The wind has been howling non stop for the last three weeks going from 40 km/h gusting to 80 km/h. Yesterday, it finally calmed down to less than 20 km/h but it did not last very long as the wind was back to 40 km/h today. When I moved to the arctic, I was told that Cambridge Bay was the windiest community in Nunavut but I think Baker Lake takes the prize for being the windiest community! In general, I think the Kivalliq region is windier compared to the other two regions and we also seem to get the most (and longest) blizzards! I mean, for January the average wind speed for Baker Lake was 60 km/h while it was 35 km/h for Cambridge Bay. Really, that makes going outside interesting and we have to make sure that we wear lots of layers and nice warm clothing. Or at least, I have to make sure to wear warm clothing. The dogs do not like to wear anything, not even booties. When we moved to Cambridge Bay, we bought Loka some very expensive winter booties from a very fancy dog store and she protested everytime we put tried to put them on her – itook 10 minutes to put the booties on and about 5 seconds for her to kick them off!
The dogs and I decided to brave it out there today and here are some photos from our windy walk. It was a good walk but we all were happy to come back home! ~Sophia