Friday, 18 April 2014

It Is Cold and That Is A Good Thing

It is raining. It is gray. It is wet. It is cold. And that is a good thing.

After a blistering winter we are having the non spring. We have had a couple of warmish days but nothing to write home about. There are still a couple of patches of snow on the lawns both at my parents and at Tess' and here and there around town although that will probably go in today's rain. In the woods there and in all shady areas it is a different story with still a lot of snow to go.

Just out of town a few miles there is lots and lots of snow still on the ground and to the east in the Cariboo mountains, in Wells, Barkerville, and Yanks Peak there is still several feet and it looks like they are in for three more months of winter.

Believe it or not, that is a good thing.

We had a tremendous amount of snow this winter. Way, way above average especially in the mountains. While the Fraser River is still low water is raising in the Quesnel and Baker Creek is a raging torrent already. I can only imagine the horror if it turns hot and stays hot.

In years like this long, slow, springs are a blessing, hot weather the enemy. Hot weather, quick snow melts, lead to massive flooding from the headwaters all the way to the farmland and cities of the lower mainland.
I don't like the cool but I don't like flooding either. Spring could be interesting.

Every year we watch the rivers here in anticipation of what may happen. Locally we haven't flooded since 1972 but every year we sit and wait. What kind of spring will we have?

This is another watch and wait year. If it turns hot I will be taking donations for an ark. Send money via Paypal to noah@flood.com

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