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A silver lining

This Saturday, we ended up in Uptown SJ to look at the cruiseship, Silver Whisper (Silversea Cruises). Compared to ships that normally sail in, the Silver Whisper is a small ship and appears to be a fairly luxury cruise-liner. From the number of people that got off the boat, I could only tell that it didn’t seem to be full.

That reminds me that it was windy and bitter cold at the harbour: it was so cold, it felt like my knees were freezing up. According to fellow bus passengers, the forecast for Winter 2010 is going to be, well, Winter-like. More snow and colder: as I mentioned earlier, I don’t care if it’s going to be worse than last Winter as long as the water table stays constant.

And talking about water: there was a boiling order in effect in SJ this Thanksgiving weekend. It was just lifted yesterday. At the local Montana’s we were advised not to order hot beverages and that: Surprisingly, one had to pay extra for bottled water. The silver lining? It was awfully quiet.

Round here

The last 48 hours it was storming so much that at times it reminded me of Hurricane Juan back in 2003. This morning I found out that apparently the wind was so strong that it had blown the BBQ upside down. If you think of it: the thing is heavy enough for me. This also serves as a reminder to at least clean the BBQ out so once in a while.

Sticking with the weather, the local residents informed me that this year’s Summer was probably one of the better ones since, well, ages. Indeed it had been extremely warm during July and August: compared to the year before where it seemed to be raining every day (delaying the painting of the deck), I prefer a moderate climate with moderate temperatures. Then at least I don’t have to worry about the ground water level. Seasonal forecasts from Weather Canada promise a nice amount of snow: today, I don’t care if we’ll have snowstorms or not.

And earlier this week, New Brunswickers went to the polls and voted out the mr. Graham’s Liberals: I read the conservatives easily managed to get a majority in the province’s assembly (42 versus 13?). I’m only surprised that third parties (like the NDP and the People Alliance) did not manage to get any seats.

Fluctuating

I was complaining the other day to Alfons about the weather: or rather, I think he sent me a screenshot of the long term weather forecast for this area, dryly asking ‘if I thought the temperature was fluctuating’ and ‘how this compared with Truro, NS’. Oh, yeah, my favourite part, the Canadian weather.

We had 2 good days of a fair amount of snow: one day it was 20, and just last Monday, we had 10 or so. The amount of snow doesn’t bother me: I noticed that if it snowed it was freezing cold, or rather, like in ‘February cold’ (colder than -10 degrees Celsius). And then out of nowhere, warm wind moves in, pushing the temperatures above the 11 degrees. Today is another typical day: it started cold with incidental flurries and freezing rain. From what I hear, it’s going to be warm and rainy tomorrow again.

For your information: I’ve filed a complaint at the Canadian Central Registry of Weather Makers. Wait. is that the name of a book, too?

Off-ice.

A couple of observations:

I follow the US Democratic race but tend to keep it off xsamplex: However, I keep thinking if the Clintons are just bad losers. Seriously, when is enough is enough? Keith Olberman’s summary perfectly illustrates the race.

I noticed something when using a (more) recent version of Microsoft Word (2003+): it loads documents in a background thread, updating the scrollbar and thumbnail size accordingly, until it is completely loaded into memory. I’m not sure who thought this was a brilliant idea, because, simply stated: it sucks because it suggests that the document is ready to work on when it clearly isn’t.

With the sun coming out longer, it appears that now it’s a good time to get rid of the Winter clothes. This is obviously good weather for a stroll and the camera.

I read that thousands of illegals keep eluding the Canadian Border and Imigration Services (the official count is at 41,000). Is that a high number, I wonder (I wish I had numbers of other countries).

In the past, I’ve read a couple of books by Martin Amis (son of Kingsley Amis, who’s books were, and maybe still are, part of English literature classes in The Netherlands). I especially liked ‘Time’s Arrow’ but since then, I’ve not read any of his books. The CBC has a brief interview with the (nowadays controversial) British author.

