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Winter IV

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Shiver me timbers!


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We've been under a "Winter storm warning in effect" since last night but it looks like the storm is just starting now. Windy, a bit of snow - with 15 cm / six inches of the white stuff to follow, could be a lot of drifts all over the place when it ends probably tomorrow morning. Because there's so little snow on the ground here - mostly it's just thick ice everywhere - our supply ship has been extended to the end of February; usually by the third week of January it makes a final trip before going into drydock until April. As I mentioned in the former thread, for many on the Quebec coast, we need lots of snow and cold weather to make the skidoo supply chain passable - as well as for the hockey tournaments and winter carnivals, and for folks to travel up and down the coast where there are no connecting roads. So, since there's almost no snow anywhere here, the supply ship is on for another month.


Gaian
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The "skidoo supply chain", Boomer... what supplies are transported by snowmobile and what does the supply ship supply that would be distributed by snowmobile in a cold, snowy winter ? Intrigued...

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Normally, after the supply ship goes into drydock, all the necessities - including fresh veggies and fruits - are shipped by road from Sept-Iles to Natashquan, and our local grocers use their skidoo and komatik to go and get them for sale here, also gas and oil by the same method. Normally, fresh fruits and veggies are flown (at great expense) to airports in Chevery and St. Augustine and grocers from local communities use their skidoos and komatiks to get their share of these. However, with no snow road anywhere, the only option is the supply ship which stops at most villages on the coast.

 

(corrected for clarity - I hope it's clear)


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Me on my skidoo pulling a komatik full of chopped firewood.


Caissa
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Winter seems to be bypassing southern NB. It was +7 when I came in to work this morning and it had rained all last night.


Gaian
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Boom Boom wrote:

Me on my skidoo pulling a komatik full of chopped firewood.

A komatik, new one for future use, tnx Boomer.

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Once again, the weather is a top news story when it happens in central canada.

(it was at the top of the page until it got bumped by news of the Keystone announcement)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/18/weather-wrap.html

There are usually a couple of days each winter when the coldest place on earth is here in Saskatchewan, or somewhere else in western Canada (today it is in alaska), but normal winter weather doesn't usually make the news when it arrives here (as it did two days ago when we woke up to -38 before wind chill).

 


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Gaian wrote:
A komatik, new one for future use, tnx Boomer.

I've got two - one from 1996, and a new one made last winter, both by local people. Everyone here has at least two, I know someone with about a dozen of 'em, just keep fixing them up. Those who have more than two komatiks are usually those who go into the woods for wood - both for lumber and firewood, and own a portable sawmill. One guy here has a sawmill and pays local people to go and get wood for him using his komatiks. All our sleds (komatiks) are made from local cut spruce, and have plastic runners on the skiis.

I don't go into the bush anymore since my arthritis got bad about four years ago.


Boom Boom
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I wonder if this comes with a reverse gear? Laughing


Boom Boom
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We're back to normal - very cold weather, deep snow, and strong wind.


Boom Boom
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Have an old Rolls Royce gathering dust? Put it to work!

 


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What is this winter rumour I keep hearing about? It was ten degrees today out in the land of the lotus eaters.


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-15C here right now, and I have five feet of snow in front of the garage that I have to move just to get the snow blower out!!!  I'm putting out a call for help tomorrow - it's more than I can manage.

 

ETA: Just checked - we're still under a winter storm warning here.


Boom Boom
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It's really unbelievable how much snow blew here - the drift in front of the garage was five feet high, and the whole length of the driveway right to the back of the lot was three feet deep of hard, packed snow. Thanks to a local that I pay to work on this, I now have a clear path to the garage and to my firewood. What a job that was! I would have had a heart attack if I did it myself. And I have really bad arthritis now. I have a small snow blower, am thinking of investing in a much bigger one. Anyone have experience in those Honda snow blowers with tractor threads?


Gaian
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Sounds as though you should begin with a snow fence, Boomer, and plant a line of small coniferous next spring. At least protecting the garage entrance with its snowblower, to start.

Boom Boom
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I think I'll keep the snow blower outside the garage for the rest of the winter. Embarassed I have a heavy tarp I can cover it with.


Boom Boom
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Just finished moving yesterday's snow from the blizzard. I give thanks there's no significant snow in our forecast for a least a week now. Was very cold last night, and windy. Starting to warm up now, the windchill is only -25C. (that's two blizzards with heavy snow that we've had in the space of three days)


Boom Boom
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Today's lesson is: just looking at the snow doesn't make it go away.

