11.01.11 – The weather is quite the topic these days. Snow cover in December was approaching record-breaking numbers. This wasn’t so surprising because I’ve been hearing about the possibility of this year’s winter being one of the coldest ever. The forecasters seemed to be “spot on” and all signs were leaning towards a brutal winter.
Over the last couple of days we’ve had a bit of unusually “warm” weather, temperatures around 5°C, which has turned snowfall into rainfall and the city into a giant slushie. My outdoor walking strategy turned from avoiding patches of ice to avoiding “potholes” in the packed snow which were now ankle-deep in water. Ice has also been falling from the buildings at an alarming rate and even took a man’s life!
Today the temperatures have dropped below freezing once again which has added a yet another challenge. Snow covered streets and sidewalks which have been worn smooth by the rain are now freezing over. The other areas which have been cleared of snow now have a thin layer of ice good enough to skate on, which is in fact, what I am trying to avoid.
The good news lately is that it’s going to snow soon which should make it a bit easier to walk around outdoors 🙂 They say the grass is always greener but I guess the snow can also be whiter on the other side.
- Snow followed by flooding predicted (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Snow is Falling Across Kitsap (kitsapsun.com)
- Britain could be heading for coldest winter in 300 years (telegraph.co.uk)
- Hanoi has coldest day (lookatvietnam.com)