latitude Mechelen, Belgium 51°01'
latitude Winnipeg, Canada 49°53'
So I live somewhat more north than you.
Here we have 5°C at night, in the day it will be 10°C. A bit rainy.
A whopping 30°C difference!
Yeah, you Europeans get the warm ocean current smashing on your coasts, while we get it on its way back from Greenland!
I live in Montreal, Canada, 45°30′N. Today, it's -16°C / -10°C.
At the same latitude, there is Venice, Italy, where it's now 8°C / 11°C, or La Rochelle, France, where it's now 4°C / 7°C.
And I used to live in Kiruna, Sweden, 67°51'N (above the arctic circle). Currently, it's -7°C / -5°C over there. That's 1,400 km farther north, and still warmer than here!
I remember posting here about flooding about a month ago. No change. About to get even worse. Winds today uprooted lines of firs and deciduous alike in woods behind the house. Pretty vicious - although not mega-fast - seem to have a lot more "body" to them.
We've had record cumulative snow fall this, I think going back around 60 years. In saying that, I think there's been one maybe two school cancellations. We just got more snow, there was at least 2-3 inches on my sidewalk when I woke up yesterday.
I don't recall ever missing a day of school because of snow and from grades 1-12 I lived in the country. It was 1/4 mile walk to school (not uphill and into the wind both ways though). My dad was superintendant of Public Works and our municipality had a great record for keeping the roads ploughed. And, yes, that probably explains all the beatings I got from the kids at school ;-)
Yeah, but compared to yesterday when we had winds gusting to 64 kph today seems pretty mild. The steps I had carved into the snow to get out of my yard disappeared in the wind so I had to carve them out again today.
"They" say that we're experiencing our coldest winter in 75 years. I'm only 40 but I won't argue. It seems we've had a lot of snowfall this year too which hasn't been the case in the last (at least) 20 years of my remembering.