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Strange Days

.: Like most others on the prairies, we are living through the strangest winter I can remember. It is 10 January 2006, and we have no measureable amount of snow on the ground. Random white patches scattered throughout Edmonton are reminders of distant snowfalls from November and December of 2005. Most lawns are bare and brown; daytime temperatures are well above normal. After so many weeks of this weather combined with daily increases in the amount of daylight, it’s beginning to feel as if winter may not happen this year. Famous last words, perhaps.

.: I have not posted since 31 Dec 2005, primarily because I have been too busy at the library. Having returned on January 3rd, I’ve worked to complete a column for IRSQ, e-mailed invitations to participants in the standards update, which I moderate at the SLA Annual Conference, this year to be held in Baltimore in June, 2006. I am madly trying to complete my annual report, and then begin work on the presentation I am giving (see #1722) at the OLA Superconference in Toronto on Saturday, 4 February 2006. Subsequently, I need to ready presentations to be given in at least five classes in mechanical, materials, and chemical engineering, as well as my contribution to an annual engineering ethics and integrity session hosted by the Faculty of Engineering. Trying to ignore the 90-plus emails doesn’t help the situation, but overall, I’m making progress.

5 Responses to “Strange Days”

  1. sharon Says:

    everything is topsy-turvy! i just read in the papers that there is winter ice in New Delhi in 70 years and the temp in Siberia is -40 (something)C, avalanches in Japan etc…

  2. Tony Says:

    We see Edmonton and Calgary on TV news occasionally, and I am just amazed at the lack of snow. It was nice to have moderate weather when I visited you in November, but getting strange when I was in Calgary. Are you getting pictures? Do they have snow at the resorts in the mountains – Banff, Jasper? I saw snow in a news story about an avalanche in the Purcells.

    Winnipeg is getting a fair amount of snow, but the weather stays warm. There is a lot of ice, the roads are slippery, the sidewalks difficult. The weather is warm enough for cycling but the roads are dangerous. The warm weather has impeded grooming of snowmobile and ski trails. There have been snowmobile accidents on ungroomed trails. There is open water on the Red River in St. Vital. Strange days indeed.

  3. Derryl Says:

    It has just this past few days become semi-normal winter weather here in PG. We have snow and the temp hangs around -5 or so. But the river is still open, and only a few days ago it was raining for a few moments and then cleared up to a sunny +7. Makes dressing for work a risky activity.


  4. Steve 40 Says:

    Here in Vancouver we are working on our 25th day in a row of rain. The record is 28 days. The temperatures have been as high as 16 in the last three weeks. No frost at all. It is very dreary. Where is the sun?

  5. Helen Says:

    Over here in Japan we have waaaaaayyyyyy more snow than is usual. We’ve had about 3 times our normal fall for the year, and it’s only January. I envy Edmonton’s lack of snow and no one here believes me when I say that there is hardly any snow there! (I saw that there was some today, but it’s not like this I’d wager!)

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