Sir Ranulph Fiennnes - http://www.ranulphfiennes.co.uk - said “There is no bad weather , only inappropriate clothing”
It sounds kind of goofy, but I am beginning to come around to his viewpoint.
The worst weather I ever experienced was at the end of my driveway in Terre Haute Indiana in the winter blizzard to 1978. I Had just bought a new 1978 Scout II in December, never really thinking I would seriously test its off road/snow road abilities. I loved that car, it was an indestructible farm implement.
The blizzard of 1978 began on January 25 and covered the Ohio River Valley. Locally around my home the snow fall was over 30 inches, but drifts reached the roof of the Scout parked in my driveway and the eaves of my roof.
Roads were officially closed, but police couldn’t really patrol due to the snow. I drove about 4 miles to the nearest grocery store for winter supplies and food and was met with 4WD John Deer tractors in the parking lot that morning. I only wish I had thought to take pictures. The check out counters were covered with beer, cigarettes, milk, eggs and bird food. It was 1978 after all, and one needed the necessities of life
In much of central Indiana, snow was drifted too deep to plow, so roads were dug out with bucket loaders over the next few weeks. Much of the snow would remain until mid-March. Thank God for my Scout II.
The worst blizzard in US history
With good clothing I have gone boating in eastern and western Greenland, and at 82°N in the Arctic Sea north of Svalbard and among the icebergs in Alaska. With a Gumby suit I was pretty comfortable and less cold than in my own driveway in the winter blizzard of 1978 which had wind chills of 50-60°F below zero.
Riding motorcycles in rain is an activity which can always be unpleasant if not properly dressed. With an Aerostich Roadcrafter suit and and electric vest I have ridden from New Mexico home to Indiana in 40°F with rain the whole way. Not the best way to spend a day, but not the worst either.
At the other extreme is high temperatures - A friend, Aaron Nelson, hosted a photo workshop in July 2009 at the Toroweap Overlook on the north rim of Grand Canyon. He chose July to try to let us capture clouds in the sky over Grand Canyon, which usually has fair empty blue skies. I knew it would be hot, so I arrived in St George Utah a couple days early to try to adapt a bit to the heat. The typical daytime temps in St George were running 110-115 °F.
To make one appreciate how lovely this is, the Utah Dept of Transportation had road crews out pouring hot asphalt in the mid-day sun with temps approaching 118°F. Nothing to fret about!!
At 10pm in St George, the temps were still above 100°F. - fortunately my motel room was air conditioned, but the tents we were taking to Toroweap were not going to be air conditioned.
I was a bit concerned as the only physician in a group of men, mostly older than 50 years of age. The first suggestion for heat stroke was to remove the person to a cooler air conditioned room, but at Toroweap the nearest air conditioned room was over a 100 miles of rough back road away. But Aaron was ahead of me, and thought to bring a gazebo for shade as there is none at Toroweap. So each morning we would arise before sunrise, shoot sunrise, and then spend the day sitting beneath the gazebo drinking lots of water and pouring water over our selves, until sunset, when we would again wander out to photograph sunset. We all survived without incident. Most humans are pretty tough if they are a bit smart too. When your car got stuck in the sand trap, you quickly learned to don leather gloves before touching it to push it out - otherwise you would burn your hand.
I just spent two weeks chasing wolves and other creatures in Yellowstone National Park, but the snows were modest and the temps pretty warm and pleasant - nothing below zero