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Snow in Kansas, Spring in Nova Scotia

Snow in Kansas, Spring in Nova Scotia

When people think of Canada they think of snow, cold and hockey. When people think of Kansas they think of wheat fields, sunflowers, The Wizard of Oz and dry land. Well think again! This has been a crazy year for Kansas weather wise! Might I remind you of this past winter when Heidi’s children had more snow days than mine did? You can read Who Lives in the Great White North if you have forgotten.

Most of spring was not much to talk about. The rain certainly was plentiful this past June in Cole Harbour but come July the sun appeared and our summer was full of hot, sunny days spent swimming and playing soccer. Our June weather was in stark contrast to the weather in Wichita, Kansas where from June 1 to July 13, only 0.18 of an inch of rain fell. The end of July was a much different story for Kansas. By that time, July of 2013 had become the fourth wettest July on record. Wichita even set a record low high temperature of 66 farenheit on July 28. The rain did not stop in August either. It seemed that Heidi was telling me every single day that it was raining. By August 9th, the pond beside her house was overflowing onto the lawn and the road.

And now fall is here and Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia is celebrating unseasonably high temperatures. It feels more like spring most days. Not so much in Kansas today. October 18, 2013 and it is snowing in Kansas!

Taken from kake.com - Snow forecast for Kansas October 18, 2013

Taken from kake.com – Snow forecast for Kansas October 18, 2013

Snow is not forecast for Wichita today but it is in towns not far away. Luckily for Heidi she is on her way to the Great White North right now and will avoid her just above freezing temperatures for at least the weekend. Who’d have thought she would have to come to Cole Harbour to do that?

Who lives in the Great White North?

Who lives in the Great White North?

 

I’m sorry…who lives in the Great White North? Wichita, Kansas is shut down for the third day in less than a week because of…

SNOW!

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Wheat field in Derby, Kansas February 25, 2013

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Yard in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia February 25, 2013

I told you it snows in Kansas. And when it snows it pours I guess. My children have had two snow days this year and so far Heidi’s children have had three! Who would have thought the Kansans would beat out the Nova Scotians in that category!

Wichita received about 14 inches of snow on February 20 and 21 and was just dumped on with another 7-10 inches (17.7 – 25.4cm) yesterday and today – this time in blizzard conditions. After being hit in the face with yesterday’s falling snow, Heidi described it as “sloshy”. This will be the first official entry in the Heidictionary.

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Sloshy snow falling in Derby, Kansas February 25, 2013

That’s not to say that we here in Cole Harbour have not gotten our fair share of snow this winter. On February 9 and 10th we got blasted with 45 cm (17.7 inches) of it. My brother, who flew in from Korea with his wife to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday party, got stuck in Chicago for 3 days and never made it to Cole Harbour until February 11. As a double whammy to me, this snow fell on the weekend. Had it been during the week I would have had at least one snow day off of work! Instead I spent my time off shoveling and shoveling and shoveling.

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After shoveling on February 9, 2013 I measured the snow bank at approximately 7 Pepsi Max cans high

Despite the horrible driving conditions and the endless hours of shoveling, snow is not all bad – our children love it!

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Weekly Weather Outlook – February 5 – February 11, 2013

Weekly Weather Outlook – February 5 – February 11, 2013

Yesterday was a snow day for my children. We had two weather systems come through on Sunday, February 3 into Monday, February 4. The first one dumped 20 – 25 cm (8-10 inches) of snow on us Sunday morning into the afternoon. A lot of the main roads were clear enough for driving by that evening - far from perfect, but clear enough. That is when the second system hit us. Sunday evening and overnight it was mostly rain but sometime in the early morning (like 5 or 6am) the temperature dropped, freezing everything that was wet. The exterior of my van had a nice sheet of ice all over it, freezing the sliding doors shut. And then came more snow/freezing rain – about 6 centimetres of it (2 inches). So that is why school was cancelled and my children enjoyed a long weekend. Unfortunately it was not enough to delay the opening of my workplace so I reported to work on time.

As I was walking to my van after work, I was talking to Heidi on the phone and she said she was going to pick her daughter up so they could go for a drive together. It was a beautiful, sunny day. One of those days where it is a little nippy when you are walking outside but when the sun shines on you inside the car, you are instantly warmed up enough to wear just a t-shirt. That is what Heidi and her daughter did yesterday.

Let’s see what is in store for me here in Cole Harbour and Heidi in Wichita this week weather wise.

