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  # 2333675 10-Oct-2019 09:21
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Wellington, that's it.




 The place I love





Wellington has atmosphere. It just comes at you at 120km/h!

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  # 2334990 10-Oct-2019 13:09
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I remember cooking eggs on cars in Iran, and being instructed to take our baby in his pram to the park in Moscow "for fresh air" each day when it was well below -20º C. But for extremes, sleeping in the Sahara in Libya, and also in Xinjiang in western china. Funnily the most uncomfortable I remember is the humidity; in Sulawesi, or being under mosquito nets in Papua New Guinea (at night with malaria). Also forgetting to dry my hair out of the shower in Beijing in winter & on stepping outside patting my head to discover it had all frozen over. I think it regularly went above 50º in other places I've lived like Pakistan or Saudi Arabia but like all things its how prepared you are that counts. NZ is a pretty good part of the world to live (though I'd prefer it a little warmer).


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  # 2335031 10-Oct-2019 14:02
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It snowed in Auckland.


I'll be happy if it snows in Taupo when I'm there, but it hasn't done that in yonks. 

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  # 2335133 10-Oct-2019 17:07
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Not the coldest I've experienced, but an extreme weather experience - In 1992 my girlfriend got a job in Fairview, AB, Canada.


I quit working in central Qld (where it was in the 40's) in November, flew over and joined her in Canada with winter coming on, and it getting.. cold..
A guy I was purchasing a sled from asked If I'd volunteer to help at an upcoming race.. the "Numb Bum 24 Hour Motorcycles on Ice Marathon"


Race day it was in the low -30's.. cold enough for this heat acclimatized kiwi.
They'd cleared a track in the snow on a frozen lake, the idea was for a team to survive riding around it for 24 hours - and win by beating the other surviving teams.
It was quite the event, people came from all over, including a few famous folks (Evil Knievel was a track marshal)


I was in a 'rescue crew' & had been donated a (liquid cooled) quad bike to ride & some excellent cold weather gear. We had a large propane heated team tent to warm up in.
The quad was cold-proofed by taping cardboard over the radiator, but after dark as it dropped to near -50C, it's radiator still froze, and it - counter intuitively - overheated, meaning it wasn't much use as a rescue machine.


The track at night was completely shrouded in exhaust ice fog - a crazy medley of howling engines and shaking headlights illuminating rooster-tails of ice. And it was awesomely cold.
To change team members a bike'd pull into the pits - the previous rider would basically fall off in a frozen lump, and a new one - bundled up in Arctic gear - take his place and ride off into the darkness. Those guys were tough..


 I've still got the official 'Super-cool Super-fool' T shirt somewhere.

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  # 2336320 13-Oct-2019 14:46
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psychrn: Would you believe my hottest was in NZ. Yes 42 C during a heatwave in Chch early 70, s I think. School sent everyone home.


If that happened now you can be sure that the media would claim that the world is ending.


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  # 2336323 13-Oct-2019 15:11
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Gone are the days of picking up slabs of ice that formed on the tops of the previous nights puddles as one walks to school. I don’t think kids today even wear gloves like we had to.

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  # 2336325 13-Oct-2019 15:49
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MadEngineer: Gone are the days of picking up slabs of ice that formed on the tops of the previous nights puddles as one walks to school. I don’t think kids today even wear gloves like we had to.


The ice has got a bit thin in Lower Hutt but it's still turns up each year on the valley floor.


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  # 2336464 13-Oct-2019 21:51
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I once went from -13 to +43 in less than 36 hours. On a ski trip in Austria, a quick stop home in Dublin before getting on a flight to Brisbane for work in January. Two weeks in Brisbane where the maximums never got below 36 and the overnight minimums were still >28 nearly killed me.

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  # 2336499 14-Oct-2019 07:32
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38 in Melbourne like a furnace

-16 in a snowstorm with 100k winds (blown like a sailboat with zero visibility) on a skifield in South Island (back in the day where they don't shut the ski field - nowadays it would have been shut)

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  # 2336641 14-Oct-2019 10:57
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Sometimes in Auckland my windscreen has frost on it in the morning. And then I have to clear it off. 

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