Today, I'm going to talk about the weather.
Around New Years it
was so cold and depressing, I didn't talk about it much. I got
back to work on January 3rd - right into a very busy, high-pressure
season. Those cold, dark days of early January made a stark background.
It always froze for about two and a half weeks, reaching minus double
digits several times. Yes, this is Canada, but it's the west coast:
winters are generally mild here. Normally, it's above zero during the
day even in winter.
Well, I don't know what day it was, but the weather broke maybe around
the fifteenth. I remember that Sunday: the glorious sun finally burned
through the cold, thin clouds. I was outside in a t-shirt, soaking in the rays.
The temp was maybe 8 degress, but it seemed like 20.
The ground was still frozen, but the point was made: spring was
coming. That day I watched the sun disappear behind the mountains at exactly
Since then, it's been mainly gray and rainy as spring slowly takes over.
It still freezes some nights, but we're back above zero most of the time,
and daily highs have been 7, 8, or even 9 Celsius. What a change not to feel
cold all the time! This is the true west coast winter: spring weather can come
suddenly. It might go away again for a few days, but then it returns. When
those sunny spring days start to come in a row, spring is near. The official start -
from my point of view - is the first day we get plus double digits and sun. At this
time of year, it's easier to get plus 10 and rain, than plus 10 and sun.
Most days now, we get clouds and rain, but the sun comes out once or twice during the
day as well. This morning, a cold fog has been lurking out there; the sun poked through
around quarter to ten. We've had a lot of rain lately - well, this is a rainforest,
Today's drawing is by personal request. Of course, he's Michael Grant Terry. Hope you like him!