I grew up in Wisconsin, and have hated winter for most my life. As a kid it was okay, but since being a teen I was sure that I'd move out to a part of the country that had mild winters. Recent years though, I've come to realize I don't want to move away from friends, and I actually like parts of the city and am starting to see myself growing old here. I just really really hate winter. Can I come to terms with my hate of winter and my new found love of the area? [more inside]
I am convinced - or I've convinced myself - that there was an xkcd diagram that showed winter as unbearably cold and long, summer as unbearably hot and long, and a very short burst of spring and autumn where temperatures were just right. Does this actually exist, or is it some other cartoon, or have I imagined something as real?
Help me find the warmest full length winter coat in the world. [more inside]
Where in Toronto can I find (1) an extra large size toque with ear coverage (like the Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon) or (2) size 15 waterproof warm winter boots (like the Sorel 1964 PAC T)? I've already visited or called several places (MEC, Get Outside, Patagonia) to no result. [more inside]
For a Texas boy, I got pretty good at dressing for the weather in London and Seattle. But now I've moved to Toronto, where I've found my clothes inadequate for the cold of the previous couple of weeks. I was also possessed to plan on a visit to Ottawa's Winterlude in a few weeks where I have been warned I might just freeze to death. What new clothes do I need and where do I get them? [more inside]
Point me to your favorite winter socks. Because it's cold here. Really, really cold, and every single pair of socks I own has holes. All of them. [more inside]
I like running in the cold, but it’s majorly screwing up my skin and drying out my already dry skin much more than usual. Please help me! [more inside]
I love to walk to and from work, all year long, and this requires a warm coat. My current coat doesn't keep me as reliably toasty as I'd like. I want something as warm as a Canada Goose coat, but I don't want that brand - i want something that every second person (in toronto) isn't already wearing, and that is (if possible) slightly more urban/stylish/flattering, and less sporty/functional looking. In particular, i really don't want a big logo/badge on it, as all Canada Goose coats do. I absolutely want a down-filled coat, though. (I've never seen a wool coat that is anywhere near as warm as down.) Bonus points for something available at a retail store in Toronto (or possibly NYC, which i visit occasionally), and that costs $700 or less.
So, it's been around -30c (-22f) daytime with windchill of -40c (-40f) and my shih tzu is protesting. This is his first winter in these temps. He is puppy pad trained, but will not use the pads during the day. For five days he has been relieving himself only at night (on training pad), and I am worried he will do damage to his health. [more inside]
Can I raise my internal temperature/reduce my sensitivity to cold? I've always lived in cold regions (midwest, new england) but I've equally always been the one whining when it's 50 degrees out. Literally, it is 50 right now and I just got out of bed and put a big fluffy bathrobe over my long pjs and was still cold. I know all the obvs things to do to get warmer in the moment (bath, hot coffee, layers, long underwear, etc) but is there any way I can stop being so sensitive to it in the first place?
Severely painful nipples in the cold! I’m as rugged-up as I’m going to get. What can I do? [more inside]
At what temperature do people set their thermostats if they live in Arctic climates, such as Barrow, Alaska? My mother wants to know. [more inside]
Why is my sump pump still running this winter and how can I correct it? [more inside]
Practically and stylishly dressed men of Metafilter (and those who shop for them): how do you stay warm outside and cool inside in winter? [more inside]
Snowbird can't fly south this year, help me make it through a Canadian winter, my first. Tell me all you think I need to know about keeping warm and sane. [more inside]
The air is usually very dry in the winter. Why are my car windows always frosted over without exception? [more inside]
Cold weather cyclists: how do you keep your feet warm riding in ~40F weather for 20 or 30 miles? [more inside]
How do I entertain two Texan friends over a long weekend in cold, dreary Seattle (and vicinity)? [more inside]
Buying Boots and a parka in Northern Alberta (Canada.) Where to look? The post title says it all. I'm buying boots and a parka in Northern Alberta (Canada.) I'm only a couple hours north of Edmonton and can go there if necessary, but ordering online is also something I'd consider. I plan to be spending a decent amount of time outside and want to get gear that will keep me warm, and last for years to come. What are the quality names? Where is a good place to look?
