On average, a windchill (gevoelstemperatuur) of –15 occurs three times per year in the Netherlands. «One can weather that with extra scarfs and a warm hat.» And if people do freak out, there’s still weatherman Gerrit Hiemstra, who will argue for common sense and warm sweaters.
1. January 2010
Only die-hard homeless people still sleep outdoors. «Last year, a homeless person told our mobile team: ‘Get lost, it’s only minus eightteen’. But now most are indoors. At least they’re somewhat sensible. Especially with the wind freshening, the cold feels disagreeable.»
2. December 2010
It’s the coldest December in over fourty years.
According to satirical website De Speld, anti-swearing group Bond tegen het Vloeken objected against describing the cold with swearwords. The Bond tegen het Vloeken takes a different position. According to a spokesperson, it’s rather cold today.
3. February 2012
At 7 February in the morning, the windchill was exceptionally low. At many places, windchill dropped to –25 degrees at dawn.
Carnival fever has reached high levels, but the mercury stays behind. Building clubs [for carnival floats] are stuck with cans of frozen paint and are working at Siberian cold locations.
In Russia, they’re not impressed with the Dutch minus 15. Minus 36, that’s cold.
4. March 2013
In central Netherlands, March 2013 was the coldest since 1962; in England it was even the coldest March since 1883. The cold air was supplied by an exceptionally strong and persistent current from Siberia.
Weatherman Gerrit Hiemstra sees only one solution: ‘Let’s make this a warm sweater weekend’.