The snow-family my neighbours up the street have been nurturing is still going strong…
It started snowing not long after we returned from the cinema and it’s still coming down. We just shoveled about 5 cm of fluffy and if it keeps up we’ll have that much more by morning. The dogs enjoyed a walk in the snow, although they were getting little snowballs jammed up in their paws and had to make a number of stops to pull them out. I don’t recall getting this much snow at any one time last year.
Plenty more snow overnight….fluffy and beautiful.
I hope where you are you didn’t suffer much storm damage. We had a lot of wind but no damage here at Headquarters. Tuffy says a tree came down last night on a nearby street. Here though, the wind huffed and it puffed and it huffed and it puffed but it couldn’t blow the door down. There was plenty of rain too but in our area of Toronto there was little if any flooding. On my way home from work yesterday, I saw some traffic lights that had partially blown down. It delayed traffic but nobody was hurt.
To those who were not so fortunate, my thoughts are with you. I hope you can get everything cleaned up and fixed up quickly. I know some people in NJ and NY lost pretty much everything.
Nature sure has a way of making you feel small.
- Rhode Island’s Governor Says He Feels Lucky, After Hearing Of Storm Damage in CT, NY. NJ (connecticut.cbslocal.com)
- Obama to travel to New Jersey Wednesday to view storm damage (uk.reuters.com)
- N.J. nuclear plant on alert as state struggles with Sandy’s surge (news.nationalpost.com)
- Pennsylvania puts 1,600 National Guard members on storm standby (triblive.com)
- Brunswick readies storm shelters (newsnet5.com)
- Photos: Storm damage in Toronto after Sandy hits East Coast (theglobeandmail.com)
- Red Cross to help Sandy storm victims (wtvr.com)
We just took the dogs for a walk and it was like walking into a clothes dryer.
We know that temperature doesn’t matter any more. It’s all about the humidex in the summer and the wind chill in the winter. Today it may be 30 degrees but the radio promises it will feel like the fires of Hell with the humidex. Convection Roast. The same station reminds us that while the power grid is in much better shape than it was a year ago, we should turn down our AC. Of course, it’s days like today that air conditioning such an attractive option.
This mini heat wave has come just in time to remind us that summer is starting. The good news is that with some decent rainfall, we’ll start to see chanterelles and maybe some ornate boletes and a few lobsters up in the Enchanted Mushroom Forest. Oh, where exactly is that, you ask. Ya, ya, it’s you know, that forest up by um, you know the place. Ya, ya, where the roads you know and there’s that spot where you can pull over and the big hill with the thingy and that old barn. Well, past the old barn. You know. Sure, it’s a good hike in, yes that’s true.
Who would believe parts of the GTA would have an accumulation of snow this late into April, especially after the “non-winter” that was. Not me. It must be some kind of hoax.
Last night I heard serious storm warnings on the radio. I was going to awake to the biggest snow storm of the season, to many centimetres of snow on the ground. Instead, there was some light rain.
This morning I listened to a radio station that offered some serious storm watch coverage. In fact, that’s all they talked about, one special report after another. They must have sold sponsorship on the storm that never materialized. I’d like to report that here in Toronto by the lake there is exactly no snow on the ground.
It won’t be many more sleeps until we’re out of February and it’s all uphill from there.
The rain finally stopped, with the ark still only partially completed out in the back yard. Maybe we don’t have to gather the all the animals two by two after all. Soon winter will be upon us and the shell of the great ship will become stuck in the ice for a few months.
The Newfs and I ventured out to the park just as the serious rain began pelting down. We were a sorry looking lot by the time we got back, all three of us dripping wet. After drying off, I realized direct action was in order, and I broke out the dutch oven and started a big stew pot going. All that’s left to do is get the woodstove going and all will be well again with the world.