A good deal of Central Canada is under an extreme winter warning (Ottawa was hovering at -39c/-38.2f and they had a strange mix of a blizzard and extreme cold). Here in the Maritimes it’s been anywhere from -22c to +8c over the past week or two with snow, freezing rain, and rain. This has brought out the usual barrage of “so where’s this Global Warming they’re talking about” but we will put that down to brains numbed by the cold and confused by the shifting weather patterns.
There’s been the odd comment from a few people that this winter reminds them of their childhood – all the snow, the cold, the ice. In that mood of nostalgia I was pleased when my FB friend Richard sent me the link for this fascinating video of the winter of 1917 in Holland. And before anyone get’s smart-arsed and ask if I remember it (and you know who this is addressed to don’t you?) – No I don’t. I was born a few years after!
On this day in 1506: The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican.