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(Globe and Mail)   Wonder, excitement as Canada awakes to a strange white powdery substance coating the land   (theglobeandmail.com) divider line 70
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-11-27 12:24:19 PM
Hurry up and take a look before Mayor Ford snorts it all.
 
2013-11-27 12:41:27 PM

ZAZ: Hurry up and take a look before Mayor Ford snorts it all.


And we're done here.
 
2013-11-27 12:43:29 PM
The chill of the winter is bitter and bleak
The snow on the pathway is heavy and deep
So I dig in my shovel and lift it on high
I'm going to shovel this snow 'til I die

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSRL_Egyg1s
 
2013-11-27 12:45:19 PM
They run the same stupid weather articles every year. I know in Edmonton there have been lots of complaints about the emphasis on emotion in weather reporting. Just report the weather and shut up about your stupid childhood-like feelings towards it.
 
2013-11-27 12:45:42 PM
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2013-11-27 12:46:14 PM
*looks outside*

Rain, wind and where the hell is the sun.
 
2013-11-27 12:46:49 PM
Oh Canada, with moose and beavers grand!
White powder falls heavily all 'cross the land.
Oh Canada, our maple syrup flows!
And half the year we biatch about how much it snows.
 
2013-11-27 12:47:48 PM

ZAZ: Hurry up and take a look before Mayor Ford snorts it all.


i2.ytimg.com

"This is pure snow! It's everywhere! Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is?"
 
2013-11-27 12:48:26 PM
When Chekov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmths of the hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.
 
2013-11-27 12:49:13 PM

Russ1642: They run the same stupid weather articles every year. I know in Edmonton there have been lots of complaints about the emphasis on emotion in weather reporting. Just report the weather and shut up about your stupid childhood-like feelings towards it.


People talk about the weather.  On a local, it is something we all share in but, yeah, news stories like this are silly.
 
2013-11-27 12:49:23 PM
I had weird dreams last night about shoveling decent amount of snow, having very little snow to shovel, tunneling through snow, and somehow that was all connected to the GOG web site.
When I looked out this morning there was not really enough snow to shovel. I'm on the south shore of Montreal and find it weird that Toronto might have had more snow than us.

It had been snowing since yesterday afternoon but it mostly melted when it hit the ground.
 
2013-11-27 12:49:57 PM
Gross
 
2013-11-27 12:50:44 PM
Easy to feel "wonder and excitement" when that snow is falling somewhere else. The Globe and Mail is a Toronto newspaper.
 
2013-11-27 12:51:23 PM
It's easy to understand denialism when you note that every year Canadians and many others near the poles are surprised and dismayed to see the first real snow of Winter. My family has been here for over four hundred years, and it is still a shock. Also, like the old cartoon put it, my ancestors came from Europe and we still haven't adjusted to the change in time zone.

The 22,000,000th year, winter is coming. What, again? How can it be so perverse?

Mind you, we went from almost no snow on the ground any where yesterday to live-threatening piles of the stuff this morning.

It's a Winter Blunderland out there.
 
2013-11-27 12:52:45 PM
Heh, to call Ontario part of Eastern Canada is a bit of a stretch. And the actual East has had snow on the ground for a couple of weeks now.
 
2013-11-27 12:53:23 PM

bingethinker: Easy to feel "wonder and excitement" when that snow is falling somewhere else. The Globe and Mail is a Toronto newspaper.


Ah. That explains it.
 
2013-11-27 12:55:10 PM

brantgoose: surprised and dismayed to see the first real snow of Winter.


We usually get our first snowfall around mid november, but it's the kind that's gone by late afternoon. The sort of snow that lingers, well, that usually only happens around mid-December. It's a bit early for this.
 
2013-11-27 12:55:28 PM
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2013-11-27 12:56:11 PM

MooseUpNorth: bingethinker: Easy to feel "wonder and excitement" when that snow is falling somewhere else. The Globe and Mail is a Toronto newspaper.

Ah. That explains it.


Yet it did snow in the GTA last night too.

/not very much tho.
 
