26 Centimetres of Snow in Autumn

calendarToronto got about 26 centimetres of snow yesterday, which was close to our single-day record for December. The record was set on Dec. 11, 1944, when 28 centimetres fell on the city in 24 hours.

It seemed like more than 26 centimetres, didn't it? The rest of Canada will likely point and laugh when they read and hear what a big deal we made out of this blizzard. I can hear the snide comments from Winnipeg, Moose Jaw, Ottawa and our American friends in Buffalo now. In defense of Toronto, I would like to raise two points.

It's Still Autumn
Winter doesn't begin until Saturday. In my lifetime, there has never been an autumn storm as snowy as this one. By the fourth round of shovelling yesterday, I was running out of places to put snow. With months of cold weather ahead, what the heck will we do during the next snow storm? Should I go outside and start melting the stuff with a hair dryer? We aren't supposed to get 26cm of snow in the fall!

We Don't Get Much Snow
This point is aimed directly at those who live in places like Winnipeg, Moose Jaw, Ottawa and Buffalo. Toronto simply doesn't get that much snow. 26 cm may be just another snow storm in Winnipeg, but it's not just another snow storm here. There's something about our geographic location that shields us from mega snow storms. Nearby locales, like Barrie, Keswick and Buffalo, get buried, but we typically only get a few centimetres. We're not used to this, so it's a bigger deal for us than it would be for you.

This is it for snow-related entries today. I just wanted to get that off my chest. We now return to our regularly scheduled content.

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You aren't going to arm our troops with shovels again, are you?

December 17, 2007 @ 3:35 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

And in Buffalo's defense, Buffalo typically doesn't get buried either, its the south towns and southern tier snow belts that get hammered, not the city and populated areas to the north of the city of Buffalo.

December 17, 2007 @ 3:57 PM

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