Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Weathered 2008

Well it is the end of the year. I don't know about you, but I have gained a lot of weather memories this year, including the "spring forward snow storm" in March, which brought 18 inches of snow, to beautiful storms in the plains to the "summer of rainbows", which brought a lot of high precipitation storms and still plenty of sunshine, and a very snowy autumn. Also including recent events such as more rainfall and major flooding in nearby towns and strong winds across the region. I would have to say that 2008 has been well weathered and is going out with a big chill.

Kitchener-Waterloo has made its third wettest on record since records have been kept in 1915, with 1,160.7 mm recorded at the University of Waterloo weather station. It was just shy of the record set in 1985 of 1,186.4 mm.

You can read Canada's top weather stories for 2008 here
You can also check out the U of W weather station blog here

May you have a very storm filled 2009!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter Morning

To all my readers, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year! The days are getting longer.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blowing snow

Ok I decided to get brave and run outside tonight. Man it's insane out there! Blowing snow everywhere with almost 0 visibility and not to mention a drift on our lawn that looks to be almost at my waist. I wanted to walk through it but I didn't have my big winter boots on and I did not want snowy pants either.

I grabbed my mother's camera because I still gotta charge the batteries for mine. These pictures are not the greatest, but this is what you get with point and shoot cameras at night. They really don't do justice of what is was really like.

Merry Crispness

No that isn't a spelling error... it really is crisp outside, with a current wind chill reading of -18F (-28C). This weekend, southern Ontario was walloped by two snowstorms. One on Friday which brought about 8 inches of the white stuff, and one last night. I am not sure how much new snow fell last night because there was a lot of blowing and drifting snow. We do have a rather big snow drift on our front lawn. No, lawn is not the word... front arctic view might work better.

I was tempted to charge the camera batteries, but after watching the "snownado" out there, I chickened out and just sat on the couch inside the warm house. I am a big wimp when it comes to cold weather. I don't mind the snow and I must admit it looks rather pretty after a snowfall, but unfortunately the cold comes with it.

Sure, the latest snowbombs do not top the big snow dump we had last March (18 inches), but with these two storms combined, we gained a lot of new fresh snow, and another one coming on Christmas. It will depend on where the rain/snow line falls... Environment Canada is calling for either rain or snow. I hope it doesn't rain because that will make the new snow ugly looking and the rain will just turn into ice anyways.

Well I guess it could be worse... I could be living in the northern plains dealing with the arctic surge of extreme cold air. Yes... I am a big wimp.

In other news, if you're a member of, be sure to keep Sunday, Jan. 4th at 9pm Central open... Scott will be bringing in another big guest! More details coming soon. You can also read the chat transcript with Reed Timmer here.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Courtesy while Shopping

I went out shopping with my mother and sister yesterday. As we pulled into the parking lot, it was obviously pretty packed. Lots of busy people are rushing to grab items for Christmas baking or finding that hard to get present for their loved one. Lots of rushing and crowding. Unfortunately what else comes with it is lack of courtesy for other shoppers.

As one person was about to pull out from their parking spot, we signaled our lights to take that spot next because it was in front of the store we wanted to go to. All of a sudden, some lady in her own little world decides to signal for the same spot as well, and pulls right into the spot after the other car leaves. Then what does she do? Gets her kid out and walks, not into the store, but way further down the parking lot to some other store! Not only did she steal our spot but she also had the nerve to go somewhere else. We did manage to get another spot in front of the store, but that is besides the point. Why on earth would you steal someone else's spot and not even go to that store? Why not pick a spot closer to the store you are going to? It would make it more convenient for people who are going to that store, don't you think?

I would never do this to someone else. It just wouldn't feel right. Please for pete's sakes, show some courtesy for other people this Holiday season. You are not the only one in this world. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Special Guest Chat

Steve Miller OK from announced tonight that on there will be a special guest chat on December 14th at 9 pm Central, featuring Discovery Storm Chasers star and fellow chaser, Reed Timmer. This will be a moderated live question and answer chat about the show or anything else you would like to know. So be sure to book this one in your schedule, it will be a fun evening!