The Winter that never was!
I wasn’t gonna talk about our real wacky weather but I said to myself, “Why not, it would be fun to read about our wackiest winter weather when the real Canadian Winter is back.” *Knock on wood twice! And hope that it never comes back again.
The last few winters have been the mildest we have encountered but they were still winter weathers with a little bit of snowfall here and there but the blizzards and snowstorms were replaced by new phenomenon called “thundersnow” which we have never heard of before this past few years. Thundersnow is a combination of unusual weather like a thunder storm on a mild winter day but suddenly the cold north winds interacts with the mild warmer winds and instead of rain a snowfall then starts and a winter storm ensues. Hence, the term Thundersnow was used by meteorologists. Gone are our white Christmas morn and now we usually get green Christmas. Oh, we did have a late white Christmas, two days after there was a snowstorm and the storm left us with 10 centimeters of snowfall to shovel and with enough snow we decided to make a huge snowman in our front yard, complete with top hat, carrot nose, painted smile and twig hands, LOL.
Our wacky weather started three weeks ago, yeah, it’s the winter that never was! Although the month of January started on the cold wintry side, it became so mild and warm the week after the winter chill of minus 20 degrees Centigrade and then the warm and mild weather settled in melting all that snow and record rains caused flooding everywhere; on highways, streets, brooks and rivers even creating a large sinkhole in one of the busy roads in the neighborhood. Yesterday, we had a record breaker warm and blustery day at plus 15 degrees Centigrade, mind you not minus but plus on the temperature scale and after that a very wet and windy day, unbelievable but true. If this is the kind of winter we are going to have now, what kind of weather will spring be like? Some trees already have sprouts on their naked branches and twigs, they really expect spring is here but not yet really. It is still winter and if the groundhog predicts an early end of winter then I wouldn’t be a bit surprised. But we could still see snow flurries around and more snow to come because spring is still six weeks away. Now, groundhogs please do not see your shadow and predict an early spring!
There is still a risk of freezing rain when the temperature dips to zero degree Centigrade; the roads will be slick and slippery and it’s going to be windy, too. The strong winds gusting sometimes at 100 kph with wind warning and alerts issued, it could result to power outages when trees and posts get knocked down by strong winds and electricity wires get tangled and cut off by fallen trees in the neighborhood. This is January in 2013, and the winter that never was and probably never will be.