Monday, December 13, 2010

25 below in Toronto

It’s noon here in Toronto, and 25 degrees below zero, Celsius, with the wind-chill.

That’s 13 below, Fahrenheit.

Just how cold is that?

Cold enough that I could go sit in my kitchen freezer to warm up.

The sliding doors of our van remained frozen shut even after the car’s heater had been on full-blast for 20 minutes this morning.

My car was completely warm and de-iced before minyan this morning, but when I left minyan I needed ten minutes of full-blast heat before the windshield was clear.

I left my daily bottle of chocolate Boost Plus on my windshield before minyan, and came out to find a bottle of chocolate ice cream. [That was intended, though.]

And winter hasn’t even arrived yet.

Of course, it could be worse; we could be in Chicago, which I understand has been frozen and snowed in.

Looking on the bright side, here are some good points about the cold:
1. It’s too cold to snow. [No, that’s not really true.]
2. The cold keeps people in beis medrash longer. [That’s true.]
3. It encourages Torontonians to think more seriously about aliyah. [I hope that’s true.]
4. And… Umm….

That’s about it for the advantages of the cold.

Stay warm, folks.


  1. it is 11 above zero F in Chicago. Don't know what you're talking about.

  2. According to you have a wind chill of 0 Fahrenheit. That's not frozen?

  3. Here in Rechovot the temperature has never gone below zero in the last 15 years at least; (since we've been living here). For North American Jews who don't like cold winters I've got a great idea. There is this little country on the Mediterranean with mild winters, great scenery and a stable economy among other more religious and cultural attractions. Highly recommended for Rebbitzins and their husbands, Rashei Kollelim etc

  4. That sort of cold leads to babies.
    although in my case it would lead to a plane, car or train to get out of there.

  5. That is indeed pretty cold.

    I remember when I was offered a job in Winnipeg. They flew me up from Texas during the summer. They showed me some of the homes within about 1/2 mile of the school and shul. I pointed out that I was certainly okay walking a mile or more. "Oh no! If you stay outside around here more than ten minutes on some winter days, you could die!"

  6. Tip for the future - when EVERY single motor vehicle you see has an electric plug hanging out by the radiator, it gets REALLY cold there in winter. There's a reason that every car I saw in Winnipeg had a block heater installed.

  7. When I was in Toronto, our first Chanuka I set up my oil Chanukia outside our front door in the morning (we had a glass vestibule).

    Came home from work to find a oil-popsicle outside my door, I fogot that oil might just freeze in -25.

    I guess that's why Jews should come home, never had a problem with my chanukia freezing here in Midi'in :)