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Well, it's been very mild here all winter, Boom Boom.  I've only shovelled three times since December.  And at that, they were pretty quick and easy jobs.  I did rake the snow off the kitchen roof, once, but as it turned out I really didn't have to.

And, I kind of expected to see a few freezing rain events here, what with temperatures oscillating below and above freezing, but we haven't had that yet-- though some is forecast for tonight.

I don't miss the shovelling, I can tell you.  But weeks of winter with no snow cover sure makes for a bleak and dreary landscape.

I'm no expert on snowblowers, having only owned one ancient model that has since bitten the dust.  But what I'd look for is a lot of Horse Power, in your case 12 at least. (don't know what the cc equivelant is) And, electric start-- probably standard equipment with new ones of that size anyway.

Best way might be to just see what everyone else around you is using, and ask them how it preforms.

 


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Thanks, Tommy. I'm the only one in the community using a snowblower at home - the only other ones are at the clinic, and the skating rink. I'll have a look at them and see how they're performing. I saw a photo of a garden tractor hooked up to a good sized snowblower - that might be the ticket for me. My current machine has electric start, and has been very reliable. I just want a bigger one.

I need to keep the snow cleared as I use my truck to bring firewood from my woodshed to my house all winter. Too tight a space to use the skidoo.


Gaian
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Speaking of "everyone else around you," Boomer...what ARE the lower north shore types saying about this definitely "odd" winter? Is there speculation about its causes, or are people there like those in Montreal who a Globe essayist says are afraid to give the cause a name, for fear of revealing their "values?" I'm curious as heck. (see the climate change thread).

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Not much comment so far, Gaian. I'll keep asking. Meanwhile, WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT - it's been hitting us for three hours so far, windows are snowed in with sticky snow, have to go out and clear them off. I hope the roof stays on. I've been telling folks that if they see me sailing by, be sure to wave. "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore".


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Sorry Boomer, that ;piece from the Globe was used in an exchange with someone in another thread. You will note that the author says the ABSENCE of discussion or mention of this winter IS significant: "...essays in the Globe, i.e. "Where did winter go?" (Feb. 21) Megan Durnford first observed that "Everone's noticed the warm weather and lack of snow in my Montreal hometown,but many people don't want to talk about it...." "Then I got it. Talking about wacky weather is ultimately a reflection of one's viewpoint regarding climate change. "Is a modified climate the price we have to pay to fully exploit oil and gas resources? Or does climate change represent an unacceptable threat to life on Earth? Comments on the weather are no longer innocuous space-fillers; they are glimpses into your value system. "Weather used to be a safe topic becauase we, mere mortals, felt that we had no control over its vagaries. Talking about it was akin to commenting on the blueness of the sky or the fullness of the moon. (a personal aside, I always say "is a (winter) sky blue" anymore). "Now the international scientists agree that human activities are slowly altering the Earth's climate, talking about the weather is risky business. "There are dozens of radically different opinions on how we should respond to climate change, and so weather has joined the ranks of sex, religion, politics and other traditionally taboo subjects." ----------- And I hope that your house squishes the wicked weather witch...

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Boy, it's noisy here I can tell you. I'm glad it's not cold because I don't want to start up the wood furnace tonight - have a new furnace exhaust pipe installed, want to wait for a sunny warm day to see if it's tight.


Boom Boom
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Now is the winter of our discount tents...

Gaian
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More please, Boomer, in "this winter of our discount tents" :) i.e. 9. KARMAGEDDON (N): ........ ITS LIKE, WHEN EVERYBODY IS SENDING OFF ALL THESE REALLY BAD VIBES, RIGHT? AND THEN, LIKE, THE EARTH EXPLODES AND IT'S LIKE, A SERIOUS BUMMER. 10. DECAFALON (N.): ........ THE GRUELING EVENT OF GETTING THROUGH THE DAY CONSUMING ONLY THINGS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU.

Boom Boom
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As the winter snow turned into rain, Frosty began to realize that fame was sleeting.


Boom Boom
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Roman general in a winter ice storm, having an epileptic fit, yelled out "Hail… Seizure!"


Gaian
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Hope you grow huge cabbages this summer, Boomer.(Or whatever you like to eat that can be grown in that unfriendly climate).

RevolutionPlease
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Where'd ol' person winter go?

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