How can I keep myself warm when I am in bed? [more inside]
I'm going to be starting a little sabbatical from work around Thanksgiving time, and we want to take a vacation trip to kick it off. It'll be approaching winter, and I've always been fascinated by the idea of cold northern oceanfront places with fantastic storms and windswept beaches. Something like the setting of The Ghost Writer, beautiful and austere landscape, cozy house right on the water. Can anyone recommend a town or place to look, maybe pacific northwest or new england? My experience with VRBO-style rentals in California has been good, and dog-friendly would be a big plus.
Minimalist footwear for Chicago winter and running in said winter? [more inside]
need help winterizing house! the house is not horribly inslated, but it has a lot of windows and very very high ceilings. my aim is to insulate the windows as much as possible, and whatever else. what I'm looking for is materials, brand names, and methods. [more inside]
Please help me keep warm at home! [more inside]
Have you ever moved from a warm, mild climate like Los Angeles, to one that experiences four seasons - and did you do so in the dead of winter? What was it like? What do you wish you had known beforehand? In other words, what am I, a native Angeleno currently taking for granted? [more inside]
My car's getting older, and I have recently moved to a new place with no garage. I'm worried about it starting in cold weather. More details inside! [more inside]
Thermostat seems to work fine. Except at night. When it gets cold. [more inside]
I want something to put at the foot of my bed to keep feet warm - a throw would work, but something more designed for the purpose perhaps- like a giant "sock" that slips over the end of the comforter that you slip your feet into or something like that. down or equivalent preferable, but post whatever you have!
Please recommend good winter clothing for 1-year-olds, especially super warm coats. We're talking months and months of ice and snow here. [more inside]
I need product recommendations for winter running. Hats, gloves, socks, tights, etc. [more inside]
lI have a through-the-wal air conditioning unit. How do I stop the cold air outside from coming in through the cracks? [more inside]
Anybody have a good suggestion for a nice night cap (the kind you wear, not the kind you drink)? Or another product to mitigate the effect of winter chill on the exposed head area?
Our apartment is cold, we want to have sex. How do we make this work? [more inside]
I'm about to go off to college- in Massachusetts, when I've lived in Texas my entire life. Ideally, I'd like not to freeze all winter, so I'm looking for your clothing/lifestyle advice geared to someone without a clue. Additionally, the only members of my family who've lived anywhere cold are male, while I've fairly recently embraced my dressing-like-a-girl options. Any advice about how women in Our Frozen Territories stay warm without giving up on looking nice is especially appreciated. [more inside]
Two of my favorite books for summer are "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg; I'd like suggestions for other (preferably hefty) novels with complex/absorbing story lines and wintry settings or themes to help me stay sane 'til September. Got an ice book to recommend?
In the mornings, there’s no hot water in my apartment – same thing happened lest year and the year before. Management doesn’t react. Help! [more inside]
Help an Australian survive the North American winter. [more inside]
Where can I go on holiday in March/April - if I want to go somewhere cold? [more inside]
How do I ensure that I stay healthy while spending time outdoors during the winter? [more inside]
It's getting colder and darker by the day. Give me your strategies for coping with winter! [more inside]
Cheap winter clothes online/MSP area? [more inside]
I'm moving to Latvia from Los Angeles/Orange County in a few weeks and I need recommendations for nice, professional, but not insanely expensive winter clothing. Size and style parameters inside. [more inside]
An elementary question: I've got a cold. What remed(ies) should I take to feel better? [more inside]
When ever I go outside during the winter, my hands hurt (a lot). I have warm winter gloves, but I don't like them. I have issues with any clothing items that are bulky so that rules out ski gloves. [more inside]
Long johns: Are you supposed to wear them accompanying underwear, or as underwear?
I hate winter. How can I make the next four months better than they would be otherwise? [more inside]
How do I stay warm, safe and healthy while running during the winter in New England? [more inside]
If I go outside in very cold temperatures, then enter a warm environment, the skin on my buttocks and ankles often becomes intolerably itchy. My sister has a similar problem with the skin on her thighs. What might this be? [more inside]
For people living in areas where it snows each year: How many types of jackets do you use in a year? As in windcheaters, fall, light winter, heavy snow, etc. If you have more than one jacket that falls in the same class only list the most practical one, and please also give a brief description of each.