Hydrant or School Crossing Guard?

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I have often been asked by visitors why our fire hydrants appear to be holding little stop signs on a pole. Are they the latest in technology, acting as school crossing guards when not in use fighting fires? Or did the city run out of actual stop signs and use the hydrant as a substitute? No, that would not explain those hydrants that have a yellow stick projecting from them.

When I tell folks that, in all seriousness, on occasion the snow falls in such an amount, and blows about, that it covers the hydrant. God forbid it should have to be put to use, but if the need arises it would be nice to know where it is. Often this is greeted, primarily by those from hotter climes and therefore unfamiliar with snow, with mirth. They think I’m pulling their leg. But as the above photo attests, this is the reason for the pole.

Having receive 29 centimetres (almost a foot) of snow overnight, it wasn’t just hydrants that had to be dug out!

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DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

UPDATED: Montreal: March Coming in Like a Lion

Matthew Deegan

Come One, Come All Matthew Deegan 1915

UPDATE: Well the forecasters blew it yet again. Montrealers awoke to a dusting of snow. How can so many meteorologists with so much technology constantly screw up when it comes to snow storms? They are great with Warnings and Alerts and Watches and even Special Weather Statements, but seem to be way off the mark with forecasts.

Welcome to the month of March. If we can get through this month, even with any major weather incidents, I feel it safe to say we will have winter on the ropes. April can still be tricky around Montreal, but anything that does fall in the form of snow will be gone in a day or so.

But did March come in like a lion? According to an  English proverb, March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. We will have to see, but as far as Environment Canada is concerned, the proverbial lion is getting an early start, with nasty conditions forecast to begin today.

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Oh well, here’s hoping that lamb gets here soon!

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

UPDATED: Montreal: March Coming in Like a Lion

Matthew Deegan

Come One, Come All Matthew Deegan 1915

UPDATE: Well the forecasters blew it yet again. Montrealers awoke to a dusting of snow. How can so many meteorologists with so much technology constantly screw up when it comes to snow storms? They are great with Warnings and Alerts and Watches and even Special Weather Statements, but seem to be way off the mark with forecasts.

Welcome to the month of March. If we can get through this month, even with any major weather incidents, I feel it safe to say we will have winter on the ropes. April can still be tricky around Montreal, but anything that does fall in the form of snow will be gone in a day or so.

But did March come in like a lion? According to an  English proverb, March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. We will have to see, but as far as Environment Canada is concerned, the proverbial lion is getting an early start, with nasty conditions forecast to begin today.

WeatherStatement

Oh well, here’s hoping that lamb gets here soon!

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

That’s Dust, Not Dirt!

If you are in the Montreal area today and have read the Environment Canada Special Weather Statement please rest assured you are in no danger of being sucked up into a giant red vacuum. Those are Dirt Devils, the weather warning is for dust devils.

Got to admit for a few moments first thing this morning I was a bit concerned.

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DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+