I’ve had a weather station in my yard for the last eight years. This has allowed me to get a more accurate idea of the actual weather conditions before we head outside. Windchill factors in my sheltered yard are considerably different from those reported at the airport or the Forks.
Last month my weather station ceased to transmit data and replacing the batteries didn’t solve the problem. So, I was very excited to find a new weather station at Costco. It has even more features than my old one did. You can read more about it here.
With or without a backyard weather station our recent weather conditions would be described as ‘unseasonably cold’. We have not been spending much time however the temperature has not been the main reason for our limited outdoor time.
With four infants/toddlers I need allow a minimum of one full hour of time to get everyone dressed, outside, and back in. Even then some days that ‘hour’ is really only 10 minutes of actual ‘play’. Between arrival’s, departures, meals and naps there are rarely any time periods long enough to accomplish any more than 30 minutes of outdoor play even when they don’t argue about getting dressed.
Outdoor play is still a very new experience for this group and so far they are not so sure that the fun factor is worth the effort to get dressed. It would have been easier if we had a more gradual decent into cold winter weather. Hopefully we will soon have some milder days when we can acutally enjoy spending some time playing in the wonderful mountains of snow that have accumulated in the yard.
There is another interesting ‘cold’ result. Last month I wrote about how I rearranged the playroom. In the old arrangement the ‘refrigerator’ had been located on an interior wall but it is now located on the exterior wall.
The walls in my 100 year old house don’t have a lot of insulation and when the refrigerator doors are closed that section of the wall doesn’t get much warm air from the room. Consequently, as one of the children recently pointed out, when you first open the refrigerator doors the items inside are actually cold.
I didn’t even plan for that – it’s just one of the benefits of our Manitoba climate 🙂