Kenzie Love , For the Calgary Herald If you don t like the weather, wait five minutes and it llchange. It s a claim made by dozens of cities, but in Calgary,it s actually true. Okay, maybe it s a slight exaggeration. But few would dispute theweather here can indeed change rapidly.
On Jan.11, 1983, thetemperature rose 30 degrees, from 17C to 13C, in just a fewhours, thanks to a Chinook. And on more than a few occasions inApril, a spring blizzard has dumped more snow on the city in asingle day than is typical for the entire month. But while such abrupt incidents do happen, Environment Canadameteorologist David Phillips says they mask the broader statisticalpicture, which reveals a city that s neither overly hot norextremely cold. Compared to some other Canadian cities, you mightsay Calgary actually has a climate fit for Goldilocks onethat s just right.
But isn t this the same city that was reported to be thesecond-coldest place on Earth one day in November, 2010? That mayhave been true for a brief period, Phillips allows, but hemaintains Calgary s far from being the coldest city in Canada, letalone the world (a distinction that more properly belongs toYakutsk, Siberia). When I think of Calgary, I don t think of cold, he says. Imean, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Estevan, Red Deer, are colderthan Calgary. It can still get cool in Calgary, of course, but there s a brightside literally. Rubber Duck Antenna
Even when it s -30C out, the sun can still beshining. In fact, Environment Canada statistics show Calgary hasthe most sunny days of any of the country s 100 largest cities. There are not many bragging points, whether it be the wettest,the driest, the coldest, the warmest, says Phillips. But theone thing that Calgary does have that s probably worth braggingabout is with regards to its sunshine. And sunshine can be veryuplifting psychologically. RF Cable Assembly
That might seem like cold comfort on those days when it s asfrigid as Yakutsk. Unlike Siberia, though or Winnipeg, Edmonton, or Saskatoon Calgary cold snaps seldom last long before they re interrupted byone of the aforementioned Chinooks. On encountering one of these warm, dry winds that blows down theeastern slopes of the Rockies and over the Prairies, Scottishexplorer Alexander Mackenzie described it as a perfecthurricane. While a Chinook in winter is often welcome, it has it challenges,too, particularly the dry skin that c omes with dry weather. Fortunately, most of the negative aspects of Calgary s weather arefairly easily remedied. Two Way Radio Antenna
If preserving a youthful appearance isimportant, buy a humidifier or invest in a good moisturizer. Ifit s cold outside, bundle up. If it s too bright, put on somesunglasses. And remember: if you don t like the weather, just wait fiveminutes.