2013-11-27 12:58:48 PM
Be careful that ice don't crack.
 
2013-11-27 12:59:04 PM
Among the "fun facts" published with articles about the first storm of the season was this baby: the City of Ottawa spends about $60,000,000 on snow removal, road-salting, etc.

That's quite a bargain, actually, seeing as the GMA has about a million people and it works out to $60 a head for a whole winter of up to five months. You can't get your driveway shoveled for that kind of money unless a friendly neighbour has his own plow in which case he might do your driveway as well as his own.

My father had a snow plow when we lived up in the hills where winter came two weeks earlier and left two weeks later, 25 linear miles from where they live now. In those days it snowed a lot more regularly and the snow was pushed up into piles taller than the garage. We played King of the Castle and dug snow tunnels. There's a name for those tunnels when hunters dig them to sleep in rather than building an igloo or a lean-to. I'll see if I can remember or find it.
 
2013-11-27 12:59:11 PM
Love how the article tries to show all the cutesy, faux-artistic winter snapshots, and then ends with "old woman slipped into a river and is suffering hypothermia, here's her submerged car".

/Can't wait for this to happen where I live
//And our own local news do the exact same reporting
///With less French
 
2013-11-27 01:04:02 PM
Rob Ford thread?

s24.postimg.org
 
2013-11-27 01:05:34 PM
I found it:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinzhee

A quinzhee (from the Athabascan language) is a shelter made by hollowing out an artificial pile of snow rather than cutting blocks (an igloo) or tunneling into natural snow (a snow cave or tunnel).

The snow must be compacted, either by the builder or by plowing or piling, as it is dangerous to sleep in unstable snow or ice structures.

Here's a very well-made quinzhee from Finland:


upload.wikimedia.org

And here is something more typical:

upload.wikimedia.org

 
2013-11-27 01:06:16 PM
That's a bit much...

I got up, looked outside... hoped that I could use my shovel, found that it was heavy sticky snow, so used the snow-blower...

Left for work, found that as per usual a bunch of dummies either walking or driving act like they've never seen the stuff and can't deal with it, can't walk in it, can't drive in it.

Now looking forward to summer again...


The circle of life...
 
2013-11-27 01:09:21 PM

MooseUpNorth: Heh, to call Ontario part of Eastern Canada is a bit of a stretch.


I think everything east of Commercial Drive in Vancouver is "Eastern Canada"
 
2013-11-27 01:12:09 PM

BumpInTheNight: Rob Ford thread? [s24.postimg.org image 228x290]


Not to spoil the vibe on a perfectly good Rob Ford thread, but why is that large spider burying itself in what appears to be table salt? It covered its eyes with that stuff! What is this, suicide?
 
2013-11-27 01:13:00 PM

MooseUpNorth: Heh, to call Ontario part of Eastern Canada is a bit of a stretch. And the actual East has had snow on the ground for a couple of weeks now.


It depends, are you dividing into two (East and West) or three (East, Central, and West). In the Former, calling Ontario Eastern is pretty standard and correct (remember pretty much only the 401, Golden Horseshoe, and Ottawa count).
 
2013-11-27 01:13:18 PM
The temperature here is supposed to fall all the way into the mid-50s tonight, so I'll be sure to bring an extra blanket to bed with me, I guess, and I might have to wear long sleeves tomorrow.

/I was in Montreal last year, so I like to pretend I've earned this weather.
 
2013-11-27 01:15:25 PM

FrancoFile: Oh Canada, with moose and beavers grand!
White powder falls heavily all 'cross the land.
Oh Canada, our maple syrup flows!
And half the year we biatch about how much it snows.


You are compltely wrong. People biatch about how much it snows all year round.

Except Vancouver where we biatch about how much it rains. Or how cold -2 degrees is. And I laugh at everyone.
 
2013-11-27 01:18:53 PM

brantgoose: I found it:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinzhee

A quinzhee (from the Athabascan language) is a shelter made by hollowing out an artificial pile of snow rather than cutting blocks (an igloo) or tunneling into natural snow (a snow cave or tunnel).

