Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A flower in a time of wind and snow

Here are some warm and calm thoughts - visual coziness as a wicked blizzard descends on the Kivalliq. The weather hasn't updated in over an hour - but needless to say - visibility is somewhat less that 50 m - I can just make out shadows of people walking down the road and even this solid box of a building is rattling with the gusts. There is a lot of loose snow on the ground and plenty more to come if they weather-folk are telling it right. They are also saying that there will be 90 km/h sustained winds with gusts of up to 120 km/h. The weather is bad enough that I wouldn't venture out into it. Even people with proper northern parkas are hunched against the wind - makes it extra nice to be inside and sipping tea - a good day for a fire place if I had one. I recall reading stories about blizzards in the Little House on the Prairie books. The kind where you had to run string from the barn to the house so Pa wouldn't get lost when he goes to milk the cows. I grew up in a treed part of the world, so the only time visibility was poor is when it was foggy. I have no childhood experience with true blizzards, and I don't think I'll ever call a snowstorm a blizzard again..... sort like how 8 summers at Doe Lake changed my criteria for what constitutes a downpour. This however, looks to be the most severe blizzard I've experienced yet. We don't usually have winds this strong or so much falling and fresh snow. We are going to have some wild drifts I think by the time this is done. I am suffering from just a bit of that childhood wonder at storms - curious to see what that mix of snow and wind will do. I guess the ability to still feel wonder is a gift as is the ability to be warm and dry in wild weather and a blizzard of this scale makes up just a bit for the fact that I'm not going to see the spate of wicked northern lights they are promising, although thus far I haven't missed anything as far as I can tell.

I promise to take some pictures in a day or two showing what 100 km/hr wind does to loose snow.


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