Weekly Weather February 5 - 11, 2013 chart

As you can see, Wichita is getting temperatures we in Cole Harbour usually experience in spring, while we here in Cole Harbour are experiencing typical winter temperatures.

Halifax forecast February 5 - 11, 2013

Halifax forecast February 5 – 11, 2013 as per Environment Canada

Wichita forecast February 5 - 11, 2013

Wichita forecast February 5 – 11, 2013 as per Kake.com

Weekly Weather Outlook – January 30, 2013 – February 5, 2013

Weekly Weather Outlook – January 30, 2013 – February 5, 2013

I cannot believe January is almost over! With only 28 days in February I guess it will be March before we know it!

Heidi said it snowed in Wichita Tuesday night. I asked her to take a picture to share but none accumulated on the ground. It does snow in Kansas though :) That was quite a change from the weather on Sunday when Heidi was wearing shorts and a t-shirt!

The weather here in Cole Harbour has warmed up considerably – I have not seen sea smoke since the last post. Apparently today we have set a temperature record. Back on January 31, 1974 it was 8.3 Celsius (46.94 Farenheit). Today it is supposed to be 11 Celsius (51.8 Farenheit)!

Heidi suggested we change up the format of the weekly weather by providing an easy comparison table, along with one weather graphic for Cole Harbour in Celsius and one for Wichita in Farenheit.

Weekly Weather January 30 - February 5, 2013

Halifax forecast January 30 - February 5, 2013

 

Wichita forecast January 30 - February 5, 2013

Where there is sea smoke there is…Jack Frost nipping at every exposed body part!

Where there is sea smoke there is…Jack Frost nipping at every exposed body part!

It is cold this morning! So cold that while taking this post’s picture, my fingers froze in the short time it took me to swipe my phone’s screen a couple of times and click the picture. Note to self: buy the new gloves that allow you to swipe a touch screen while wearing them. There is a cold front currently sweeping over the eastern United States and Canada and it is not going unnoticed! This morning was actually warmer than yesterday. Yesterday we enjoyed a wind chill of -30 celsius (-22 farenheit) and today one of -29 celsius (-20.2 farenheit). Word on the street is that this increase in temperature is as predicted – next week is supposed to be warmer with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.

But that is then, this is now. I tell you, there is nothing quite like walking beside a body of water with wind chills of -29/-30 celsius. As I walked by the Halifax Harbour this morning, I could feel the water in my eyeballs beginning to freeze . And through my thin layer of eyeball ice, I could see something you don’t see everyday (thank goodness) – sea smoke. Rest assured, there was sea smoke on the Harbour yesterday morning too, but the difference is that today I stopped to take this picture for you:

Sea Smoke on the Halifax Harbour January 25, 2013

Sea Smoke on the Halifax Harbour January 25, 2013

According to Wikipedia: “Sea smoke, or arctic steam fog, is a cloud over the sea, which could otherwise be called fog, and is usually formed when very cold air moves over warmer water.

Key word in that definition is the word very as in very cold air, not just cold air. The fact that the air that is currently blowing on me and my daughters is colder than a body of water that is cold to swim in on a scorching summer’s day, says a lot! So as I cover every piece of skin that I can just to walk from my car to the entrance of my children’s school, I think of the temperature that Heidi is enjoying today - almost 12 celsius (53 farenheit) – and know that is not far off for me. Come spring, that will be the norm.

I enjoy living in a place that has four very distinct seasons. There are positives and negatives to each and every one of them. One negative to the winter is obviously the bone chilling cold. Several positives are hockey season, ringette season, skating, sledding, snow figures, white Christmases and the fact there are NO bugs!

So for now I will enjoy the fact that I can barbecue a steak without swatting mosquitoes that are trying to find a nice juicy spot on me in which to sink their proboscis – I will just enjoy that fact with my sandals replaced with warm winter boots, and my ball cap replaced by a toque.

 

Weekly Weather Outlook January 21 – 27, 2013

Weekly Weather Outlook January 21 – 27, 2013

So as you can see below this is another week where it is warmer in Wichita than it is in Cole Harbour. That is fairly typical for this time of the year and not surprising since Cole Harbour is much farther north than Wichita. Cole Harbour had lots of snow last week and we are expecting another 10-20 centimetres (which is 4 – 8 inches) tomorrow and a little bit more on the weekend. Of course my daughters are hoping for a snow day tomorrow so they can stay home from school and play in the snow.

