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Where did spring go?
I'm normally not one for ranting, but I've just about had it mother nature. You are dangling the carrot in front of our eyes much longer than is deserved this year. I never really pictured you to be one of those "I've come to save you from this cold wasteland, HAH! Sucker!I'm just here to tie you up and throw you into snow pile and then hose you down with cold water" types. That seems like it would be more along the lines of father time's practical jokes than yours.
Is it really too much for us to ask for the snow to go away and stay gone until December? Is that too much? I don't know what we've done to make you so irritable, but whatever it was I apologize immensely on behalf of the city of Thunder Bay.
Okay, I'm done ranting.
A little bit of background. Thunder Bay has always had "moody" weather, but this is ridiculous. We usually have a fair bit of snow from mid December until early to mid April. This year hasn't really been much different, aside from the weather we've had the last couple of weeks.
The weather we've had the last few weeks
Starting from the beginning of April, it seemed like normal enough spring weather. Daily highs of 2 to 5 Celsius, daily lows of minus around -15 Celsius, not too much snow on the ground. All in all it was pretty mild.
As the week progressed, the temperatures climbed, although not very steadily and occasionally dipping lower than expected, but the snow was melting quite well. Until we got another dump of it during the first weekend of the month.
But of course, living in Thunder Bay, this is to be expected. For whatever reason, we consider a roller coaster ride from nice normal temperatures and melting snow to cold winds, several centimeters of snow, and freezing rain normal for the first week or so of spring. Carrying on.
Again, temperatures rose slightly, and the snow began to slowly disappear over the course of the second week. Just as things started looking up, someone (not pointing any fingers *COUGH* Mother Nature *COUGH*) decided to pull a rather tattered white wool blanket over our eyes and then throw us in lake Superior. Cue this past week.
This past week
The weekend of the 13th, we got a large dump of snow, that was promptly destroyed by higher temperatures followed by another dump on the 15th which started to disappear over the coming days.
We all thought to ourselves "This must be it, she must be done by now. Any more snow on the ground here and the fish in Lake Superior won't have a home til it all melts". But that wasn't it. Nowhere near IT. Little did we know that mother nature had one final ace up her sleeve. A low pressure system that had made its way up north all the way from Texas. (As a side note, I could NOT believe that the system responsible for what happened on the 19th came all the way from Texas. It just didn't make sense. I mean, what did we ever do to Texas?)
The snow continued to melt through to the eve of the 17th, when it started to cool off. Thursday was a fair bit colder, and we had some light snow during the day, but nothing major. I remember going to bed Thursday night and looking out the window. I could see grass, and the roads and sidewalks. I'm not really sure how to describe what I saw when I woke up the morning of the 19th.
The morning of the 19th
At roughly 6 am, I woke up. Tired and groggy, I decided to take a look outside. I reached haphazardly for my glasses, put them on (nearly poking myself in the eye with one of the arms), sat up slowly, and proceeded to make like a zombie to the window.
I moved the curtain slightly to the side, and cocked my head sideways (as if that would help me see better, but in my sleepy stupor it seemed like a well enough plan). As soon as I saw the snow piled up around my car, I was immediately caught by the urge to pinch myself. "This must be a nightmare. This can't be happening again. It's like a roller coaster we just can't get off of. The first time we went around I made a funny face for the camera on the last slope but I don't think I want the picture anymore if we ever get off this ride."
I looked around and noticed that the plows hadn't been by so there was no point in shoveling now. I started to notice how high the winds were. The gusts would whistle quite loudly and the snow would blow completely sideways for several seconds. I thought to myself "There was a fair bit of water from all the melted snow last night, I doubt many will actually go to work today if this weather keeps up. Oh well. I better get some sleep, my alarm goes off in a couple hours".
Woken suddenly by my alarm a couple of hours later, I quickly put on my glasses and looked out the window again. Nothing had changed, in fact, it was actually worse. I could barely see the houses across the street it was snowing so much and the winds were blowing all the loose snow that had already fallen at such high speeds. The plows had gone by and the road was cleared, save the fresh sheet of ice coating it. "Best dig myself out before I shower."
After clearing my car of snow and ice, I began the drive to work. Most mornings the trip takes maybe ten minutes, due to the less than terrible visibility, lack of traction, and the overabundance of people driving like this wasn't the case, I'm pretty sure it took almost twenty minutes to get to work.
Throughout the day I watched as the winds blew snow all around, even made it impossible to see 10 feet from the window. Clients told me about things that had been blown down, accidents, and the fact that the police were urging people not to drive unless it was absolutely necessary. "When is this going to end?"
What is your favorite part about spring?
Later that afternoon
Everything started to settle around 4 pm. The winds died down, the snow stopped (hopefully for a long time), and everything was starting to look up. "Could this really be it? I can at least drive home more safely than before."
After arriving at home, I kicked my feet up and looked out the window once more. It was calm, and everything seemed right in the world once again. With any luck, weather like this would not occur until next winter when it is more widely accepted
I guess what it really comes down to here is being prepared, and if you aren't prepared, not losing your cool when you realize exactly how unprepared you are. I know for certain that if I had lost my cool when I found out my car was buried, I probably would've rushed to dig it out, and then woken up later and had to dig it out again because the plows went by. Then I would've been frustrated and in a rush on my way to work which could have caused a serious accident and hurt or even killed myself or someone else.
So the lesson to be learned here is to stay calm and carry on, no matter what the circumstances. And even though the storm is over, I still would like to ask, where did spring go?
Stay warm, and stay excellent!
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