Monday, March 9, 2009

Whither Weather?

Much as we love Victoria and the general region of the Pacific Northwest, we confess that there are times where one misses the, um, weather consistency of Florida.

To wit, here’s a shot taken yesterday, as I was running around downtown as part of the “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” promotion:

Nippy, but sunny and clear. Afternoon temp was around 5/6°C (that’s 42-44°F)

Eighteen hours later, here’s the scene greeting us today:

Yes, that’s snow (and fog). Current temperature -1°C (30°F), though it was down to -4°C (25°F) a little while ago. It’s been snowing for a few hours now, and while there’s no chance of it becoming the foot-and-a-half or so we got during xmas week, it doesn’t look ready to stop anytime soon. We’re generally fine with that, since we don’t have to do any driving and shovel any walks (well, Heather might have to, but that’s at work so at least she gets paid to do so), but it’s just so different from yesterday. That + the change to daylight savings time = jarring!

It must be a lot of fun work to be a BC weatherperson compared to Florida!


Jim Donato said...

The NOAA has their National Climactic Data Center in Asheville specifically due to the extreme weather volatility present in the WNC mountains, so I know exactly what you mean. And how in Hades did Canada get sucked into that insane expansion of Daylight Savings Time along with the Lower 48??!!

heddo said...

There wasn't anything to shovel because the ground was warming up so it hasn't stuck by the shop. Big clumps of snow periodically fell from the roof by the observation deck because it was warming up, yet the snow continued to fall during that time and for quite some time after. I guess this is an example of typical Victoria snow.

Anonymous said...

What kind of job do you have now that makes you shovel snow?

chas_m said...

replying to Anonymous:

She works in a shop and thus part of her responsibilities would be shovelling the snow to clear a path into the store. Nothing much.

chas_m said...


This far away from the equator, DST is a *must.* At the moment we are picking up about three minutes of additional sunlight every day. By June, sunrise will start at 4:30am and sunset will finish around 10pm! If there's any case to be made for DST, it's up here!

Did I mention, however, that Newfoundland has its own time zone, one half-hour different than the other zones? Those nutty Newfies!