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stargazer
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Our latest storm is wrapping up, though more snow is still expected. We more than doubled the season snowfall total so far (which was paltry by local standards), even if the calendar says spring. 😉

The biggest storm was Sunday into Monday, when we got about 10 inches (255mm) of wet, heavy, "heart-attack" snow. Last night there was a brief time when we got light rain, compacting the snow somewhat and making for treacherous driving conditions, and today we've received about 4 inches (100mm) of "wrap-around" snow as the large low-pressure area moves off to the east.

It looks a lot like Christmas out there, but upcoming expected warmth means that at least some of this may melt by Easter.

But all night, Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.

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Posted : March 26, 2024 11:59 am
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waggawerewolf27
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Posted by: @stargazer

Our latest storm is wrapping up, though more snow is still expected. We more than doubled the season snowfall total so far (which was paltry by local standards), even if the calendar says spring. ;)....

It looks a lot like Christmas out there, but upcoming expected warmth means that at least some of this may melt by Easter.

Wow! Odd that our autumn, so far, was almost the reverse of what you have been describing. March has been unseasonably warm, hotter in the first 2 weeks than it was last Summer, except for two or three heat waves that hovered around the late 30's to 40 degrees C mark, at worst. Now, it is becoming how I see traditional Easter weather, here. Perhaps cloudy or even stormy on Good Friday and clearing beautifully by Sunday morning. I can't really imagine Good Friday snow of any kind. 

Though I've been in Greece, Istanbul & Gallipoli, & around the Aegean Sea, & the weather there, between 14-25 April of 2015, was slightly chillier than it was in Sydney, later in autumn, there never was the slightest hint of snow, nor was there any in Paris or on "Flanders Fields", near the Belgian border, the following two days.  

 

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Topic starter Posted : March 26, 2024 7:03 pm
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Spring has sprung here in SW Ontario. While there were wannabe flurries last weekend, nothing much developed, 'though our chance for snow is present for a few weeks yet. I keep saying I still hope for one more good snowstorm. But that is unlikely. Giggle   And we certainly cannot plant any annuals or seed the gardens until later May, as there is a risk of frost until then.

The grass is green (that lovely, healthy spring green) and growing. Time to get the riding mower out to see how it fared over the winter! The bulb flowers are out everywhere: crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips are well on their way. Snowdrops are finished.

Our daytime temps over the next week range from high single digits (Celsius) to mid-teens, with some good rain on half those days. At nighttime, however, we are hovering around freezing, either a bit above or a bit below Smile ... except for tonight, which is forecast to be warm for this time of year here at 10°C / 50F, with thunderstorms.


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Posted : April 17, 2024 10:37 am
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Spring has arrived here as well. Over an inch of rain (30mm) fell the other day, helping to reduce the ongoing drought. It certainly greened up the grass and the trees are budding and starting to bloom (and contributing pollen to my allergies!).

The high last Saturday was 86F/29C, but frost advisories are up for the next few nights. Ah, spring indeed!

But all night, Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.

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Posted : April 18, 2024 7:57 pm
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This past weekend had a variety of weather.  Friday and Saturday were generally pleasant, allowing us to see Northern Lights both nights and enjoy a backyard fire with friends.

The heat was on Sunday, with a near-record high of 88F/31C. Then in late afternoon, a cold front blew through and brought thick wildfire smoke all the way from British Columbia. The air became thick and hazy, and had a burnt smell. One reporter said "The air tastes like wet paper towels."  Giggle My nose is certainly complaining!

So the sun was dimmed and orange, and only a couple of the brightest stars were faintly visible after dark. Right now the sky may be clear but there is a low gray haze over everything. The air quality warning is "unhealthy for everyone."

But a wind shift later today is expected that will clear this out for now, but a lot more smoke is expected over the summer.

 

But all night, Aslan and the Moon gazed upon each other with joyful and unblinking eyes.

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Posted : May 13, 2024 10:13 am
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Here in Christchurch NZ it's late autumn, and we've been has dealt quite a few frosty mornings already, although I don't recall this as normal. The last of my autumn flowers have perished in the -6 frost. This is unusual, but we're told that temperatures will be above average this winter. This, I remind myself, is why I have so many warm winter clothes. Warm clothes are not just for outdoors, but for inside the house. We don't have central heating, and I usually heat only the room I'm in, to help keep the power bill down. Some people have log burner fires, and a few have gas fires or old open fireplaces. 

A frosty morning turns into a sunny day, which is lovely inside. 

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Posted : May 13, 2024 2:24 pm
waggawerewolf27
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@coracle: Here in Christchurch NZ it's late autumn, and we've been has dealt quite a few frosty mornings already, although I don't recall this as normal.

It isn't quite normal when for the past 2 weeks we've had quite the drop in May temperatures from a sharp Antarctic cold blast. Weather seems to travel from West to East, the opposite direction to the sunrise. So, I expect that you would have had a sharp cold snap, that in our case, just across the Ditch, is only just drying out, with a bit of a sprinkle of snow, on Sunday/Monday in the allegedly Snowy Mountains in Southern NSW.  

Like you, we don't have central heating, though we do have reverse-cycle air conditioning, if it gets too cold. Warm clothes & a throw-over or rug & maybe heat pads or hot-water bottles, or just going to bed early, might help to reduce electricity consumption. Unfortunately, warming up heat pads in a microwave oven might cause the microwave to explode, which happened once in our staff room, when I was still working, some years ago & so leave me very dubious about using heat pads. 

Did anyone get to see the allegedly expanded Auroras Borealis or Auroras Australis, associated with a sharp Solar storm last Sunday, I think it was? It was still rainy here, & rather heavily, so we didn't get to see it, being a little too far north, anyway, I expect. 

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Topic starter Posted : May 14, 2024 12:53 am
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Speaking of the weather... 

 

This is from our local meteorologist's FB page:

 

BREAKING: This severe thunderstorm has been classified by the Storm Prediction Center as a rare "derecho" windstorm, with a NASA damage connection from Space City, Texas all the way to Cape Canaveral, Florida! The damage path of wind reports on this map, which started in Austin, Texas, stretches for over 1,000 miles!!!

A derecho is a storm that produces wind damage for at least 400 miles and includes several well-separated gusts of at least 75 miles per hour. Wind speeds in Cypress, Houston, and Baytown reached speeds up to 100 mph at times.

Additionally, an EF-1 tornado with 110 mph winds embedded within the derecho has been confirmed in Cypress, Texas.

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Posted : May 17, 2024 3:08 pm
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