I was looking at temperatures around the country this morning and while some areas were cold, they were not as cold as I remember it. (in the good old days) I remember forty and fifty below but though it still happens, it doesn't happen nearly as often......Like the snow drifting up to the 2nd story eavestrough.
Snowed for the second day here in Kelowna just enough to put snow down on the
driveway, trouble is the driveway is more than a quarter mile long. If more comes
before the expected rain I will have to get the tractor out. Its why pickup trucks
have four wheel drive right, god I hate winter.
Chinook weather. I watched a Doc on Alta's Chinooks called "The Snow-Eater", a name given to the phenomena by natives. Chinook winds carry such power that wind turbines have to be shut down and dust storms can close down highways for a time. Time-lapse photography was used, which graphically illustrated why 'snow-eater' is such an apt name. In less than a two hour period all the snow in a meadow, which looked to be about two feet deep, simply melted away. Chinooks even have their own particular cloud formation too, though I cannot remember the name given to it.
I'd take the snowy weather over the apparent thaw we have coming.
I'm not looking forward to it one bit.
I'm afraid we prefer our precipitation in liquid form. Our driveway from the house to the street is about seventy feet. On just one of the occasions last winter when we had a foot of snow dumped on us, it took me over two hours to clear the driveway. About the time I got finished, the wonderful city snowplow came by and left a three foot high wall of wet snow and ice across the end of the driveway. I just loved them for that..
We had some "improvements" to our street last Summer when they put in a new water main and a new storm sewer as well as new pavement and a new sidewalk on the other side of the road.....The city has informed people on the other side of the road that they are responsible for keeping the sidewalk clear of snow where it runs in front of their property and that there would be a fine for not keeping it clear.
When the city snowplows come by, guess where the snow ends up? I'll tell you. The city snowplow leaves the great long pile of snow right on the sidewalk.
If I had just finished clearing that damn sidewalk and the plow filled it up again, I might want to do something irrational.
There was a article in the paper Juan saying that all property owners were responsible for the snow in front of their homes. I'd like to know exactly what the city is responsibe for. They don't know how to use snow plows here in the first place. It's the only place I have lived that they don't even know how or where to pile snow in place like the Woodgrove Shopping Centre. The street in front of where I live is obviously a place the city needs to clear and they don't clear any. I think they should be sued and one day when someone gets killed for walking on the road instead of the snowy sidewalk, they will get sued and they will have to clear them. Apparently a Duncan woman (pedestrian) was killed about 2.5 hours ago but I don't know if that is the kind of reason or not. Yesterday, a couple of young fellows were walking by the front of the house(s) on the road because the sidewalk was full of very very wet snow and a van came by, without slowing down and just soaked one of the guys. Not nice and not necessary. You can phone Public Works and put in a complaint if they are blocking you in like that. When we lived in Prince George, the guy was super nice. He woud lift his blade at every driveway. Took him a little longer but it was truly appreciated.
VanIsle I don't like shoveling snow that naturally falls on my driveway but I will do it because we occasionally need to get in and out of our driveway. I would even shovel the sidewalk if we had one.......What I don't understand is how the city can dig up the wet snow and ice from the street and put it wherever they like, and private citizens are responsible for cleaning up the mess.
You don't get how the precedent is the safety of the road? And that if you want individual entrances cleaned, you're welcome to petition and get your taxes raised to pay for the extra equipment and man time? I'm pretty sure you get all that just fine juan.
You west coasters sound like a bunch of whiners.
I have offered twenty dollars but so far no takers.. When I was twelve my whole paper route didn't make me twenty dollars a month.