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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cold Weather

From our collection of old postcards ...




Parts of North America have experienced a cold and snowy winter but possibly not breaking the record cold in White River, Ontario, Canada. We're not sure about the age of this old postcard but are guessing it's from the 1970s. The back of the card features a description of "Canada's Cold Spot" and mentions the pictured "electrically operated upright thermometer, probably the largest in the world..."

We took a look on Google Maps Streetview and, yes, it looks like the thermometer is still there ... maybe some of our Canadian friends can tell us if this "probably the largest in the world" thermometer still gives "constant accurate readings."


Being in Canada, we assume it's C but, anyway you look at it, Celsius or Fahrenheit, it's cold ...


How about it ... have you experienced any temperatures this winter to rival White River?

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

22 comments:

  1. No, nothing at all, mostly it's been above freezing all winter here in Bellingham. And Istanbul was cold, but nothing like that. I hear Boston is also very cold but not THAT cold. :-)

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  2. That is cold, John :)
    And I like very much, that the thermometer
    is still there. I bet it still works, just wondre
    what it reads now.
    Over her springtime is coming around :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  3. That's a cool (get the pun?) thermometer.

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  4. That's very interesting,because this place is further south than where I live in Manitoba,but no matter,that is just plain cold.Too cold for me.

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  5. Oh my goodness, now that is cold! My father-in-law remembers it getting down to 60 degrees below (Fahrenhei) in North Dakota back in his teen years.

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  6. Oh wow that is mighty cold. Balmy here next to that. : )

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  7. I had to read this post twice, that pretty cold!

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  8. Lovely postcard. No, not that cold, but we had -45 with the wind here in Montreal. :)

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  9. John, the minus 72 would be Fahrenheit as we didn't go to Celsius until the early eighties. Minus 97 c? I don't think so.However, White rRver can be very very cold. I think I drove through it once..

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  10. Hi John, I've never been through White River. I find it hard to believe they have the coldest temperatures in Canada. That distinction probably goes to the most northerly places in Canada where it can be in the minus 20s Celsius even in late April. Brr. But it is a lovely post card.

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  11. Cant even begin to imagine how cold that must be.

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  12. I have low tolerance with cold. Honestly, that temperature could end me. Brrr!

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  13. It would be too cold for me! Neat post card, John! Have a happy Sunday!

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  14. Minus 35 here last week..... Don't think I'll be moving further north anytime son. :)

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  15. Oh wow, that doesn't sound fun! That's one way of making us thankful for the weather we have right now (only -3 F! For them it would have been a heatwave!).

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  16. Brrr - that's cold! I think it must be 72 F , which is minus 20 C. With wind chills that is cold. In some parts of Russia and northern Scandinavia, it goes down to minus 40C!!

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  17. Oh my!!!!! Now that's COLD!!!!

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  18. Cool postcard ... and to think the featured thermometer is still functioning. Awesome! Brrr! I don't think I could handle living in such a place. It's cold enough here in Chicago. Sweet John, I hope you are keeping warm and toasty in Seattle!

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  19. It was -18 last Friday morning here in KY, the coldest recorded FEB temperature in our state's history!

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  20. Hello John,

    Very interesting post card.

    I have not experienced any real cold weather so far in my life. I live in a place which has a moderate climate, neither too hot nor too cold. I don't even have to use any kind of woolen clothes. I have not seen snow in my life.

    Best wishes.

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  21. The absolute cold record of our country is -27.4 degrees measured on January 27, 1942 in Winterswijk. How cold must it be in Canada ...

    In the Netherlands, earlier, did the people straw in their clogs. So you could have warm feet on cold winter days when you was outside.

    Today: spring is in the air!

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