|Shovelling in Toronto|
"Southern Ontario is bracing for a second round of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain that forecasters say will begin later this morning.Historic, probably because this is the first ice storm I can recall this late in the 'winter'
The huge weather system is affecting an area stretching west to east from Windsor to Ottawa and north to south from North Bay to Lake Ontario.
On Saturday police reported well over 500 crashes on icy roads around the Greater Toronto Area — fortunately none involving fatalities.
Thousands of people also lost power, but Hydro One and other utilities were working round the clock to reconnect customers.
Today's stormy weather could be even more severe because Environment Canada says the precipitation will be intensified by howling winds.
Wind warnings have been issued with gusts up to 90 km/h expected in the Hamilton area this morning — strong enough to cause property damage and more power outages"
Oh wait, make that spring! I can recall another ice storm in February, better then 25 years ago- We had no electricity for two days. Others I knew, in town, were without electricity even longer. But that was February. We've had other more limited in damage ice storms too. In the Winter.
This is April. Mid April.
Not what you want to see with significant ice on the way – a wind warning for #Oakville #Burlington #Hamilton #Niagara 90 km/h gusts possibly reaching 100 km/h into Sunday a.m. #onstorm pic.twitter.com/tbCdc00b6s
I thought 'carbon' was supposed to be warming the planet- Ya know AGW?
I know where I live it was supposed to be sweltering and the great lake levels were supposed to drop- none of which has come to pass.
How about that sun cycle?- Looks like, maybe, solar cycle 24 has passed and was very weak- Perhaps this explains the long stretch of cooler temps I've experienced?
Cycle 25 has already begun http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/A_Sunspot_from_Cycle_25_for_sureIt looks to me that SC25 will be a bit stronger than SC24, so probably no Grand Minimum this timehttp://www.leif.org/research/Prediction-of-SC25.pdf http://www.leif.org/research/comparative-study-solar-prediction.pdf
(ignore the 2014 in the top line – it is just a place holder).
As my furnace turns on to warm the house, still. Sigh.
This ice storm is also affecting the US
April 06/2018: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.... in April