The Ten-Degree Yo-Yo

Toronto weather used to be predictable. Summer saunas; winter freezers. Then things started morphing. Some claimed it was climate change, others countered that it was a natural cycle. Whatever the reason — though I think we’re all agreed that the climate change theorists have it right — things sure are weird around here now.

At first it was mostly summers with the 10-degree yo-yo. The temperature rises and rises until you’re roasting and sweating, then just as you’re getting acclimatized, it suddenly drops by 10 degrees and you find yourself looking for that cardiagan you put away. It stays in the 20-degree range for long enough to not be used to the heat anymore, then in 48 hours or less, it’s flirting with 40 degree temps, and you’re madly shedding the layers, wondering how bare is bare.

Now winter has gotten into the act. The 10-degree yo-yo has settled in to the colder months comfortably, with the filip of the fall months reversing their acts. And so instead of slowly adjusting to cold weather, we’re shocked into it in October, then given a reprieve as we head into November until suddenly we’re facing record highs and the horrifying prospect of going from 16 to 5 or 0 in one day, depending on which forecaster you believe. One day! That’s the 10-degree yo-yo on hyperdrive. Meanwhile our poor bodies are still stuck on the early fall temperature setting.

You’ll find me glued to my rads come Friday, layered in sweaters and scarves.

4 Comments so far

  1. Stephen (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    Last year in November I remember these huge snow storms in Buffalo and still some major snow here.. yet Nov 29th and..well nothing yet.

    The small factors sway with every year but yup I would agree that things seem out of whack.

    I am going away for a couple months in the winter so hopefully when the “Day after Tomorrow” freeze starts I will avoid it. heh-heh

  2. talk talk talk (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Lucky you!! :D I wouldn’t mind the freeze up so much if it just STAYED cold so I could get used to it. And throw in a little snow to make the city look nice.

  3. Stephen (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    I’ve never minded snow, nor driving in it (as long as you aren’t talking rush hour…ugh) – though I would argue that it’s worse on the TTC

  4. talk talk talk (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

    I’m not sure which is worse. The problem with these warm winters we’ve had is we’ve become like Vancouverites and have forgotten all about snow tires.

    I was on an old subway car the other day and revelled in all the space. Why as we’ve become fatter as a nation, have the seats become narrower? And in the winter with all the coats and bags, it’s even more squishy!

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