If you live in Eastern Canada or the North Eastern U.S., you’ve probably noticed that it’s a little chillier than usual outside. In fact, we’re experiencing a deep freeze the likes of which have not been seen in the area since 1993 (and even then, it didn’t last as long as this is expected to). It’s going to get as cold as -50 degrees celsius in parts of Ontario and Erie, Pennsylvania recorded 165 cm of snowfall over the course of a week. This little bout of frozen hell started Christmas Day and is expected to continue past New Year’s. Meteorologists are hesitant to tell us exactly when it will warm up even a little.
Thankfully, people seem to be keeping their wits about them, at least when it comes to Twitter. There’s nothing like sitting in the comfort of your home and commiserating via the internet about how cold it is outside.
#ItsSoCold my feelings hurt.
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) December 28, 2017
— Rachael (@nkotbarmybrat) December 28, 2017
— “Mad Cat” Cattis (@GeneralCattis) December 28, 2017
#ItsSoCold My digital thermometer just displays “OMG”
— Robbie J (@_robbie_j) December 28, 2017
— Bob Marsdale (@BobMarsdale) December 28, 2017
It looks like it’s even too cold for Canadians out there (like that was even possible). Ottawa cancelled it’s last scheduled Canada 150 event of the year: the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Parliament Hill and the hockey tournament that was supposed to take place on the $5.6 million rink they built with our taxes. On Friday, Ottawa un-cancelled the multimedia show, public skating and fireworks but said there still won’t be any live music or DJ events. This development led to the conclusion that there is, in fact, a temperature too cold for Canadians.
— Jackie Vandinther (@JackVanD) December 29, 2017
The New Years Eve party on Parliament Hill has been cancelled due to the cold. Hmmm. This is Canada.
— sfehir 🇨🇦 (@smfehir) December 29, 2017
— Kimberly (@kkbbcan) December 29, 2017
President Donald Trump got in on the weather-bashing too (of course) but his comments confused pretty much everyone. He tweeted on Thursday that this cold weather essentially proves that “global warming” isn’t real and spouted some alternative facts about the Paris Climate Agreement he pulled the U.S. out of in the summer.
In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
Just a refresher: what was originally referred to as “global warming” is now called “climate change” because the planet is not only warming due to human activity and rising carbon in the atmosphere, that phenomenon is also causing extreme weather of all types (including storms like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and record-breaking weather like this cold spell). Additionally, the U.S. wasn’t actually committing money to the Paris Climate Agreement, it was pledging to lower its carbon emissions. People were quick to set the president straight.
1: This isn’t how climate change works.
2: We weren’t paying trillions of dollars. You didn’t understand the Paris Agreement in June and you still don’t.
3: Climate Change is real. It is a serious threat to our children. You need people on your team who can explain this to you. https://t.co/SQG9cMGOGe
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) December 29, 2017
You’re confusing an individual data point with an overall trend. For example, everyone you hung out with today seemed to like you, but historically, you are the most disliked president since polling data began pic.twitter.com/BLo4Hfx7BZ
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) December 29, 2017
Using climate change as an argument against climate change is quite an amazing accomplishment https://t.co/WGGYE9H74a
— Nate (@BarstoolNate) December 29, 2017
A man with literally every piece of information in the world at his fingertips looks at COLDEST NEW YEARS EVE ON RECORD and comes up with “yeah, climate change isn’t real” https://t.co/hHEwXL1YZb
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) December 29, 2017
It’d be funny if this guy wasn’t the most powerful person on the planet. https://t.co/2NW8QmQVyi
— Murtaza Mohammad Hussain (@MazMHussain) December 29, 2017
Happy New Year, everybody. Stay informed and stay warm.