In the aftermath of last weekend’s ice storm Montrealers are heaving a collective sigh of relief that it did not develop into the nightmare situation we experienced in 1998. A short stroll through my neighbourhood gave me a chance to enjoy the remains of the day, rather than suffering as many in Ontario are currently – pun fully intended – without electricity.
Cars here can be equipped with “ice storm sensing wipers” that rise when they are triggered by atmospheric conditions conducive to freezing rain. Looking much like an insect’s antennae we use these to forecast storms.
It isn’t only cars that require digging out. Park benches and bicycles are also ice covered.
In a time of spying and whistle-blowing on spying, it’s nice to see eaves dripping instead of eavesdropping, even if it does freeze!
Now that the days start to get longer can picnic season be far off? Sadly yes.