Go Snow Go
Hutton House - It's been nearly a month since snow first fell and it's only now, beginning to melt.
After record snow dumps in mid-December, temperatures remained below freezing or slightly above, until after the New Year. At one point, Scott was certain the weather feed - which reports from the nearby Nanaimo airport - was wrong, as it showed an unbelievable -18°C (-0.4°F)! That's very cold, considering we're less than a quarter mile from the ocean.
The snow was so light and fluffy that it was impossible to make a snowman, though Alex made up for it by sledding down the road and driveway.
Temperatures did - gradually - climb to just above freezing, but continued snow flurries kept accumulating the white stuff faster than it was melting.
While we were fortunate to have a "white Christmas", to be honest, we were so sick of *cough* used to the snow by then (shoveling, getting stuck, school cancellations, etc.) that it was no longer "special".
Yesterday, with temperatures climbing to 5°C (41°F), the snow began to melt with earnest.
"A couple more days of this," said Scott, "and we might have a snow-free driveway."
The December snow measured over a meter, which has happened only twice before during December, since 1947, when Environment Canada began keeping records.
"We had 116 centimeters of snow at the Nanaimo Airport," reported David Jones, a climatologist for Environment Canada. Agency records shows 111 cm. accumulated in 1964 and 107 cm. in 1968. Even in December 1996 - the most recent winter dump - snowfall reached only 95.2 centimeters.
"This has been the second-highest monthly total at the Nanaimo Airport," Jones went on to say. (The highest was February 1975, when 122 centimeters fell.)