Last week someone was marvelling at how nice the weather was and I spoiled it by saying, “It’s not quite winter yet”. Well, as of 10:28 am CST winter arrives. This is the shortest day of the year where we can expect maybe 8 hours of daylight. The good news is that starting tomorrow the days get longer but we won’t notice for a couple of weeks.
We’ll gain about a minute of daylight per day until January 7, after which we’ll gain 2 minutes per day. The forecast for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day calls for daytime highs below minus 20. That’s pretty cool but hey, this is Saskatchewan and as we tell outsiders, “It’s a dry cold”. And you know what they say, when the temperature dips below freezing, Torontonians shiver uncontrollably. In Saskatchewan we drive with our windows down. At minus 10, Torontonians wear coats, gloves and hats. In Saskatchewan we throw on a bunnyhug. At minus 20, Torontonians stay indoors. In Saskatchewan we throw on a light jacket. At minus 40 we start saying, “Cold enuff for ya, eh”? And at minus 80 hell freezes over and the Leafs win the Stanley Cup.