Comment 59092

By Ezaki Glico (anonymous) | Posted February 02, 2011 at 09:20:23

Agreed, Adrian, on every count. One of the superficial losses Canadians have experienced as a result of climate change is the near-total disappearance of phenomenal snowfalls. (Summer monsoons, by comparison, don't jibe as well with our Canuck identity.) Three decades ago, you might have had three or four snow days every winter, and deservedly so – huge dunes of the white stuff were not uncommon, and the blizzards of '76-'78 are almost mythological.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-gRb_MuUgg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL7eXnIqUV4

I would say, though, that even minor storms bring accidents, injuries and fatalities. Given the level of awareness and preparedness in a case such as this (and the fact that most people over the age of 40 remembers how bad winter can get), I should think that more ballyooed events such as this (oversold) blizzard might not ratchet up the numbers by much; perhaps not at all. And yes, Hamilton looks great under a blanket of snow. Less so after temps rise and the streets are strewn with dirty cream of wheat.

BTW, even without a snow day (and the city streets I've seen are anything but impassible) the timing is great in some other regards.

http://www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca
http://cms.burlington.ca/Page6727.aspx

Nothing worse than planning events like those and having them land in the middle of an unexpected thaw.

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