Why we shouldn’t grumble about the weather in NZ
By Alan Tristram
I’ve just received an email from our Canadian correspondent, Eribert Loehner, of Vancouver, who’s been describing what must surely be a ‘Winter to remember.’
Here’s a few paragraphs which paint the picture:
“The temperatures in Ontario this week have hit -30 deg C with the wind-chill factored in.
‘Exposed skin can freeze in a couple of minutes. Even worse, the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, near the US border was colder than the North Pole this past week.”
Eribert continues: “We left Vancouver in November to visit my mother-in-law in Ontario for Christmas this year. The weather was cold, but not brutally so.
‘Travelling can be a frustrating business’
“We ‘d decided to go early rather than wait for Christmas because travelling in Canada at Christmas can be a frustrating experience.
Flights are usually full and then get cancelled due to bad weather — and trains get delayed because switch points freeze solid and it takes some time before they are freed up again.”
Back home in Vancouver
Eribert says Vancouver is in what could be called ‘the tropical part of Canada.’
But, he says, the temperature dropped just below freezing early in December; and ‘we even had some snow!’
“However, the snow was gone by Christmas and the temperatures now hover around +5 Deg. C.
“Now we are in the midst of another ‘Pineapple Express.’ It has been raining heavily for the past couple of days and it looks like it is going to keep raining for the next week or so.’
Editor: And we hope to resume Eribert’s regular columns as soon as he thaws out properly.