Saturday, January 30, 2016

Winter so far

Somehow, despite the fact it feels as though we just moved here, we are in the midst of our fourth winter in Regina.  Under normal circumstances this would mean that at this point in the year we'd be clad head to toe in various thermal garments and be making last-minute trips to the car at 10:30 PM when we realized that we'd not plugged it in.

Instead, because it has been a record breaking winter, we often choosing spring jackets (or on one occasion two nights ago - no jacket) and we haven't even gone so far as to locate our car's block heater cord.  On one or two of the colder days I did dig out my ski mask, but that was probably more just to do it than because it was necessary.

Strangely, at least so far, the milder weather has not meant more storms or snow.  As of a few days ago, the last time I heard any reporting on the matter, we were well below 10 cm of show for the season.  While we don't typically get much snow here, we do typically get a fair bit more than 10 over the course of several months of winter.

And the impact of this minimal total snowfall has been mitigated by several days of temperatures above zero.  The past two days have been particularly impactful as they've been accompanied by very clear skies.  The effect was such that we now have largish patches of (brown) grass showing.

Despite the mild weather that we've had through the end of January there's still plenty of time for things to take a turn for the worse in February, March and April.  Of course, if we're able to maintain the current trajectory I don't think anyone will be complaining.

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