Signs of Spring?

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jrose suggested someone start up this thread, so I'm jumping in. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

It's a very sunny week here, coming off a very sunny weekend with rising temperatures. Thursday and Friday here are even warmer with rain, which should help to reduce the amount of snow that has accumulated all winter.

I'm not fooled, though - March is always our worse month for winter, and there could be nasty weather ahead for us. But at least right now and for a few days we can get out and enjoy a sunny reprieve. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

Michelle

It was gorgeous here on Saturday. It really felt like the beginning of spring! Then yesterday and today, it froze right up and it's really cold.

I'm dying for spring! I can fool myself by looking out at the bright sunshine today, at least.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I took my skidoo for a long run yesterday - the trails are perfect. Really need sunglasses here, because the sun reflecting off the white snow - as far as you can see in the distance - will lead to snow blindness, otherwise. Today I'm digging my truck out of the snow, in preparation for the warm rain we are expecting Thursday and Friday. I don't expect to get the truck on the road until at least mid-April, however.

Geneva

I checked the Montreal weather at The Gazette site today : minus 10 !

Cannot remember a St Patricks Day there where it was like that -- usually just grey, slushy, lousy weather but above zero

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Wow! This is one of the very fews day in the year (decade? century?) when the Lower North Shore of Quebec is warmer than Montreal. Current temp is -2C, almost t-shirt weather for us. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]

rural - Francesca rural - Francesca's picture

we've had a few flocks of geese

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

I've put my parka to pasture, the longest skating rink in the world is now closed, the Brier's done, organizing for the Winnipeg Folk Festival has already begun, ... and the smell of thawing dogshit is not far off.

martin dufresne

And in Montreal, we've had a few geeks flossing... Love Is In the Air!

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

The spring equinox occurs at 5:48 a.m. UTC (that's GMT to you) on Thursday March 20. It happens simultaneously in all time zones, so for example it will be 1:48 a.m. EDT.

The sun at that instant will be directly above the Equator, creating equal amounts of daylight and darkness at all latitudes (except the polar regions, where it will simply circle around the entire horizon for 24 hours).

The full moon occurs on Friday March 21. This is why Easter is so early this year; it's always on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring.

Why does spring always seem so short? Is it just in Toronto, or does most of Canada experience the phenomenon where you're heating your home one day and then two days later you're complaining about the sweltering heat?

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

In Vancouver spring starts on Wednesday, March 19 at 22:48.

No matter how you look at it BC gets spring earlier than any other part of Canada. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]

Edited because I can't spell.

[ 17 March 2008: Message edited by: kropotkin1951 ]

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Environment Canada is a lot more confident about its forecast for the start of spring over the next month, and is calling for below normal temperatures across the country.

Through May, the forecast is colder than normal for the territories, the provinces west of Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the northern half of Quebec.

Most of the country is also expected to get above-average rainfall.

- Canadian Press

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

quote:


Originally posted by M. Spector:
[b]Environment Canada is a lot more confident about its forecast for the start of spring over the next month, and is calling for below normal temperatures across the country.

Through May, the forecast is colder than normal for the territories, the provinces west of Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the northern half of Quebec.

Most of the country is also expected to get above-average rainfall.

- Canadian Press[/b]


In Vancouver spring starts on Wednesday, March 19 at 22:48 not next month.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

And having started on March 19, does it not in fact continue "over the next month"?

sanizadeh

quote:


Originally posted by M. Spector:
[b]The spring equinox occurs at 5:48 a.m. UTC (that's GMT to you) on Thursday March 20. It happens simultaneously in all time zones, so for example it will be 1:48 a.m. EDT.
[/b]

Yep. There will be many Iranians, Kurds, Afghans and Tajiks up at that time of night. Celebrating the start of the Persian new year.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Will they also be resetting their watches to 12 midnight?

clersal

A couple of days ago I was going to write that yes, Spring had really started in my neck of the woods.

Snow melting. Water running down the roads. Nice hot sun so even the cats were staying out.