Today is cold and windy (chilling wind) but sunny day in Cole Harbour. Heidi reports from Wichita that it is a “bright, bright sunshiny day. It is crisp and cold but no wind. A beautiful day.” She also notes that it is an extreme change from the weather in Wichita yesterday when she and her family were wearing short-sleeve t-shirts! We each took a picture for you today :)

Wichita weather Jan 21, 2013 - look at all those Canada Geese...in Wichita!

Wichita weather Jan 21, 2013 – look at all those Canada Geese…in Wichita!

One of the first things I noticed during my first ever visit to Wichita in January of 2011 was all of the Canada Geese! They were everywhere! But I guess that only makes sense since they do fly south for the winter…and Wichita is south. I swear I see more Canada Geese in Wichita than I ever do in Nova Scotia though! Look at them all!

Pictured in my snapshot is the A. Murray MacKay suspension bridge that connects the Halifax Peninsula to Dartmouth, spanning the Halifax Harbour. It is referred to by locals as the “new bridge” even though it was opened 42 years ago on July 10, 1970. The “old” bridge is the Angus L. MacDonald bridge which opened on April 2, 1955.

Weather in Dartmouth January 21, 2013. Pictured is the A. Murray MacKay Bridge

Weather in Dartmouth January 21, 2013. Pictured is the A. Murray MacKay Bridge

Wichita forecast January 21 - 27, 2013 (in celsuis for the Canadians) from kake.com

Wichita forecast January 21 – 27, 2013 (in celsuis for the Canadians) from kake.com

Halifax forecast January 21 - 27, 2013 (in celsius for the Canadians) from Environment Canada

Halifax forecast January 21 – 27, 2013 (in celsius for the Canadians) from Environment Canada

Wichita forecast January 21 - 27, 2013 (in farenheit for the Americans) from kake.com

Wichita forecast January 21 – 27, 2013 (in farenheit for the Americans) from kake.com

Halifax forecast January 21 - 27, 2013 (in farenheit for the Americans) from Environment Canada

Halifax forecast January 21 – 27, 2013 (in farenheit for the Americans) from Environment Canada

 

Weekly Weather Outlook January 16 – 23, 2013

Weekly Weather Outlook January 16 – 23, 2013

Okay, since I can’t quit my day job yet, I was a little late posting the weekly weather forecast due to lack of hours in a day to do all that I need to do. I am sure most, if not all of you, can relate.

Anyway, here is the weekly weather forecast for Dartmouth and Wichita for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013. As I write this post it is snowing in Dartmouth. We are expected to receive 12 cm (or 4.7 inches) before tomorrow morning. It looks so lovely falling down. Heidi reports that it is super nice outside in Wichita and it is going to be much warmer this week than it was last week.

As you can see by the weather forecasts, Wichita is expected to have much warmer and sunnier weather than Dartmouth this week. Snow is not all bad though. At least we will get to make snow people!

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Celsius for the Canadians)

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

Weather forecast for South Central Kansas as per kake.com for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 - 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

Weather forecast for Halifax as per Environment Canada for the week of January 16 – 23, 2013 (in Farenheit for the Americans)

Weekly Weather Outlook January 7 – 14th, 2013

Weekly Weather Outlook January 7 – 14th, 2013

We thought something fun to do might be to compare the weather between Nova Scotia and Kansas since it seems many people think we here in Canada live in blizzard-like conditions all year round or at the very least are surrounded by snow and ice most of the time. We definitely do experience our fair share of snow and ice during the winter season but we have four seasons just like Kansas so we experience our fair share of beautiful days as well. And for those who don’t know – yes it does snow in Kansas too!

To give credit where it is due, the forecasts for Halifax, Nova Scotia come from Environment Canada’s website and the forecasts for South Central Kansas come from KAKE’s website.

After looking at the forecasts below, it seems that the daytime highs for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in South Central Kansas are much like temperatures we experience in early spring here in Nova Scotia. Our low tomorrow (Tuesday, January 8, 2013) is definitely much colder than expected in Kansas! But our Saturday and Sunday forecasts are very comparable and in fact the predicted lows are much lower for South Central Kansas than for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for Halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for Halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Celsius (for the Canadians)

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)

Weather Forecast for South Central, Kansas for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)

Weather Forecast for halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 - 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)

Weather Forecast for Halifax, Nova Scotia for the week of January 7 – 14th, 2013th in Farenheit (for the Americans)