As are most Canadians this year (and probably a lot from the northern US as well), I am sick to death of snow. We seem to have had a standard pattern of a day of snow, a day of recovery, a day of melting, then the whole thing repeats itself. The picture to the right is Gizmo Guy shovelling last November. The banks on either side of the car are now as high as the cars. They’d probably be to the top of the first roof if we hadn’t had those melting periods.
Is anyone else fed up of seeing these notices?
A STORM IS CURRENTLY OVER ALABAMA AND WILL PUSH NORTHWARD TODAY GIVING SIGNIFICANT SNOW TO MOST OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO. IT APPEARS THAT THE SNOW WILL COME IN TWO DOSES. THE FIRST ROUND WILL BEGIN AS EARLY AS THIS AFTERNOON FOR SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO AND NIAGARA THEN LATER TODAY IN EASTERN ONTARIO. WE MAY HAVE A BRIEF REPRIEVE OVERNIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING WHERE SNOW MAY BECOME LIGHT AND MORE INTERMITTENT. .(some snipped).
Is anyone else ready to shake their fist at the sky and say “Hey, Mother Nature – We are freakin’ fed up with snow!”
Oh, sure, it looks pretty. Yes, I know, it is needed to fill up the lakes and rivers and wells and reservoirs. But, two nights ago, Gizmo Guy stomped into the house – growling. Yes, growling! Gizmo Guy never growls. Thanks to the huge pile of snow left by the plough, he couldn’t get into the driveway. I pleaded illness and managed to squirm my way out of shovelling, so he grabbed the boys to help him shovel. And thanks to constantly bottoming out on the drifts up at Mom’s place, my car has lost part of its exhaust system. So the mechanic who will have to repair my car is smiling, as is any one in the drug industry profiting from the aching muscles caused by moving all that frickin’ white stuff.
So come on, Mother Nature! Enough is enough!
THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS THEN EXPECTED IN THE SECOND ROUND BEGINNING MIDDAY SATURDAY IN THE SOUTHWEST AND IN THE AFTERNOON OVER EASTERN ONTARIO. … THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING.WILL LIKELY BE UPGRADED TO A WINTER STORM WARNING DUE TO ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AND BLOWING SNOW AS THE SECOND ROUND APPROACHES. STORM TOTALS MAY BE 20 TO 30 CENTIMETRES ALONG AND EAST OF A LINE FROM LONG POINT TO THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE THEN TO PETAWAWA. THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR 30 TO 50 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW OVER THE NIAGARA PENINSULA AND PARTS OF EASTERN ONTARIO.
I missed last month’s TRW meeting because of snow. Now tomorrow’s annual critique session where my first five pages are supposed to be critiqued by Kelley Armstrong is under threat of a double system moving in. They’re calling for at least 25 centimeters of snow (that’s about a foot for those metrically challenged.) The meeting will go on for those able to attend, but already I’m seeing emails from those of us outside of TO cancelling out.
BEHIND THIS SYSTEM STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS TO 70 KM/H ARE POSSIBLE. ON SATURDAY STRONG WINDS COMBINED WITH FRESH SNOW WILL CAUSE BLOWING SNOW TO LOWER VISIBILITIES AND CREATE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FROM HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ARE POSSIBLE SO TRAVELLERS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO CHANGE THEIR PLANS ACCORDINGLY. (snipped the rest)
I’ve been working hard all week editing those first five pages. In fact what I now have barely resembles that I started with. Oh, it’s better. It’s got visceral emotion, more showing, less telling. I’m happy with it and I needed it to get done anyway but now I may not get to yet another meeting because of another freakin’ snowstorm. Come on, Mother Nature, cut us some slack! How often do you get to have your work critiqued by a NY Times best selling author?