I retract what I almost wrote. It is mild but we have already got 30cm of snow and expect another 10 and I hate winter. I hate snow. I hate the bloody heating bill, taxes and all the rest! [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]

lagatta

I hate all that but I hate even more deeply not being able to ride my bicycle and get into shape. Sure, I walk (I can't run) but it is not enough in terms of exercise.

Geneva

projected - 5 C average over Easter weekend??
[url=http://tinyurl.com/2rshzj]http://tinyurl.com/2rshzj[/url]

Montreal is cold, but this is a historically long and cold winter .... may spring come soon!

Play ball !! [img]eek.gif" border="0[/img]

[ 20 March 2008: Message edited by: Geneva ]

lagatta

It wasn't nearly as cold a year ago. I don't know how I can keep from getting very, very depressed (this means isolation and not enough exercise).

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Welcome to Climate Change: more extreme weather of all kinds - hot, cold, wet, dry, tornadoes, hurricanes, and snow. Better get used to it.

Michelle

Happy No Rooz to those who celebrate it!

lagatta, I hear you. I walked to the streetcar stop today thinking, some first day of spring this is. At least it's sunny. But it's not nearly warm enough for my liking!

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

We're wating for a storm to hit us, and it will remain until Sunday: [url=http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/qc-125_metric_e.html#detailsf]... winter storm[/url] - then on Monday it gets cold again. [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]

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Caissa

Freezing rain closed the schools here in Saint John today.

Stephen Gordon

We're in the middle of another 30cm snowstorm, on track to top 500cm for the season.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

It snowed here a bit last night, but seems to have melted off the roofs and sidewalks. Of course, it is very icy anyway -- it thaws by day and still goes down to around -10 at night -- but there is a little more bare pavement every day. The snowbanks aren't really snow anymore -- mostly ice crystals with a crunchy surface layer.

lagatta

I walked to Jean-Talon market to pick up a few things and get some air - I have a BAD computer headache - and a mum was telling her little kids not to eat the snow; it was disgusting (and it was, you know when it has those nice crunchy black bits on top?). Not even mentioning the exposed dogshit and cigarette packs and butts...

In spite of everything a lot of it has melted. And Renzo has just marked his territory on the balcony (wee drop of pee). Guess that is a sign of spring as well...

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

We have exposed mud in the back yard today. Luna, our English Setter pup, has officially become "Slough-foot Lou". It'll be another month before there aren't dog-prints all over the floor from Luna and Kali sneaking off the back landing and trucking through the dining room.

We took the wild girls to kung fu class this morning and there were a long row of bright-coloured rubber boots in the front hall -- there are only 3 boys in the whole class, and all the girls had their boots on today. Kind of cool in the context, I thought. [img]cool.gif" border="0[/img]

And thanks for the reminder, lagatta -- I'd better get out the cat repellent before Yugioh, the neighbor's (un-neutered!) tomcat marks my front door/porch furniture... [img]eek.gif" border="0[/img]

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

quote:


Originally posted by Stephen Gordon:
[b]We're in the middle of another 30cm snowstorm, on track to top 500cm for the season.[/b]

500 cm = 196 inches or 16 feet (!!!!) according to [url=http://www.france-property-and-information.com/quick_metric_converter.ht... handy converter[/url]. [img]eek.gif" border="0[/img]

Stephen Gordon

I'm pretty sure you've had more out there.

Are people scrambling to shovel off their roofs? We noticed a few disquieting cracks in the plaster, so I've been spending most of the weekend shoveling snow off the roof. It was up to 5' deep in some parts.

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Stephen, I don't think we have anywhere near as much snow as you have. There's a lot of [i]drifting[/i] snow, however, thanks to the high winds we get. The only building I've seen with snow on the roof is the school, and I think that snow has been removed. The wind generally blows all the snow off the buildings here.

ETA: more snow expected here soon, with 70 kph wind.

ETA: Stephen, I think you have [b]double[/b] the amount of snow that we've had this winter.

[ 22 March 2008: Message edited by: Boom Boom ]

Geneva

the end is near:
after a cold Easter, forecast for Montreal is 5C midweek and lots of rain;

after that I predict SPRING !!!

