How cold is it here?
We are currently in the middle of a pretty severe cold snap in Edmonton. Temperatures in city during the last week have hardly climbed above -20°C (-4°F) and have fallen as low as -31°C (-24°F). These temperatures aren’t actually that common. Yes, we do usually have a few cold snaps each winter, but -30°C (-22°F) is still pretty rare. In fact, it’s been a few years since the last time the temperature in Edmonton dropped that low. This may be surprising as even many locals often talk about winter as if it is 6 full months of -40°C (-40°F).
But won’t somebody think of the trees!?
Naturally, one of my first considerations in the cold weather is the fruit trees. How are they doing when the temperature dips this low? As of December 31, it appears that the coldest has passed with temperatures rising on the first day of 2018. We can now look back and see that the lowest temperature in the City of Edmonton during the cold snap was -30.7°C (-24°F), A bit outside the city at the international airport, things got a bit colder at around -35°C (-31°CF).