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Old 02-25-2019, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Yeah I agree with all of that. Nowhere did I suggest that you should take the cold lightly.

Regardless, people (particularly those who haven't experienced it) have a tendency to exaggerate the potency of subzero temps.
That's always been my experience, as well. I grew up in Northern Wisconsin, and lived almost my entire life there and in Minnesota. -4F is cold, no question about it, but I don't find it unpleasant. If the wind isn't blowing, and the sun is out, I don't even wear a jacket if I'm only going to be out a few minutes. People think there's something wrong with me, but I keep telling them, cold is largely a state of mind. When it's that cold, you're usually under a dome of high pressure, so the humidity and the winds are usually going to be quite low. 20F with a humid air mass is much more unpleasant than -4F with dry air; the dampness just penetrates your clothing and draws the heat right out of your skin.

When you start getting down to -10, -15, or -20F, then you're getting into seriously cold air, even for me. I do a lot of winter hiking, and once it starts to get below -10F, I'm not going to go out as much. At some point it starts to get dangerous; if you injure yourself, you can get into serious trouble rather quickly.

The coldest air I've ever experienced was -44F, and -20s and -30s were not uncommon when I was growing up. There really is a huge difference between that range and the single digits below (at least, in my experience). Even I don't like it when it gets that cold.

 
Old 02-25-2019, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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-20c is very cold, but I can stand it if properly dressed and doing moderate physical activity.


I have already experienced it in the Alps or in Canada. It is manageable, especially if it is sunny, but it's pretty much the limit, below that it starts to be a bit too cold for me to be outside for a longtime.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 06:07 AM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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It would be very cold to me as I only feel cold like that a day a year at most. Felt it this year and a couple years ago with wind. I don't like it much. There are people out there that would be used to a temperature like that however and for them, they wouldn't feel all that cold because they are used to it. Many feel temps MUCH colder on a regular basis during winter, so they might actually feel that isn't even cold because the day before might have been -20F. Depends on the person you are talking to.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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I had to wait for the train and bus today at -4.... Yes its very frigigin' cold! Its fine when you're at home and don't have to stand in it for 20 minutes.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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felt -5f in 1994, and it was cold. the lowest since then was 2f in 2014. 2014 will live for a while as one of the coldest in a long time. hope with warming arctic it doesn't return for decades.





You won't have to worry about bundling up for a few weeks but have fun pumping seawater out your basement.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 10:21 AM
 
Location: IN
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Without much wind, -20C is mild with some solar insolation, I've been out in the woods for over 8-10 hours at a time hiking. I did walk back to the car for water and snacks occasionally. Just have many layers and stay hydrated.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Edmonton, Canada
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I love how all the cold lovers say -20C is fine... immediately followed by a lengthy explanation of the list of things needed just to stay alive in such temperatures.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Sheffield, England
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I have never experienced -20C myself, and nor do I want to. The lowest I experienced was -9C in November/December 2010, and walking just down the road with my coat and hat was painful enough.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Bidford-on-Avon, England
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Without much wind, -20C is mild with some solar insolation, I've been out in the woods for over 8-10 hours at a time hiking. I did walk back to the car for water and snacks occasionally. Just have many layers and stay hydrated.
-20 isnt mild. 11 is mild.
 
Old 02-25-2019, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Bidford-on-Avon, England
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I love how all the cold lovers say -20C is fine... immediately followed by a lengthy explanation of the list of things needed just to stay alive in such temperatures.
I am a cold lover, more specifically a heat hater and I think -20 is bitterly cold
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