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Brrrr, F*****G COLD!


It was -17 today (Celsius, naturally).  At least, that’s what the temperature was when I woke up.  With a light breeze, the temperature feels like -19 (it’s that windchill thing, the temperature isn’t actualy -19, but it feels like it is, suffice to say windchill is basically the amount of time it takes for skin to freeze, and I don’t mean get cold, I mean fucking freeze).

I think it’s safe to say that Saskatchewan (along with many other regions of Canada… with the exception of those who live in British Columbia) is now firmly in the grip of winter.  Winter isn’t coming, it’s already here, mutherfucker.

Now we have to deal with four more months of this shit, as well as really shorter days of light.  No, we don’t suddenly have 20 hours in a day, it’s that the sun rises later and sets earlier in the day. Ergo, less sunlight hours.

The good thing; we have lots of things to keep us going until New Years Day.  the busier we are, the faster the time goes.  The bad thing; after New Years Day, it’s a holiday wasteland until Easter (okay there is Family Day in February, but that’s one day off and the only reprieve, three day weekends are all about going to the lake and relaxing, not huddled in a comforter trying to keep warm).

Such is the life of someone who lives on the prairies.  At least one thing is for sure, we’re all in this together.  We can survive, we’ve done it for several years already.  We live and die by our unofficial motto in this province.

What doesn’t kill us, only makes us stronger.

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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Summer ends on September 21st


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This morning as I woke, at 5:30, I checked the weather app on my phone.  It read 4 degrees Celsius.  Which means overnight it could very well have hit zero.  This is technically still summer.

But the darkness and the impending cooler weather says otherwise.

Just two days ago, the temperature got up to 26 Celsius.  It was hot.  Not a wickedly stifling hot, but a nice hot that you can relax in outside in the shade.  The next day began with a temperature of 7.  I think it only reached 10.  Summer is not over yet.  It doesn’t technically arrive until the 21st of September.  I’m not backing down on that one at all.

The days are growing increasingly shorter as well.  This morning was a little bit harder to get out of bed.  I managed, even with it being dark outside at 5:30.  A month ago, while I was enjoying my two weeks off, the sun was shining at 5:30.  Although, I’d merely get up to use the bathroom, then immediately crawl back into bed.  That’s what one does when on holidays.  Now, back at work, the weather has taken a turn from the pleasurable warmth to something a tad more cooler.

On the different social media networks there’s already discussions of what to do for Halloween.  Which is over a month away.  I shouldn’t be too surprised, after all Christmas is celebrated with such vim and vigor in the preceding weeks before the December 25th arrival.

But I’m standing firm.  Until the 21st arrives, it’s still summer.  I don’t care if I have to wear a sweater, it’s still summer.

Dammit.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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And now the weather


 

 

via Tim Holtorf on Twitter

And tomorrow is the last day of April.  This snow stuff needs to be gone.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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Ah, September


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September is one of those months where you never really know what’s coming.  When the month comes around, it’s heralded as autumn, but that doesn’t happen until the end of the month (a few short days after International Talk Like a Pirate Day).  It’s the month after August where summer is still alive.

Sometimes, September is suddenly cold, with the temperature dipping close to the freezing point over night and not getting much warmer during the day.  Other times September is mild and warm and gives you a feeling of summer and some hope that winter will be equally mild and kind.

But then there are times when September is sort of all over the map.  Cold during the evening, hot during the day.  Sometimes it rains heavily, sometimes there’s strong wind, sometimes there’s thunderstorms, and sometimes there’s even snow.  That last is the one I dread the most, due to my dislike of winter.

This September has been slightly odd.  It’s cool in the mornings and gets warmer as the day goes on.  It doesn’t really help for determining what to wear, that’s for sure.  Oh, it could be sweater weather because it’s cool in the morning, but by mid afternoon the sweater is way too hot.  Or it could be a light shirt and jeans weather, and then you realize that its just a bit too cool for only a light shirt.

