As Gilles Vigneault wrote:
Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l'hiver.
Translation: My country is not a country, it is winter.
Weather, and especially how people feel about the weather in the wintertime is the one topic you can be sure that we all talk about. Dr. Toupin has some thoughts on winter that he has been exploring for almost 25 years; he has studied it environmentally and surveyed people’s perceptions:
• The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was –128?C, in Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983.
• Of those Canadians interviewed, 60% find winter the most difficult season because of the cold and snow
• The “winter blues” were first diagnosed in 1984 and have recently been named seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D.
• People with chionophobia are simply said to have a fear of snow
• Newspapers tend to be negative in reporting about winter, and that news influences people in a negative way in their perceptions of winter
• People spend more time outside in the wintertime if they live in rural areas
• Canada is 6th overall in the World at the Winter Olympic games since its beginnings in 1924
• The largest snowflake ever found fell in Fort Keogh, Montana; it was 38 centimetres wide and 20 centimetres thick.
Including maps, graphs and charts, this is a authoritative look at the truth about winter from a Canadian perspective!