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Old 03-03-2007, 07:05 AM   #1
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Why I want to live above the Arctic Circle...

(...Or why I can't stand Sydney in summer)

It's 11pm and still pushing close to 30C (85F) outside, not to mention the fact that there is no breeze whatsoever. Gah!
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Old 03-03-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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I live a few hundred kilometres below the Arctic circle.

Right now, it's 10am and still -27 C with wind chill of -38 C (almost -40F).

Still wanna live up here?
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DONT!!!!!!!!

it sucks up there, all lonley and what not!!!
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I've always wanted to go up north, just to visit someday.
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:35 PM   #5
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But there's the northern lights... I'd love to see them.
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But there's the northern lights... I'd love to see them.
Not if there's a blizzard of low clouds obstructing the view!

I doubt Michigan is anywhere near the arctic circle, but we average only TWO days with sun during our winter months. I don't think I have a single friend that does not experience some level of depression and anxiety during the winter because of the conditions. I have enough issue here; living in the arctic circle would in all seriousness make me suicidal.

30/85 is actually my preferred temp, with a bit of humidity to help w/ my thin hair and very dry skin. In June and August it's not uncommon for several weeks of 95-115 degree temps. That's a wee bit over the top, but I won't complain b/c I'd take 115 (even w/ no air conditioning in our home) over -25F any day!
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I can't stand extreme cold. We do get sun in the winter, although not as much as I'd like. But I also can't stand extreme humidity. It's just disgusting, unpleasant and the air is awful. Makes it so hard for me to breathe - only time I've had to use a puffer was while running outside in the summer.
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How can you complain about living in Sydney??!!
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Re: Why I want to live above the Arctic Circle...

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(...Or why I can't stand Sydney in summer)

It's 11pm and still pushing close to 30C (85F) outside, not to mention the fact that there is no breeze whatsoever. Gah!
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Old 03-03-2007, 08:33 PM   #10
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Re: Why I want to live above the Arctic Circle...

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(...Or why I can't stand Sydney in summer)

It's 11pm and still pushing close to 30C (85F) outside, not to mention the fact that there is no breeze whatsoever. Gah!
Do you know what I would give for 30C right now? I was born and raised in South Africa - the climate is roughly the same as the climate in Australia, so I have a fairly good idea about what an Australian summer is like. Honestly, you don't know how good you have it.

I moved to Canada almost six years ago and I still haven't acclimatised to the weather here yet. And I'm not even in the coldest part of Canada! Newfoundland probably has the mildest winter in terms of temperature, once you exclude places like BC/Vancouver out of the picture. Do you know what walking outside in -10C with a windchill factor of -20C is like? Upon exiting your house, your eyes immediately start to stream. You walk out onto the road to reach your bus stop, only to realise that there is black ice on the road. You can't see black ice. So you slip. Then, when you get to the bus stop, you have to expose your hands to the frigid wind to get out your bus pass. Repeat this several times over a month. Your hands become dry, raw and eventually bloody, even with hand cream. Not to mention what happens to your lips! God forbid you forget your handy tube of Chapstick at home.

And that's just day-to-day commuting! Then you have shovelling your driveway to worry about. There is nothing glamorous about it, believe you me. The aforementioned annoyances are amplified ten-fold, because it usually takes between one to two hours to get your driveway shovelled. Then the bloody plough driver goes by and dumps even MORE snow into your driveway. Then you have to get rid of that. And, again, this is all in -20C windchill.

So in short, stop whining, you bloody Aussie. Go to the beach, play a bit of rugby, enjoy it! I'd give anything to be in your shoes at the moment.
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How can you complain about living in Sydney??!!
you guys aren't paying attention!!
last night i had a massive dummy spit on another message board at 10:30pm because it was STILL 32 degrees where i am. it was hot, humid, and so still.

today is hot, too. not as hot as yesterday, but for gods sake it is march! we get maybe 2 weeks of cold weather here. it's ridiculous. you guys who are complaining about the cold - it is precisely the opposite here. we need somewhere inbetween.

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you guys aren't paying attention!!
last night i had a massive dummy spit on another message board at 10:30pm because it was STILL 32 degrees where i am. it was hot, humid, and so still.

today is hot, too. not as hot as yesterday, but for gods sake it is march! we get maybe 2 weeks of cold weather here. it's ridiculous. you guys who are complaining about the cold - it is precisely the opposite here. we need somewhere inbetween.

:heatstroke:
I'll trade you one :heatstroke: for one :frostbite:

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you guys who are complaining about the cold - it is precisely the opposite here. we need somewhere inbetween.
A lot of the US has both extremes. For example, I live in west Michigan and we get snow blizzards from October through the end of April and have as little sun during this time as places like Seattle. However, July and August are generally mid-80s but often get as high as 100s for several weeks. The past two summers we've had four weeks of temps 95-115. Not cool when no person in college and many many families don't have air conditioning. This past summer, the heat and humidity were so bad that all of the photos and art hanging in my room were damaged and my mattress was ruined with mold. The paint literally peels off the walls at that point. I don't get why it gets so hot "up" here, but I relish every minute of it. In the past year, we've had massive floods, tornadoes on my wedding day, an ice thunderstorm last week, freezing rain the other day, Lake Effect snow blizzards (often dropping several feet in a few hours).

The most humid conditions I've ever experienced (including summer in East Africa) has been camping in the Florida Everglades during the summer. I think you sweat off a pound of water weight every few minutes!

SoCal is the best - not too hot, not too cold, often sunny, no major weather extremes. Too bad I could never afford living there.

But I still prefer the heat over the cold any day!
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Yeah, like Liesje said, we have both extremes. It's hell in the winter and then hell in the summer. We don't really have a spring to speak of, suddenly the snow is gone and it's humid out. Very strange.

Gibson Girl, you forgot about the constant snot pouring out of your nose in winter. That's my favourite part!

I liked northern California as well. San Fran and area are way nicer than LA and SoCal, IMO. Expensive as hell, though. I can write the California Bar with my Canadian degree and I won't lie - I've thought about it!
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I actually prefer the heat to the cold. I loathe winter and already can't wait until the first warm day. Like Lies said, we get so little sun here in the winter, when we have a sunny day between November-March it's a miracle.
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