Update 1: Not at all related, OpenOffice 3.0 Beta review, courtesy of ArsTechnica.

The sound of

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.

Weatherwise (and other news)

We’re going through some sort of ‘heatspell’ (if you can call it that way) with temperatures ‘clocking around’ the 20 degrees. Which is generally good, but then, the temperature has been going down fast at night: a couple of nights ago, the thermometer hit -1 degrees Celsius. Time for the trees to drop their leafs.

Last week, a couple of items got my attention: First there was the Carol Anne Gotbaum case (over at the Gothamist): a 45 year old woman died while in police custody. The only reason why I mention this is because it reads like something surreal. Apparently you can kill yourself when you’re handcuffed. Don’t try this at home.

You may have heard about the Blackwater incident but the real story seems to be in the details: employees who by accident kill Iraqi guards and then get flown out with the State Department’s consent. Or, what about that story on Blackwater employees linked to the Pentagon.

On a lighter note, RawStory also has an AFP story about this year’s hurricane season: Forecasters predict that two Atlantic hurricanes will form in the remainder of the hurrican season (which ends at and around November 30th). It has been a rough ride for Mexico this year, I hear.

Cold. Huh?

The weather at night seems to be going slowly downhill: tomorrow morning we’ll be hitting temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. This is probably a good thing, hurricane-wise (I was thinking of hurrican Dean), albeit a bit too early in the season. It’s still supposed to be Summer.

Earlier we managed to go by everyone’s favourite super store (which I shall not name here) to pick up a copy of the ‘Band Of Brothers’ DVD set (it’s priced around 64 CDN). While looking around, I jokingly told the better half that even the (in-store and on-display) macaroni-salad is made and produced in China nowadays.

The NS Provincial Exhibition (NSPE) will open its doors until next Saturday: I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this before, but the NSPE is the single biggest event in this region. And this is probably remarkable: In the years I’ve been living here, I’ve never been there.

Freaky Thunder

Last night and this morning, we had some freak thunderstorm: I’m probably not the only person who had a hard time sleeping. Additionally, the storm brought several power outages: I hear that there are still people without power this PM. Having no power this morning meant lugging around one of the water bottles, playing around with bowls and lots of improvising. And lots of cold instant coffee.

The local radio says that another thunderstorm is heading this way. You wouldn’t say that if you’d look outside the window right now: it’s sunny, quiet but yes, extremely muggy.

Snow@easter.night.com

If there was something like ‘Easter Night’, then it looks like Christmas outside. Snow that is and while this was obviously part of today’s forecast, it took me, dog and the snow plow drivers by surprise. It should be gone by tomorrow, I hope, but then temperatures are still hovering around the -3 to +2 degrees Celsius. What do you mean, it’s almost already Spring?

Talking about Easter, over here Good Friday is generally a statutory holiday. North Americans have never heard of ‘Second Easter Day’. If you live in a country that celebrates a ‘Second Easter Day’, consider yourself lucky.

Did you know that the calculation for the date of Easter is quite hard? The good news is (or was, historically speaking) that a well-known mathematician, Carl Friedrich Gauss, already came up with an algorithm. Literally, food for statistics:

In the Western Church, Easter has not fallen on the earliest of the 35 possible dates, March 22, since 1818, and will not do so again until 2285. It will, however, fall on March 23, just one day after its earliest possible date, in 2008. Easter last fell on the latest possible date, April 25 in 1943, and will next fall on that date in 2038. However, it will fall on April 24, just one day before this latest possible date, in 2011.

Mark down 2038 in your daily planner.

04/08/07 – update 1: The snowstorm is actually worse than I thought, which means digging out by noon (that is if the wind doesn’t let go).
– update 2: The news at CBC.
– update 3: What do they mean, ‘no weather warning in effect’ for this area?

