It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Wait…No it’s Not!

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?

Warning! You are not dressed warm enough for the Arctic!

Caution! High winds may sweep you off your feet!


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!

Sled dogs waiting for their meal

Looking out towards Frobisher Bay

Hills in the distance

A beautiful afternoon sunset...

8 thoughts on “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Wait…No it’s Not!

  1. Love the photos of you guys! Interesting to see the bilingual stop signs!

    It’s been freakishly warm here too (high today is 6 C.!)…I just went out this morning and pulled up more carrots and rutabagas from the garden…ground is nowhere near frozen yet, and the snow we had last weekend has all gone. There’s supposed to be a big storm coming our way tomorrow with lots of wind (we’ll probably get a little bit of snow too!).

    Watch out for that ice…it’s hell on knees!


    • Yeah, we’re a little bit goofy when we pose for pictures. 😉

      Mmmm…carrots and rutabagas…there’s a greenhouse up here that runs for the summer. I’m looking forward to getting involved with it so we can grow some of our own veggies. It’ll be amazing to have some fresh tomatoes or lettuce!

  2. I can vouch first hand for the weather on the prairies. It’s been cold here most days around -15 or so but the snow has been unrelenting.

    Already we have more snow in Winnipeg than what we got all last winter. Not looking good for springtime, flooding is a real concern here. Building a settlement on a flood plain is maybe not the best idea in the world.

    Just hoping for a slow melt in the spring.

    Glad to see that you and Ian are adjusting well to your surroundings, enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!

    • Amazing! I sure hope that snow slows down for you guys so that the risk of flooding is lessened. Though unfortunately it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen. To be honest, the whole northern hemisphere seems to be getting a lot of snow this winter. Where is all the moisture coming from???

  3. The pictures are fantastic! I would just consider it lucky that you’ll be able ease into the weather. We went from triple digits to freeze warnings in nothing flat. It was horrible.

    • Yeah, we were concerned that might happen to us, but we’ve been very fortunate so far. Tonight’s forecast is for snow…-8 C…-18 C with the windchill. Looks like we might be in the beginning stages of a winter blast.

    • Those are my YakTrax. They’re basically metal coils around hard rubber criss crosses. I don’t know how they work, but they do. If you walk on an icy surface, you have far less of a chance of slipping. Having said that, they do not help when half a foot of snow is lying on top of said icy surface. Nothing can help but balance, if that’s the case…

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