It’s December 5th today. I now live near the Arctic Circle. Much of southern Ontario has experienced its typical lake effect snow dumpings over the past week. Buffalo, NY had traffic at a standstill on the I-90 for 12-24 hours the other day. The prairie provinces have been experiencing temperatures around -25° C for what must be about a month now. Europe is losing its mind due to snow and cold temperatures.
So why is it that when Ian and I go for a walk on the weekend in early December in Iqaluit, that we are able to wear this?
We at least partially expected that at this point, we’d be considering pulling out some extra layers, if not already the parkas.
But yet, here we are…still wandering around town with our southern Canada winter wear. Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m okay with this. I would much rather ease myself into the weather that’s on its way for January through March. It’s just very unexpected. And from what the locals have been telling us, this is not normal – at all. There has been so much melting of snow and ice during the day, and refreezing of the meltwater during the night, that Iqaluit has been covered in a rather dangerous layer of slippery ice since we arrived here two weeks ago. There has been a lot of laughter as Ian and I make our way through town, trying desperately not to fall flat every single night.
The word is that we are expecting temperatures to drop significantly in the next week. We’ll likely see some more snow to cover the frozen layers, and once the temperatures are cold enough for long enough, sea ice should finally begin to form in Frobisher Bay. Until then, we really don’t know what to expect in our new home. But we’re prepared for it at least. Perhaps the weather is holding out long enough for us to try to move into a temporary home!
Here’s some more pictures from our walk this weekend!