Annually, National Come in From the Cold Day is observed on January 22. The phrase “come in from the cold” means to warm up by entering a warm environment, such as a home with a fireplace or a warm beverage. While there are many enjoyable and exciting winter activities, such as snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, and snowman building, one of the most satisfying must be coming inside and getting warm after all that activity. We understand why this holiday was created! It encourages us to pause, come in from the cold, sip a hot beverage, and unwind in front of a fireplace or heater.
COME IN FROM THE COLD DAY’S HISTORY
It is unknown where this day originated. Who created the day and why the 22nd of January was chosen is an intriguing mystery. We are aware that many people dislike winter because their jobs frequently require them to be outside in the cold. Therefore, despite the fact that winter may be filled with exciting snow-based outdoor activities, many people would rather stay indoors.
With the current climate changes, there have been an increasing number of days with temperatures below average. Recent years have seen some of our coldest days and the most snowfall on record.
Recent cold records in western Canada and above-average snowfall in northeastern Europe have been broken.
In northern California and Nevada, above-average snow depth was recorded. As our weather patterns change, these cold snaps may become more frequent and intense. Various regions, from China to Texas, have been severely affected by blizzard conditions, inadequate heating, and failing energy systems. These cold snaps are also occurring in regions that typically do not experience such extreme weather.
These cold-weather occurrences are a result of the changing Arctic climate, which has steadily warmed over the past decade. Scientists believe the jet stream is being weakened by Arctic sea ice melting. This allows the frigid polar air to penetrate further south than usual, bringing colder weather with it.
Five FACTS ON COLD WEATHER
- According to reports, the largest snowflake measured almost 15 inches in width.
- The Arctic Circle can be shrouded in darkness for weeks at a time, and the local reindeer have adapted by developing the ability to see in the dark.
- The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 and featured fourteen events in six sports, including skiing and bobsledding.
- Snow is completely colourless and can take on the hue of dust or even algae, giving it the appearance of being orange, green, or even red!
- According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the snowwoman built by the residents of Bethel, Maine measured over 122 feet.
COME IN FROM THE COLD DAY DATES