As an example, this morning the temperature was 3 degrees Celsius (around 36 F).  Not freezing point, but not exactly warm outside.  I’ll often sit on my balcony with my morning cup of coffee and enjoy the sunrise (which for the past nine years both here in Humboldt and in Outlook, has been blocked by an apartment building/condo across the street), but this morning wasn’t shorts weather, it was time to drag out the sweat pants and put on a heavier shirt.  So I’m torn as to what to wear today.  I know it’ll get to about 23 Celsius, and tomorrow is predicted to get to 26, which is very warm.  But it’s the mornings that dictate what to walk to work in.

I guess its a light jacket at the very least.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Life, randomness

 

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The end is ….


The month of March saw the highest snowfall for Saskatchewan, more than the rest of the winter.  Last week's storm brought in so much, when Highways were cleared it was almost like driving through a tunnel thanks to the height of the snow pushed to the sides of the road, much like this on Highway 45 north to Delisle. (photo by Derek Ruttle, front page of the March 28 issue of the Outlook weekly newspaper)

The month of March saw the highest snowfall for Saskatchewan, more than the rest of the winter. Last week’s storm brought in so much, when Highways were cleared it was almost like driving through a tunnel thanks to the height of the snow pushed to the sides of the road, much like this on Highway 45 north to Delisle. (photo by Derek Ruttle, front page of the March 28 issue of the Outlook weekly newspaper)

Are we at the end?  Is there light at the end of the tunnel?  I’d like to say yes, I really would, because as I write this, the temperature sits at a balmy -3 Celsius.  I say balmy, because that’s at least warmer than the -20s we’ve been having for the past couple of weeks.

What I worry about now is that as the snow melts, and the temperature rises, how much flooding we’ll have.  Record snowfall amounts across the province (Regina with over 200 centimetres of snow) means there will be that much water that goes into the ground.  It’s good to have snow because that means it’ll seep into the ground in spring which is good for moisture.  Which means we’ll have a decent farming season.  It also means a good deal will evaporate and later come down as rain.  The worry now is flooding.

We’re normally a hot, dry province during the summer, and we don’t experience as much flooding as would be seen in Manitoba.  But we’ll have to prepare for it now.  Many have been getting their insurance ready for the inevitable, because there’s a fear a lot of basements are going to become ruined thanks to the snow.  You have to remember, when snow melts it doesn’t just go into the ground and everything is fine.  It drains into whatever area is accessible at the time, and basements are prime for that.

This also means for a while we’ll be up to our necks in mud.

The spring time weather and warmer temperatures, combined with the budding of the trees, that I like.  The oncoming tidal wave that will hit thanks to the record snowfall amounts… let’s just say I’m glad I live in a second storey apartment.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Life, randomness

 

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Writing, weather, and stuff


There’s not much going on for a Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the office. Updates on the writing, the craptastic weather, and here are some links.

My wordpress blog: https://taholtorf.wordpress.com

My tumblr: http://timholtorf.tumblr.com

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in randomness, Writing

 

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Weather and writing


I don’t like that.

Sure, the weather might be in the single negative numbers, but there’s a large chance of snow.  I guess this is perfect writing weather.  If I didn’t have to go outside.  Which I do at two points this weekend.  Well, three really.

Two hockey games to go to, one tonight and one Sunday night.  There’s also Remembrance Day services to attend on Sunday.  The hockey games I volunteer for, the service is mostly due to my job.  Getting photos and doing a short write up for next week’s paper.

But outside of that, there’s lots of time for writing.  And seeing how I managed to get 9,000 words in last Sunday, I’m gunning to get in 9,000 words on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Because Monday’s a holiday due to Remembrance day falling on Sunday.  So hopefully by Tuesday morning I’ll have 44,000 words in my novel, and it won’t even be the middle of the month yet.  Have to see how it goes this weekend.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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