You’ve got flu

I happened to run into a meeting with the flu, last Monday, and I’m gradually recovering. I’ve not been sick since I’ve lived here: a feat I thought was so unique that it could have earned me a place in the Guinness World Record book.

That said, I’m almost certain that the cold spell (-10 to -16 degrees temperatures) had something to do with it too. So, tomorrow it finally looks like we’re back to subzero degrees, with the additional touch of rain. Gone will be the couple of centimeters, to reveal that bunch of left-over leafs from last Fall.

Tomorrow, or rather Sunday morning, we’ll be moving into Daylight Savings Time, thanks to the brilliant decision made by US senators. I’d like to see statistics or data on the purported energy savings for those extra 4 or 6 weeks.

1. During my illness, I actually enjoyed watching videos like this (excellent) episode of the Dutch science show ‘Noorderlicht’ (featuring Lee Smolin), and ‘The Man Who Wouldn’t Paint Hitler’
2. Update 03/12/07: Slashdot discussion about the not-so-many-savings of Day Light Savings.

Winter March

There’s a weather warning for the Maritimes, and I can tell from the snowshovels that appear to be driving around the block (and the wind gusts):

Snowfall accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres are forecast for many areas before the snow changes through ice pellets or freezing rain then to showers. Rainfall amounts could reach 5 millimetres over southwestern regions. Strong southeasterly winds will develop ahead of this system with wind gusts of 80 km/h giving reduced visibilities in blowing snow..Higher gusts of 90 km/hour are expected over southwestern Nova Scotia and up to 120 km/h over the Cape Breton Highlands.

Notice that the weather is gradually ‘getting warmer’ over the course of the night, where at the end (and hopefully) the snow will change into rain. The freezing rain is the tacky part. Might be pretty.

Nah

I closed Giant Mooseheaddown the comments for now: the last 3 days I received spam that came (consistently) from one IP address (Australia, if you want to know). Consistently. For three days. You’d say that an administrator would know after 3 days.

Weather has been on the up recently: It looks like it’s hitting the 0 degrees the next couple days. This comes right in time for next Saturday’s Lunar eclipse, which (according to the CBC) we have the best spot for. If you’re European, you have exactly one day to fly over and spend your valuable Eurodollars over here. I mean, Canada ranks 7 in the World Forum’s Travel And Tourism Competitiveness Report.

I read this on the Tubes: A Saskatchewan man found this giant moosehead in the Bay of Fundy (see image above, Google link goes here). For family members reading this: that’s close to the spot where we made pictures too (Cheverie). Actually, we ate around that area too: there’s a small restaurant there. And plenty of potholes. Unless they fixed that recently. It is pretty there, yes.

Earlier I heard stories about a company looking for gold in Nova Scotia: test drilling has commenced in Beaverdam. I’ve heard stories about gold mines around here, none of them really having produced a lot of that worthy stuff. At one time, I heard a story (on CBC radio) that rocks containing gold were actually used for the Halifax Airport runways. I’m not sure if that’s a true story or not.

The S

The third week of February is just around the corner, and guess what? It’s almost Spring! Idle hope maybe, since we’re still skimming the low -10s. For now, on average, Winter seems to have been cold but not as cold as the previous years: just last week we missed out on the snow fun that came from the US.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this before: Local businesses have been slowly moving online. Quite a change compared to 6-7 years ago, when only a handful understood dynamic content. Two of the locals (recently) announcing their online presence are The Daily News and the commercial radiostation ‘The Mix-100.9′ nee, ‘Big Dog’. The News needs an ‘Extreme Makeover’ for sure: the site looks unattractive, unprofessional and chaotic. For local news, even CBC-NS does a better job. It’s a start, though.

I have mixed feelings about the site for the local radiostation: I don’t like the use of (some) external plugins and I’m not sure what the point is of live streaming their content. Would you listen to a local radiostation when you are abroad? Once again, Big Dog’s net presence is a start. I see that their site provides even more actual local news.