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Here on the Quebec coast, tomorrow night our wind chill is forecast to be -34C, with snow tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday. Enough, already! [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]

Geneva

I doubt it was 34C up there [img]eek.gif" border="0[/img]

but even 34 F would be an improvement and a sign of spring ....

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I think you missed the "minus" sign in my post. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]

Geneva

wa-hoo ! [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img] [img]rolleyes.gif" border="0[/img]

ElizaQ ElizaQ's picture

Still patchy snow, but I can see the ground. It warms up enough to be mud!
Saw a woodpecker yesterday and a about a dozen morning doves perched on the hydro wire.
Little critters seem to be making their way out, smelled a skunk the other day and have seen more chippies and squirks.

lagatta

Stephen, be VERY careful.

I think Quйbec got about the worst of it - some of the worst snowfalls blew over here. I'm not actually surprised that Quйbec might get more snow than the Lower North Shore, although the latter is obviously colder.

Although it is still cold here (damn!) the snow seems to be sort of evaporating in the bright sunshine.

1234567

The sun is out here and it looks like it's going to be one of those sunny and warm winter days where sunglasses are a must because of the bright snow. I went out on the ice road yesterday, it was so slippery so I did donuts! I had so much fun! Living where it is so cold really makes you appreciate spring and summer!

Geneva

Montreal forecast:
a week above O C for the first time since November, and loads of rain:
[url=http://www.cbc.ca/weather/conditions.jsp?station=YUL]http://www.cbc.ca/w...

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

We had a brutal winter storm yesterday and last night. I'm just back from feeding the birds - and there's a lot of them. Snow drifts all over the place. Presently -18C and windchill -30C and it'll be cold for the rest of the week, and still more snow on the way Wednesday and Thursday. Gawd, won't it ever end? [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]

Stephen Gordon

It's -20C here, but at least there's no wind.

Mйtйomйdia's forecast has temperatures that will be below the seasonal average for the next [b]two weeks[/b], and snow is forecast for at least half of it...

rural - Francesca rural - Francesca's picture

It's frickin -12C out with another 6 cm of fresh snow.

I'm so fed up with this. I can stand a wintry March, but I get very upset with a consistently wintry April.

I want to hear the trickle of melting snow! We've got the sunshine, but we're still below 0

remind remind's picture

The snow was almost gone on the valley floor here in the Rockies, after several weeks of melting. Then this am we wake to 6", though it is only -2, so it should start to melt. However, not before we have to shovel.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Today, for the first time this winter, the Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) have returned. Beautiful little birds they are.

rural - Francesca rural - Francesca's picture

I love snow buntings!

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I love Snow Buntings - but why haven't they been here before today?

Same thing last year and previous years - no Snow Buntings until March. [img]confused.gif" border="0[/img]

oldhat

*looks out window and sees the high winds blowing snow all over the place*

*cries because she lives in Toronto*

Frankly, I'm pretty snowed-out and what's not helping is that I'm hearing that despite it being Spring, Toronto will continue to be cold and snowy until May.

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I dug out my truck last week in beautiful sunny weather, then, two nights ago, we were hit with one blizzard after another, so this morning, looking at my truck completely buried in snow, I said to hell with it. I'm [i]tired[/i], man. [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

lagatta

Geneva, we've had several melts and thaws since November, fortunately as there is a hell of a lot of frigging snow.

I'm going out for a walk now, and to pick up some food for supper. One sign of Spring I could do without is all the frigging cigarette butts everywhere - and I have seen small children and animals poking at them - yecch!

That and the dogshit but at least dogshit is natural. Not good fertiliser though, as dogs are carnivores.

Renzo (my cat) is getting soft in his elder cathood; he hasn't been out since the November storms, and thus I know he has not provided any little surprises for me to clean up soon - but still, we have to do a garden and yard cleanup at the co-op.

Geneva

well, my sources
[url=http://www.cbc.ca/weather/conditions.jsp?station=YUL]http://www.cbc.ca/w...

say rain rain and warmer ( +2C) the next few days
winter has to end, eventually ...

APRIL, for crying out loud, is around the corner!!

[ 25 March 2008: Message edited by: Geneva ]

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