Our recent cold snap (7 days with daily highs below -20C and temperatures as low as -38 C <-46C with wind chill>) seems to have come as a surprise to many locals. I am not sure why. It is January in Central Alberta. In my 66 years (53 of them in this province) there is at least one (often more) periods of bad weather in each winter season. Blizzards, high wind chills, freezing rain and even thunder snow have all happened before.
Every year, the arrival of winter catches many off guard, furnaces break down, car batteries fail, snow tires not purchased or not installed, winter clothing and shovels missing or not handy.
There are some hard truths to learn about winter here and most folks only require one lesson to be better prepared next time, while others seem to need many reminders.
My beloved snapped this shot as we were driving about today doing a good deed.
It is winter, but I am not here to lecture you. Sitting inside my warm house yesterday, I started to notice some familiar scenes and patterns outside and so it was that I came up with today’s snow blog title. With camera in hand and title in mind, I headed out to explore.
Outside, all frosty, covered deep in fresh snow,
Old Man Winter really putting on a show.
Donning warm parka, tying up hiking boots,
popping outdoors to view winter’s attributes.
Cold biting winds begin nipping at my nose,
I’m truly thankful so little is exposed.
Eagerly setting out to view this white world,
marvelling at each artistic swoop and swirl.
Sculptured snow sill from inside the house
Deck screen art
Blanket of white
This Amur Cherry’s bark is worse than its bite
This is the vent for my 97% high efficiency furnace. They call this type of furnace a condensing furnace and the major by-product of combustion is water vapour. I have never seen this kind of ice buildup on the exhaust vent before. Some of these furnaces are prone to being blocked by ice buildup which causes the furnace to under perform or shut down. I knocked my ice block off after the photos.