Deceptively sunny

So the past few days have been fantabulously sunny. What a pity it’s also colder than a witch’s, er, um, you know. I have this realization every winter. Sun=cold. During the summer, you can pretty much count on the sun bringing warmth, but not in the winter. It seems to be common knowledge that when it snows, it’s actually warmer than on sunny days. This seems wildly counter-intuitive, but there it is.

I’m suspicious of the winter sun, and I will not be lulled by its pathetically weak rays. We’ll have to wait for April before the sun returns to its normal heating duties.

(Yes, another climate related post. What do you want, it’s an icebox out there and who wants to do anything but hibernate? I’m hoping for milder temps this weekend so I can finally visit the Fete des Neiges. I have never been because it’s ALWAYS too cold, lol.)

4 Comments so far

  1. RS (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    Someone once told me the amusing story of a Quebecer who was studying at a university in the southern US, who would ALWAYS put on their heaviest coat when they saw it was sunny outside in the winter, only to walk outside and have it be hot instead of cold. These cold and sunny days up here always throw me off the opposite way.


  2. mare (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    Gee, now people are complaining about the sun. What’s next, complaining it gets dark at night? (It doesn’t BTW)

    I prefer sunny and cold winters anytime over damp and grey winters like in Vancouver or the Netherlands.


  3. blork (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    Actually, you have it backwards; it’s not Sun = Cold (or at least not “Sun -> Cold”) it’s Cold -> Sun. In other words, a cold front pushes all the moisture out of the sky (moisture is usually associated with warm fronts). When the moisture is gone, you get those stunningly clear skies, and of course the Sun. But it’s not cold because it’s sunny — it’s sunny because it’s cold.


  4. mare (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

    Also: clear skies cause a loss of temperature when it’s not sunny but moony, during the night.



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