Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring is Coming

Arthur has planted some tomato and herb seeds and they are on the windowsill getting ready for spring. 

There is still lots of snow on the ground. 

Saturday Afternoon Drive

We drove out to Carman today and experienced such varied road conditions that I was compelled to document it. 

Part of the journey - in the open areas - it was snow- packed with icy hard drifts and winds gusting so hard (up to 63 km/hour) that they nearly pushed our car into oncoming traffic. 

In sheltered areas the road were bare and dry. 

The difference between the two was very sudden and clearly marked. 

We made it home safely but not everyone did; we saw an accident with emergency vehicles on scene and later another car in the ditch. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dinner with Entertainment

The city's electrical crew is installing a new transformer in our neighbourhood. We could see them working from the dining room window. 

It was quite entertaining. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

First Full Day of Spring

We are having barbecued hamburgers!

You can see Arthur's breath while he is cooking. 

Here are the weather conditions and the forecast. 

Take a look at our forecast and notice that we are in for some pretty frosty low temperatures. 

I think even the people who were wishing for a slow thaw think this is a bit too slow. 

This question has been bouncing around Winnipegers's Facebook pages:  " Why do I live in a place where it hurts to breathe?"

And so we make jokes and flip our burgers wearing our mitts. 

PS:  We've decided to eat inside because we can't get to the picnic table. 

Sunday, March 09, 2014

A Whiteout Welcome

Remember that sign I posted a few weeks ago?  It is even more covered in snow. 

Saturday, March 01, 2014

It's a DRY Snow

In the Winnipeg Free Press they had this to say in connection to the flood forecast. 

In their first flood briefing of 2014, provincial officials said the outlook looks fairly positive at this point because of a relatively "dry" snow pack and average soil moisture conditions heading into freeze-up.

So I performed a Kindergarden experiment to see how "dry" the snow is thie year. 

I filled up a measuring cup with snow - over the 1000 mL mark. 

After 2 hours it had melted quite a bit. 

The next morning there was about 375 mL of water in the cup. 

So is that "dry" or not?  I'm not sure. What I do know is that the melted snow wasn't very clean. 

Above:  BEFORE -pristine white

AFTER: you can see the dirt and leaves 

I wouldn't want to drink it!