The snow must be compacted, either by the builder or by plowing or piling, as it is dangerous to sleep in unstable snow or ice structures.

Here's a very well-made quinzhee from Finland:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x348]And here is something more typical:[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x301]


That's cool.  I didn't realize the snow forts we made as kids were a pale imitation of a real thing that people did to survive.  And that they had a name.

/oh how I miss the fun we had during the winter of 77-78
 
2013-11-27 01:20:56 PM
They are predicting a warm winter in the East, a cool winter in the West, and much variability here in Ontario. That means some very cold periods alternating with warm periods, as well as heavy snow alternating with no snow. In short, SNAFU.

Another factoid from the news:  the winter temperatures in Ottawa vary from -35C to plus 10C. That's a range of 45 degrees Celsius (81 Fahrenheit). To give you an idea of what this means, the difference between the naked body temperature of the Earth minus its greenhouse gases and the rest of the atmosphere is about minus (-)18.5 degrees, while the global mean temperature before climate change was about plus 14.5. That's a range of only 33C.

The shorter the period of time, the more extreme change you can see in the average.  I have seen days where the temperature in the very early morning was way below zero, while the late afternoon was practically room temperature.

As MooseUpNorth observes, it is a bit early for a snow storm to drop more than a light dusting. In the last twenty or thirty years, snow that stays around for more than a day or two has been rarer and December has often felt like late Fall. In a few years, the late Fall weather has run into the annual January thaw, with a lot of warmth and flooding. Then Winter has come back with a vengeance in February.

As the old Scottish curse puts it, may you live in interesting times, or, to adapt it to North American conditions, interesting climes. As Mark Twain put it, quoting New Englanders, if you don't like the weather, something different will be along in a few minutes.
 
2013-11-27 01:37:50 PM

dywed88: MooseUpNorth: Heh, to call Ontario part of Eastern Canada is a bit of a stretch. And the actual East has had snow on the ground for a couple of weeks now.

It depends, are you dividing into two (East and West) or three (East, Central, and West). In the Former, calling Ontario Eastern is pretty standard and correct (remember pretty much only the 401, Golden Horseshoe, and Ottawa count).


All true enough. Most Atlantic Canadians divide it in three so we don't disappear entirely. (Québec divides it in two as well: 'Québec' and 'Pas-le-Québec, tabarnac'.)
 
2013-11-27 01:38:53 PM

dywed88: Except Vancouver where we biatch about how much it rains. Or how cold -2 degrees is. And I laugh at everyone.


You know, a few years ago when you had the three inches of snow that closed the city for half a week, that pretty much let Toronto off the hook. More or less.
 
2013-11-27 01:39:16 PM
Or... as we call it in Canada "Not Summer."
 
2013-11-27 01:41:18 PM
That's.... a lot of china.


Non-sense!  Bigfoot knew nothing
 
2013-11-27 01:41:19 PM
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/MEANWHILE, IN TORONTO
 
2013-11-27 01:41:20 PM
This Yank happened to be in Eastern Canada yesterday for work.  I was waiting to enter a customer plant while third shift was walking out. A lady worker emerged from the doors, and when she looked through the window, she threw up her arms in victory and yelled "YAY WINTER!".  It put a skip in my step all day.
 
2013-11-27 01:55:14 PM
I also dislike that the weather person, who these days is as likely to be a degreed meteorologist as Graduate Third from the Bottom at Bob's College of TV Knowledge, fills air time with featherweight "news" surrounding kids doing crafts, some bint that's evilled her way to 100, or some "hey, have you ever heard of scrapbooking?" nonsense piece.

Just read the goddamn weather. I don't even require you to have a tight blouse anymore.
 
2013-11-27 02:04:25 PM

MooseUpNorth: dywed88: MooseUpNorth: Heh, to call Ontario part of Eastern Canada is a bit of a stretch. And the actual East has had snow on the ground for a couple of weeks now.

