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How good are you at dealing with your extremes of weather?

Asked by TheProfoundPorcupine (2549points) January 23rd, 2013

As I sit here in a cold yet sunny Scotland and look at the 75% of the country that is covered in snow it made me think about how I deal with the extremes of our weather.

I like to think that I am quite well prepared for winter with salt for the paths, snow shovel, various clothes for the colder weather and other things that just makes it that bit easier. I do not mind the cold that we get and kind of like the part where you go back into the warm after being in that cold and I actually hate the rain more than the cold.

So how good are you at dealing with your weather? Are you the type that is prepared or are you the type floundering and never sure what has hit you?

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Seek's avatar

I avoid outdoors during summer – which is approximately March through November.

Aethelwine's avatar

I’m always prepared. I’m fascinated with the weather and check the local forecast in the morning and the evening. I can deal with the colder weather, but high heat with humidity makes me miserable. That’s when I spend most of my time in the pool or air conditioning.

Shippy's avatar

They say there is no such thing as bad weather, but bad clothes. Not sure if this is true. If I had my way, I’d wear a swimsuit all summer, to the shops, to town all over the place. If that is the case. I go a bit bonkers in extreme weather, both very humid and very cold.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I hit it head on and I obsess on the Weather Channel, it drives my husband bonkers.
New wipers, check. New tires, check. Safety blanket and water in trunk, check.

The only thing I can’t deal with well is driving in it, I hate it but I do it. I abhore being cold and prefer the moderate spring and fall weather.

marinelife's avatar

We are going through an extreme cold spell here right now with highs in the 20s, I am really suffering when I go outside. I don’t like it quite this cold.

Berserker's avatar

There’s not much I have to prepare for in the Winter, as I’ve never had my own house, and I don’t own a car.
All the shoveling and stuff here gets done by a caretaker. But I’m still always ready for the cold. I like Winter though, big comfy and toasty coats and mitts haha. Although living in Canada, a few years spent here will make harsh Winters all natural, and it’s like your mind and body just goes with it. We get TONS of snow here, and then I hear about some place in England where they get five centimeters and like, everything just stops. So maybe a lot of that readiness comes with how the temperature and the seasons are where you live. I’m sure people in Cuba would totally laugh at me for my weakness of extreme heat.

The only thing that’s annoying is the very first snowfall of the year, and the day or so it takes to acquire what I call ’‘winter footing’’. It seems to me that whatever footwear I have on my feet, Summer shoes or Winter boots, on that first snow day I end slipping all the time, and generally walking all awkward. Then soon I get my winter footing for the rest of the season. But that first day, nothing can prepare me. Unless maybe I get cleats or something. But everything else is fine. Extreme cold, heaps of snow, crazy ass winds, bring it!
And as I said before, I don’t have a car. That, in a way, has hardened me to extreme cold weather, as for pretty much my whole life, I’ve always had to walk everywhere.

DominicX's avatar

I live in coastal California—we have no extremes. It barely gets below 50 in the winter and barely goes above 80 in the summer, and it never snows. That said, I am constantly checking the weather and preparing for it, especially if I am somewhere that receives more harsh weather. Although I wasn’t prepared for it to be 90 degrees in Vancouver the last time I went…

glacial's avatar

With the windchill, it is currently -35C here (that’s -31F), and I think I’m doing pretty well. I am wearing a hat and blanket in my living room, but you know… pretty well.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Summer here gets several days of 100+F temperatures, Winter can have several days when the high doesn’t get over freezing. When I am not working I spend much of my time outdoors. As long as there is not an abrupt change, I dress appropriately, hydrate adequately and don’t really notice the change.

When the change is abrupt it may take a day or two to adjust to the new extremes, but it doesn’t stop me from being outdoors.

YARNLADY's avatar

I stay inside most of the time, so it doesn’t make much difference to me.

theunkindraven's avatar

I’m in New York; I used to be fine with whatever the weather threw at me. We always have all four seasons, and each is pretty stereotypical (winter = snow, early spring = rain, etc). The last two years we have been spared major snowfall, but we did have two major storms hit, and I was without power for weeks. Now wind/snow/heavy rain really give me anxiety, and I wish I could overcome this, because I used to love all weather.

gailcalled's avatar

@marinelife: 20˚ seems toasty. We’re on our way to -5˚.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Well, we’re at -10 F right now. It’s a little nippy. We just deal with it.

Berserker's avatar

Check out Québec going all Viking.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline I’d take that now. it’s -15 F outside right now.

glacial's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Yeah, but you have to factor in the windchill.

blueiiznh's avatar

I love the extremes. I grew up in Minnesota where it is brutally cold in winter and hot and humid in summer.
I have been in Northern New England for quite some time and also love it here.
I am half Scandinavian and half Sicilian so I am even made for the differences. I will walk around in the snow barefoot if I run out to start the car in winter or love a good hot sweaty day to go do something worthwhile outside.

Bring it on!!!!!

Berserker's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Yeah, I think we’re about the same, except over here we have this wind…it isn’t violent or anything, but damn does it make everything colder.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline I know the feeling. I want to climb into your bed with all the pillows.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Now we’re shooting for -20 F here. That literally takes your breath away. Hurry Sunshine.

Berserker's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe That’s another reason I looove Winter. Big soft, cozy bed!

mattbrowne's avatar

I got the proper clothes to go outside even when it’s 0 F or below. I also know what to do when a thunderstorm approaches. I don’t enter a forest when the wind exceeds 60 mph. Etc.

Aethelwine's avatar

Yesterday we had freezing rain. Today we have dense fog. Tomorrow we have a chance for severe thunderstorms and record high temps. Then we have a chance for snow the following day. Welcome to the Midwest! Wearing layers is always encouraged. :)

Seek's avatar

Call me a weenie, but does it seem to anyone else that the 20 degree difference between 55 and 75 is way bigger than the difference between 20 and 0?

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