That's the description that comes up when I hover over the weather icon in ForecastFox (the little weather extension that gives me conditions and forecast on my status bar.)
As much as I usually find they go overboard in their descriptions, in this case, they're pretty much bang on. It was -25C all day, and has dropped to -30 now. With the wind chill, it's about -40.
Aieee.... that's the kind of cold that cuts right through even a down jacket. We often get short stretches of this kind of weather here in the mountains, but this cold for this long as early as November? Hooo boy. I sure hope this isn't indicative of what's coming for the rest of the winter!
Rivrdog was complaining in a recent post's comments about us Canucks sending our Arctic air down to him a couple months too early. I totally hear ya bro', but it's not like we're gettin' off scot free up here either!
Fortunately, we've had some light snow each of the last couple of days, so it's absolutely beautiful. Walking back to the truck after the concert tonight the fresh snow was squeaking underfoot as our breaths wreathed our scarf-snuggled faces. While part of me thinks it may be starting a bit too early, I do love winter. It sure makes the Christmas decorations seem less ridiculous when it actually looks and feels like winter.
The concert was absolutely extraordinary - Xavier Rudd, a surf/roots artist who literally has to be seen to be believed. The couple of Edmontonians who occasionally drop by here might want to seriously consider catching him at the Winspear Centre on the 28th. He's already sold out his Calgary performance, and we sold out tonight's here, plus most of the house for his second show here tomorrow night.
I'll write up a review, but it'll have to wait until Tuesday as tomorrow night my trombone and I have been invited to sit in with my girlfriend's jazz band for a gig in Calgary.
I haven't played big band jazz in several years, but I just love the stuff, and these guys are playing charts that are doable if I work at them We have 2 really talented band leaders, which helps a lot. We'll be playing a short set (6 tunes) and there'll be 2 or 3 other bands there as well, at a club. Apparently the venue is expecting a full house, so it should be a real blast. Very much looking forward to it.
We've got a really beautiful arrangement of Danny Boy (trombone solo... yeah! Well six bars worth anyway), plus Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay, S'Wonderful (Gershwin), and even a really heavy-duty version of Frankenstein (Edgar Winter) How's that for variety?!
I better get my little hiney to bed... gonna need to do 45 minutes or so of practising in the morning before I head to work.