It depends, are you dividing into two (East and West) or three (East, Central, and West). In the Former, calling Ontario Eastern is pretty standard and correct (remember pretty much only the 401, Golden Horseshoe, and Ottawa count).

All true enough. Most Atlantic Canadians divide it in three so we don't disappear entirely. (Québec divides it in two as well: 'Québec' and 'Pas-le-Québec, tabarnac'.)


Yep, east (maritimes), central (ON and QC) and West (MB out) is the most common.

But the two segment is often used in terms of climate and other such events.
 
2013-11-27 02:05:56 PM
Yesterday on CBC Toronto they had a 10 minute interview with someone in Public Works who had 200 salt trucks poised and ready for the deluge. Maybe 2" of snow this morning.

There is so much media these days that they're just looking for filler.
 
2013-11-27 02:07:00 PM
No snow in Vancouver. Sorry.
 
2013-11-27 02:07:40 PM

MooseUpNorth: dywed88: Except Vancouver where we biatch about how much it rains. Or how cold -2 degrees is. And I laugh at everyone.

You know, a few years ago when you had the three inches of snow that closed the city for half a week, that pretty much let Toronto off the hook. More or less.


Born and raised in Southern Ontario snowbelt. Moved out in this past January. I have just as much fun laughing at Vancouverites for their complaining as others for their snow.

Also, Toronto doesn't get off the hook. All those Toronto people biatching about the snow when they moved to Kitchener was hilarious.
 
2013-11-27 02:09:22 PM

brantgoose: Among the "fun facts" published with articles about the first storm of the season was this baby: the City of Ottawa spends about $60,000,000 on snow removal, road-salting, etc.

That's quite a bargain, actually, seeing as the GMA has about a million people and it works out to $60 a head for a whole winter of up to five months. You can't get your driveway shoveled for that kind of money unless a friendly neighbour has his own plow in which case he might do your driveway as well as his own.

My father had a snow plow when we lived up in the hills where winter came two weeks earlier and left two weeks later, 25 linear miles from where they live now. In those days it snowed a lot more regularly and the snow was pushed up into piles taller than the garage. We played King of the Castle and dug snow tunnels. There's a name for those tunnels when hunters dig them to sleep in rather than building an igloo or a lean-to. I'll see if I can remember or find it.


Not sure about spelling, but quinzee sounds right. Used to do that back in my mining exploration days in Northern Manitoba.
 
2013-11-27 02:18:45 PM
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2013-11-27 02:19:09 PM

dywed88: MooseUpNorth: dywed88: Except Vancouver where we biatch about how much it rains. Or how cold -2 degrees is. And I laugh at everyone.

You know, a few years ago when you had the three inches of snow that closed the city for half a week, that pretty much let Toronto off the hook. More or less.

Born and raised in Southern Ontario snowbelt. Moved out in this past January. I have just as much fun laughing at Vancouverites for their complaining as others for their snow.

Also, Toronto doesn't get off the hook. All those Toronto people biatching about the snow when they moved to Kitchener was hilarious.


Just moved from Ottawa to Vancouver in September.  I took my kids to daycare on a toboggan last year when the plow was late.
 
2013-11-27 02:23:53 PM
Meanwhile, 3.500 km to the southwest we too are having a white Thanksgiving. We got eight inches on Friday. Which is nice. Though it will all melt by the beginning of next week. :-(
 
2013-11-27 02:29:03 PM
ok people. whar are the articles on how the city decides to save money by not plowing certain areas?
Roads not being passable is some strange method to cut down on scary winter driving.

/Edmonton does that.
//Also will arrest people for not shoveling their sidewalks down to bare concrete.
///Owns the police, so who ya gonna call to complain about people crashing with the snow drifts and ice.
 
2013-11-27 02:41:12 PM
It's November, what's so asinine about a snowstorm subby?
 
2013-11-27 02:46:08 PM

dennysgod: It's November, what's so asinine about a snowstorm subby?


Pretty sure subby's lampshading the fact that it required an article in a national newspaper. Otherwise, it's about a month early, even for the parts of Canada that routinely get snow.
 
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