If you spent your entire life close to the Canadian border where extreme negative temperatures are "normal", then these temperatures would have been built into your mind and your way of life. Picture a place where 26 is relatively rare for a daily low, and one day you get thrown into two weeks of below freezing day time high temps. There is no such thing as snow plows here..... we don't need them. It snows every 20 years around here. Some homes around here probably have R-15 insulation.............. before the fuel price increases of the past 30 years, heating was easy. Not just the temperatures alone, but the preparedness by road crews, the energy availability, the homes insulation and last but not least .............. what if the normal daytime high in the summer around your place was 76 degrees, then for a once in a lifetime week, the day time temp went 35 degrees higher? .........same thing, you aren't prepared for 111 degrees are you? (neither am I) I hate 28 and I hate 78. ................. so nice to live in the land of no extremes.