It would be interesting to know the Environment Canada statistic for greatest snowfall since 2014 to see if we as a community have matched the 1942- 2014 statistic. According to Environment Canada our greatest snow fall for the area on February 13 was 18.8 cm in 1994 but the most snow on the ground on this date was in 1992 with 106.0 cm. Now I personally wasn’t in the area on February 13, 1994, as I was in my first year at Humber College at that time, but I was here in 1992 and I must admit I don’t remember it. This statistic does not represent the greatest snowfall of all time for the area but only the greatest snowfall on February 13. I know that our greatest snow fall for the area would surpass 18.8 cm because I have lived through them. We have in the past received some heavy amounts through out our long winter months and I really must admit that one snow event leads into another in my mind as in they all totally bum me out.
I hate winter. I hate snow. I hate the ice (especially the ice). I hate the cold. Now I know there are ways to get through winter like skiing and hockey. Sure, there are fun winter activities out there, but it is still cold. I long for the days when you can simply walk outdoors without bundling up. Only a few more months to go and Spring will be here before you know it. Though I do like watching the snow fall on a stormy day. The best place to be is inside at my writing station thinking about how I have nothing to write about and then decide to talk about the weather.
Thinking about gardening in the dead of winter
Listening for thumps and bumps,
In the soil, moving, tilling, cultivating.
Repositioning the earth from beneath
Its frosty glaze, impenetrable.
Listening for beats of rocks and debris.
This stethoscopic instrument,
This gardener’s tool,
Stirs my garden,