Winter Wonderland

snowToday we are getting some snow, some ice pellets and this evening we should be getting freezing rain. This year we have been getting more snow than usual. not at little bit more but a whole lot more. Way too much. I don’t have a snowmobile, I don’t sky, and I am too old to build snowmen, yet I like snow. I like living in Canada where we have four distinct seasons. I think the reason I don’t mind snow is that I live in an apartment building and I don’t have to shovel it.

Usually I like spring time when the snow melts but I don’t mind if it starts late or if it is early, it does not bother me. This year I can’t f@#king wait! Where I live there is an average of 314.2cm of snow fall per year, this is according to the Canadian Weather Office. For all my American readers this give us ten feet four inches. That is our average snow fall from January to December. We can get some snow nine months of the year here. We sometimes get snow in October and we can also get some in May. All the months in between we almost always get snow. I have to say at this point that while searching for the average snow fall per year I found on the Cities own web site an average of 400cm of snow a year, which is 13 feet one inch. I trust the weather office data over the cities data since the city is trying to lure people to Bathurst for snowmobiling.

This year we have gotten 410cm of snow (13 feet and five inches). This is a hell of a lot of snow. I don’t remember getting this much snow. The worst part of it is that the 410cm we have received are just calculated for 2008! You have read that correctly we have gotten 410cm of snow from January 1st to March 4th, I am not counting today’s because It is still snowing. We are basically getting hit twice a week with considerable amounts of snow. Now the bad news the month of March, on average, we get 53.4 cm of snow (one foot nine inches) and in April we should get 33.4cm (13 inches). Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow in deed.

On the bright side of things it is good for the makers of maple syrup, more strawberries and blueberries in the fields. And we should all enjoy our spring and summer so much more this year after this interminable winter.