear days were so chilly but at least not that terrible.
      Thanks Carrie,

  8. dengaiwu says:

    你对北极的热爱溢于言表,说明兄弟也是一位热爱生活、热爱大自然的朋友。咱们可能有相同之处。
    说到零下45度,我虽没有在这么低条件下生活过,不过86年冬天哈尔滨最冷到达过零下40度,那时正好是寒假,我没回老家而是留在了哈尔滨有幸经历有生最冷的气候。感觉应和你在北极一样。哈哈~

    • arcticwl says:

      咱们是同一时候的,肯定有好多共同点。我在这儿经历的最低温度有-55左右,但由于穿戴适当,有了这个经历,在多伦多再冷都不觉得了,好像是心作用。

  9. Yan says:

    我说怎么一直没见到你的更新呢,原来是没有subcribe你,瞧我糊涂的~~我好喜欢你这样的生活,跟大自然特别的亲近,希望以后我也可以幸运见见北极光~~还有,刚才看到你上面的留言,你有两个女儿啊,好幸福啊!!真是个Cool and knowledgeable Daddy,女儿的福气呀!

    • arcticwl says:

      聪明人历来大事了然于心,但小事可以小小糊涂一下。
      有极光的地方都属于高寒气候,等你家Elyse大一点了就可以来加拿大北方来看看了。女儿赶上我这个爹,想撒撒娇都找不着人的:)

  10. chicasl10 says:

    and i was talking abt our snow and cold wind…my God Wolfy this is not my kind of weather How can u live in minus 45/…?
    and getting lost 100 meter from ur house. gosh Wolfy such a hard life.
    awesome fotoos btw..

    • arcticwl says:

      That is why i called myself Wolf:), Actually -45 is not very cold weather here, if i said i have experienced -68(including wind chill of course), i hope your jaws does not fall off, hehehe.
      keep warm MJ.

  11. jennyozzy says:

    that looks so cold and scarey arctic we are having a bad snowfall here and we are such sheep lol nothing like your weather our country at a standstill with just a foot of snow hope you have a great week xxjen

  12. chicasl10 says:

    Im ashamed abt the fact im worrying abt a bit of snow..knowing u face minus 40
    i cant imagine how u can keep on handling this kind of weather.
    i do hope u have good times now. U have holidays??
    well im relaxing now……..
    warm inside the house.
    TC Wolfy and enjoy

  13. jennyozzy says:

    have a lovely xmas arc tic xxjen

  14. jennyozzy says:

    have a great new year arctic xxjen

  15. Yan says:

    你这也好久没更新了,祝你和你的全家新年快乐啊!!

  16. chicasl10 says:

    im happy to have u as friend also Wolfy
    i hope u had a warm new year to start with
    tc and i will write a new entry soon..
    bit busy these days
    smile

    • arcticwl says:

      every one is busier in holiday season MJ, how is the weather now, i know the wost snow storm in Europe in past days, i hope it did not cause too much inconvenience to you.

      wish you a happy start in 2011, and looking forward to your new entry.

      Cheers,

  17. jennyozzy says:

    HI HOW ARE YOU POSSIBLY A HEATWAVE HERE LOL TWO ABOVE FREEZING BUT SNOW ON THE WAY HAVE A LOVELY WEEK ARCTIC XXJEN

    • arcticwl says:

      Jen, as usual keep busy in holiday. a heatwave? what a exciting new for pple in Britain suffering from severe winter. i guess you have got used to heavy snow in this winter.
      Keep warm and enjoy forthcoming heatwave.

      Cheers.

  18. Carrie says:

    Happy New Year Wolf, Well it has been a winter wonderland at my place. We just had a big dump and now have almost 3 feet of snow. But am almost packed up and closing house and heading south to the Salton Sea for the remainder of the winter. Hope you days are getting longer soon. Hugs Carrie

    • arcticwl says:

      Happy New Year to you too Carrie, glad to hear that you are heading south for the rest of winter, the sun has back to horizon, and wish you have a relaxed holiday trip in down south.
      WL

  19. jennyozzy says:

    hello arctic how are you hows your year started soon be spring i cant wait my coastal town is calling me have a fun week xxjen

    • arcticwl says:

      Jenny, i am jealous that spring will come soon in Britain, here i start my new year in dark and chilling winter though the polar night was over last week.
      have a joyous new week.
      Arccticwl

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