Saturday, March 1, 2014

Worst winter in nearly a century

It has been reported that Winnipeg, Man., which is just a hop, skip and a jump from Red Lake (relatively, it's about 250 miles away), has already recorded the worst winter in 35 years and the second worst winter in 75.
Winnipeg is no stranger to cold weather. It is nicknamed Winterpeg and typically has the coldest temperatures of any city in North America. But this winter is even pushing "Peggers"  to the limit.
Thunder Bay, near where we live in Nolalu, has been getting virtually the same weather as Winnipeg and Red Lake. We are in the center of the continent and therefore always smack dab in the middle of the "Polar Vortex" that has been sitting over North America all winter.
Water lines are freezing in cities and towns all over Northwestern Ontario. It is so bad that municipalities are giving up trying to thaw them and are giving residents tanks of water to use in their homes in some communities.
The frost in areas cleared of snow, such as city streets, is now nine feet deep.
We've not had a problem here at our rural home. Our well line is only a few feet deep in places but the nearly four feet of snow on top is keeping it from freezing. 
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