Chris O'Sullivan writing for Huffington Post UK says its real: "The Blue Monday myth - like all good legends - has some elements of truth. We know that some people living with mental health problems find the winter months harder." For one thing the coldest days of the year occur in deep mid-winter.
The best Nova Scotian cartoonist. "Winter is leaving, for some of us, climatologist says. Average temperatures in parts of country begin 'relentless rise' to summer" - The Canadian Press, Jan 13, 2017: "I always think that should be a national holiday for people who are not big fans of winter," said Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada. The dead of winter is the point where there "is more winter behind us than ahead of us."
That point is calculated by noting the average temperature for every day of the year. On the day that average hits its lowest, we've hit the "bottom of the well."
Here's when the dead of winter arrives in some cities across Canada: Victoria: Jan. 3; Calgary: Jan. 12; Ottawa: Jan. 19;
Montreal: Jan. 21; Toronto: Jan. 23; Halifax: Feb. 2;
St. John's: Feb. 8; Iqaluit: Feb. 11. February 2 is Groundhog Day. The good news is that winter starts later in Atlantic Canada than is some other jurisdictions. Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada says that
Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces have been slightly warmer than average, but with more precipitation in the form of rain and snow." Know what Mahone Bay had a surfeit of rain requiring no shovelling. And the point is?
Rather, it was as the "Foreign Protestant's" might say, Dak's Day. Having a partially German heritage and being brilliant Trump will know that that implies? The Scots also recognize it as the day when the cailleach bheurr throws her staff under the mistle toe, or not. None of these grundhogges like seeing their shadow. Reminds them of that old saw, "To everything there is a season!" In Lunenburg County the coldest day actually comes earlier that at Halifax, January 31. That's a Tuesday in 2017 just short of Groundhog Day.
Tuesday recalls Tu or Tyr, the Old Norse god of war, which seems appropriate. The event known as "Coldest Day of the Year" is an annual benefit that happens at the Fo'c'sle Village Pub in Chester, Nova Scotia.
This is a moveable feast. This year it is slated for February 11. To bad Donald doesn't do beer.