A collage of Instagram posts by Yellowknife residents on February 2, 2019
Yellowknifers besieged Instagram with screenshots of weather apps as the city plunged into temperatures below -40C on Saturday.
By 9am, the temperature had dropped to -42.6C at Yellowknife Airport – the coldest recorded in the city since New Year’s Day 2014, when the low was -43.1C.
Wind chill dipped into the -50s as the region was placed under a weekend-long extreme cold warning by Environment Canada.
“A prolonged period of very cold wind chills continues,” Environment Canada declared in a warning posted early on Saturday morning.
“The cold wind chill is expected to persist into early next week, especially during the overnight hours.”
Only Łutselkʼe, at -43C, and Fort Reliance at -44.6C, were colder in the NWT at 9am on Saturday.
In a week where temperatures from -20C to -35C have made headlines as North America felt the grip of a polar vortex, Yellowknifers reacted with a mix of resentment and pride as the local weather gods demonstrated their power.
Instagram for many residents was awash with screenshots showing temperatures of -40C or worse, while many were learning important social media lessons – such as, hashtagging a temperature that begins with a minus sign won’t work.