We had the first snowstorm of the year, and from what I gather, it (was and) will be a lot worse in Nova Scotia, so why should I complain about our 15 or so centimeters? I mean, I dug out more snow than that and the tiring part is not the shoveling, but that hard ice, pushed in your yard by the provincial snowplow operators.
With the first snowfall, it was also a good time to make a quick checkup on the backyard: It looks a lot cleaner with the snow on the ground. I was a kind surprised to see fresh snow tracks already: upon closer inspection, it looked like deer were trying to get to the last bits of stuff hanging in the trees.
The neighbourhood seems to tell us that we should be hanging up our outdoors Christmas lights, which we (of course) don’t have for multiple reasons. One reason is that in our former accomodations it wasn’t really safe to put stuff outdoors. The other reason is that I’ve become a lot more cynical
skeptic about Christmas.
This morning, I woke up with the sound of snowplows driving by our house, which to me, is the first hint that it’s time to do some shoveling outside. So, I guess, that’s something I’ll be planning for later.
We’ve been having our share of snow and unpredictable weather this month though: more so than the previous years. Additionally, after every dump of snow, temperatures have gone up way above the zero degrees mark (Celsius). For example, when I was writing this entry a couple of days ago, it was pouring rain outside, which (of course) took care of the snow that was dumped on us earlier last week. So that’s our start of the winter: plenty of snow and then slush that freezes up the next morning. Excellent weather to make glide and slide ramps. Not so much fun for dogs.
It may not surprise you that I frequently visit Weather Canada’s site, but mainly for statistical data, which is available for everybody who is interested in this kind of stuff. Their online Climate Data site is right here and is food for people who love numbers and that. Online weather data can be shown in different formats: for an example, try to click this link for this month’s weather data at the Debert weatherstation. Notice that Debert also keeps track how many centimeters of snow is still on the ground (which is obviously not really scientific, but nonetheless entertaining). If you go back in time on this weblog, you can probably find some similarities between the weather data and my writings.
Weather Canada also provides complete datasets on a CD-ROM, which can be freely downloaded from their site. The software, however, is completely DOS-based and the data is written in some kind of B-Tree-type file format (it’s not even written into their own specific standard file format). Setting it up on your computer can be a pain, but it works good: it comes with tools to export data to CSV, plain text and that silly format I mentioned in the previous sentence. Hopefully, the government will bring this product to more
feasonable1 fashionable platforms.
1 I, uh, heh. I thought I wrote feasible.