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
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?
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…
Wheat field in Derby, Kansas February 25, 2013
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.
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.
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!