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The Arrival of Winter 2015 in 1m18s

December 29, 2015 @ 13:32 By: gordon Category: Photography, Weather

I set my GoPro to take a photo every 10 seconds last night. The resulting time lapse is pretty cool:

Clear the snow off the roof of your car

December 27, 2015 @ 19:56 By: gordon Category: General

I drove down to Kemptville this morning for the baptism of my friends’ baby. The weather wasn’t the greatest, with various forms of frozen precipitation in Ottawa progressing to freezing rain somewhere between Barrhaven and Manotick and then rain around Kars. But the highway was clear so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. On the way home in the afternoon, I noticed an alarming number of vehicles shedding huge slabs of ice and snow from their roofs as they drove along. The chunks flew up in the air to an impressive height before shattering on the ground.

Fortunately, as far as I know, none of them landed on the other cars, but if they had the results could have been disasterous. At highway speeds, ice and snow flying off cars and trucks case easily smash a windshield. If the driver is lucky, they won’t be injured and they’ll be able to stop safely. But if they’re not so lucky, they could be cut by broken glass, lose control, or worse.

Last January, for example, there was a driver whose car was hit by a chunk of ice that shattered their windshield. Fortunately, she got off with little more than a few shards of glass in her hands, but it could have been much worse.

So, remember to clear the snow off the roof of your car before you head out. It could save someone’s life.


December 26, 2015 @ 11:35 By: gordon Category: Weather

One of the presents I received for Christmas this year is a small can with a pull top on it. Inside is, apparently, 20 grams of “stuff” that poofs up into about 1.5 litres of artificial snow when you add a small amount of water. (I say apparently because I haven’t opened it, yet.)

Looking at the Franktown radar, it appears that parts of the Ottawa Valley may have popped the top on a giant version of a can of this stuff:

Poor Bancroft appears to be sitting on the boundary between freezing rain and snow.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2015 @ 00:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs

Even though it doesn’t look like Christmas in Ottawa, I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas! Have a save and prosperous 2016!