Records and Concocted Records

Montrealers awoke to 36 centimetres (about 14 inches) of snow that had fallen overnight.  With another five-to-ten centimetres expected during the day, weather reports have been trumpeting this as a “record snowfall”. Well, it is and it isn’t. But it’s only the record for February 13! This is not an all-time record snowfall at all;Continue reading “Records and Concocted Records”

Arse Over Kettle on Montreal’s Icy Sidewalks

Okay, now it’s personal. I’ve fallen: I’ve fallen in love, fallen for silly practical jokes, fallen off bandwagons when my team didn’t measure up, even fallen from grace. But for the last few days I’ve been just plain falling. It all started last week when we had a significant snowfall with a forecast for rainContinue reading “Arse Over Kettle on Montreal’s Icy Sidewalks”

Icy Sidewalks and Lack of Driver Courtesy

Permit me to rant. Montreal’s weather patterns seem to be changing. Call it climate change if you want, but we have experienced ups and downs like never before. Snow then rain then back to freezing again has made for more than a few sidewalk wipe-outs. A friend of mine who works at a large hospitalContinue reading “Icy Sidewalks and Lack of Driver Courtesy”

Freezing Rain: Mother Nature’s Dominant Side

Mother Nature sure likes to show she’s the boss. The dominant one. Here in the northeast, we can deal with snow and rain. But when the two come together the challenge is significantly upped. Commonly known as freezing rain, it happens when a cold from and a warm front come together. Over the last fewContinue reading “Freezing Rain: Mother Nature’s Dominant Side”

No Strutting on Snow Leaf Mixture

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of strut is: intransitive verb 1    to become turgid: swell 2   a: to walk with a proud gait      b: to walk with a pompous and affected air ***** This is the time of year when Montreal’s seasons overlap; this morning’s dusting of snow mixed with fallen leaves. The wet leaves areContinue reading “No Strutting on Snow Leaf Mixture”

First Snow is Always a Surprise for Some

While some folks got caught short and found themselves slipping and sliding without winter tires on their cars, others fared even worse! 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 YinContinue reading “First Snow is Always a Surprise for Some”

Downtown Montreal on a Precipice; Hope it Doesn’t Snow

I recall that it was only in the aftermath of the 1998 ice storm that we learned just how close Montreal had come to a total power outage that may have required the evacuation of the island. I imagine there must have been some very tense moments for the powers that be at Hydro Québec.Continue reading “Downtown Montreal on a Precipice; Hope it Doesn’t Snow”

March Still a Lion in Montreal

Let’s hope this is Old Man Winter’s last kick at the can!   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 anContinue reading “March Still a Lion in Montreal”

Snow is Welcome; Freezing Rain, Not So Much

The oddly mild and dry weather conditions that produced a green Christmas in the northeast are finally exiting. A high of some 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) was recorded on December 24th in Montreal, making it the warmest Christmas Eve ever. Kids who received new wheeled toys as gifts had the unusual ability to tryContinue reading “Snow is Welcome; Freezing Rain, Not So Much”

First Snow + Wrong Tires + No Road Salt = Havoc in Montreal

  The first dusting of snow has fallen on Montreal. What in November is a lovely white blanket is a nightmare in April, evoking shouts of ‘Enough already’ and ‘Uncle’ The Canadian province of Quebec has a law that stipulates we must have winter tires (not all season tires as they only apply if youContinue reading “First Snow + Wrong Tires + No Road Salt = Havoc in Montreal”