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Revenge of the Snow

Back on December 12th I posted: First Winter Snow 2008 - M'eh. It was looking like a standard Vancouver winter until a couple of days later. Thanks to the cold air flowing down from the artic it started snowing and hasn't melted away. Here's a picture I took a day or two after the second snowfall.

Second snow fall

And the snow has kept on coming. Sadly, I neglected to take a picture of the most recent accumulation. This picture by Roland Tanglao will give you some idea.

More Snow

I don't mind the snow after it's been cleared off the roads and sidewalks. I thoroughly hate it while it's coming down and waiting to be cleared. With more of the latter than the former, all I can say is: Go Pineapple Express!

First Winter Snow 2008 - M'eh

Yesterday there were snow warnings in the weather report. This was as bad it got in my neighbourhood. By noon it was just wet and it hasn't changed. Just as well in my books. Snow belongs on the mountains.

First snow winter 2008

Tenacious Snow

When I blogged about snowy days back in December (Welcome to December, Snow, JavaScript, and BCIT) I thought this winter would be like any other winter. One, two, maybe three snow events, where an event might last up to a week, and we'd be done with it. Not this winter!

The snow doesn't want to go a way. For a bit, it looked like it had. Then it came back. We've been getting a lot of that low grade skiffy snow that melts when it hits the ground, or stays for a just bit. Today we got the stuff that sits on the ground like jellied water. I can't remember a past winter where the snow has been this tenacious for such an extended period.

A snowy day in Vancouver just isn't news, anymore. Who'd have thunk?! But at least it isn't 20 degrees on Ontario.

Another snowy day

My Cold Weather Bag

Car cold weather bagWith the weather they're calling for this winter, even on the coast, I decided to double check my "cold weather driving bag". It's a bag I throw into my trunk come fall when the weather starts to turn, typically around the time I do my yearly Thanksgiving drive to the Okanagan or Interior.

Being a Vancouver boy the clothes I'm wearing wouldn't do for a cold overnight or getting stuck in a snow storm. The bag contains a snow suit with gloves, boots. and touque, plus a set of candles. I've read the warmth from a candle inside your car can make a big difference, though I've lain down in a snow bank in 20 below and been quite comfy in the snow suit. Either way I'm covered unless things get severe!

I've only had to use the bag once when we had the huge blizzard that shut everything down for 3 days. Was that the late 90's or early 2k's? I could have gotten by without it, but it was sure nice peace of mind when the road started to look impassable and I thought I was going to have to hunker down for a while!

Snow, JavaScript, and BCIT

Snowy North Vancouver street - the morning after the snowfall before Today I had to venture forth for an all day class at BCIT. JavaScript, in case you're curious. Ironically enough, this class had been originally scheduled for October but had been pushed back not once, but twice. The snow furies undoubtedly smacked their lips as they watched this event wandering down the calendar into their temporal neighbourhood, low hanging fruit for a little transportational mischief.

Looking off the balcony this morning it didn't look too bad for a day after the snowfall before. The weather report called for more snow, but had it turning to rain later in the day. The snow came on time, but wasn't turning to rain quickly enough for the instructor. Seems Maple Ridge was getting nailed somewhat harder than this side of the Fraser river. At least, that's what his wife was telling him.

Yours truly wasn't that worried. The nice thing about computing classes at BCIT is internet access. Checking the Ministry of Highway traffic cameras I could see the snow wasn't sticking to the road. And unlike some other years, I have really good all season tires on the ride. Unfortunately, the instructor wasn't so sanguine. A 10 minute lunch, abbreviated labs, and conversion of the final exam from in-class to take home resulted in an early day.

I had my camera with me, so I took the opportunity to wander around and take some pictures (click the thumbnail for a larger version).

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Welcome to December

As we stepped into the night air late yesterday evening my friends and I commented on how it felt like snow. Indeed.

North Shore snow

Apparently the snow furies read my blog post yesterday and thought I was missing out (there's that anthropomorphizing, again).

Judging from the amount of snow on the street versus on the mountains, there wasn't actually a lot of snow fall. It just didn't melt away because the temperature is still quite cool out there (I can't say cold, least I cause uncontrolled laughter in my relatives further inland).

Apparently the predictions are calling for a cooler than normal winter, so we can expect a lot more of the white stuff at street level in the coming months. Or so I'm told.

Welcome to December.

First Snow of Fall 2007

Last Tuesday we had the first snow of Fall/Winter 2007. It was supposed to come Monday, but this is the laid back West Coast so it took its time (Which is way too much anthropomorphizing, but sounds better than the meteorologists' explanations). I pretty much missed it where I live. The snow that did land around here melted fairly quickly. If not for hints of snow on the grass and cars, you'd have never known it happened. And the next day Grouse Mountain looked nice.

Snowy Grouse Mountain

Come Friday the snow is mostly gone from the mountain, much to the dismay of the ski resort there. As you can see from the smuggy bit (ok, zoomed copy as well) their snow machines are working hard against nature on "the Cut" ski run to keep some white stuff around.

Grouse Mountain making snow Grouse Mountain making snow (zoomed)

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