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Friday, March 03, 2017

Winter...what else???

The explanation: Apparently the extra ice melt and earlier breakup in the Arctic sent cold air south at the same time as the warmer, wetter Pacific winds arrived from the west. These two streams of climate-change affected wind met somewhere...oh, over Nelson perhaps. We've had the snowiest winter in decades and in February had the largest one-day dump, in a series of dumps, ever recorded in Nelson (48 centimeters).  This required shoveling around large lumps of snow on the street, until the vehicles beneath revealed themselves for more careful snow removal.

Sounds like just the right winter to decide not to go to "our" village in Mexico, eh?  "Winter's are so mild now, maybe we should take a year off and hang out more here with our friends..."

While I am grousing here a little, and I do actually dislike winter (sorry Gfid), it does have the effect of bringing the town together - whether to complain about the city plowing job, play hooky at work and hit the ski hill...or just something dependable to talk about at the coffee shop. Weather R Us.

 Coming into downtown

Sharp-shinned hawk outside my office window yesterday - eying the little guys on the feeder

Hi Gary,
Can I send you some inspiration from Henry David Thoreau who said “one must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter?”
But I don't think he experienced the dramatic climatic upheavals we are already seeing some evidence of !! On a more light hearted note :

I gather Nelson folk, led presumably by yourself Gary, find it a common talking point and an excuse to relax. But as I remarked recently maybe we can stoically see the weather accord ‘to Fain’s legendary Francis Fryer: Here are his toe tapping lyrics with some embellishments from yours truly:
Oh, everyone complains about the weather, but nobody ever done anything about it! Why don't they realize a very simple thing: You've gotta have a winter if you wanna have a spring! My friend, it all depends on Mother Nature; the laws of compensation still as seen apply; Quit beef’ in' ‘bout the snow-n on your Nelson cloudy day and think of the fields of flowers you’ll be trippen through in May! So, if you still complain about the weather, then why the devil don't you do something, then why the devil don't you do something, then why the devil don't you do something about it?

Great pictures - WOW that sure is a lot of snow !!

Best wishes

Thanks for the encouragement Lindsay. That's a funny version of the lyrics! I'm looking out the window at sunshine sparkling on the snow in the yard - tiny diamonds of water...and the mountains in the near distance are dressed with evergreens covered in white softness. It's okay after all. (But I'm still ready for green grass and flowers soon.)

We've been hearing of the record heat in parts of Australia. Guess we're all subject to experiencing and enjoying griping about weather.
everybody the world over like to complain about their weather.. I hate winter, I hate being cold, and tired and its always dark. this time of year it starts to lighten up. thankfully its been a very dry winter, spring so far is dryish too. if I did not have a pony to check daily there are times when I wish I could just stay in bed and hide from it all. its a lovely day today, warmth from the sun and chilled from the wind can happen seconds apart depending on where you stand around shelter.
True Claire! Perhaps the one thing we will always have in common with those next to us (and those far away will understand) is the weather. And of course, every day it is something that beckons a response, be it wonder or simply ignoring it and staying inside. I love spring.

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