Environment Canada has warned that a major winter snowstorm now blowing into Ontario and staying over the weekend has the potential to drop as much as 50 centimetres of snow on parts of Eastern Ontario, which includes Ottawa. That is A LOT of snow, people -- 50 centimetres is almost 20 inches of snow. In one storm.
And this is coming ON TOP of huge amounts of snow that already block most city streets and make parking and driving and even walking extremely difficult. Two days ago, 30 centimetres of snow (basically, one foot) fell on us.
Heading into this weekend's storm, Ottawa had received a total of about 350 centimeters of snow so far this season -- about 11.5 feet or almost 4 yards of snow, according to local authorities. That's coming close to the all-time record accumulation of 444 centimetres (or 14.5 feet) recorded in 1970-71. Just before the OPEC crisis, for economic history buffs.
Numbers complied by one of the local newspapers are brutal: Ottawa' first snowfall of this season was reported on Nov. 20, 2007 and in the 108 days since then, snow has fallen on 83 of those days. There have been only 25 days without snow. What in the h am I doing here?
It's such a cliché to complain about the weather......But this is really too much! And I'm sure that fellow blogger Jerry from southern Ontario will support me on this. We here in Ontario cannot take any more snow. I want to move to my spiritual home to Italy or, failing that, back to Alberta.
Seriously. I grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and there was never this much snow. Global warming is truly wreaking great havoc on weather patterns and I, for one, have had enough.