Tonight I’ll be “springing ahead” my alarm clock in the midst of yet another blizzard in what seems like an endless barrage of them here in Montreal. 40-50 more centimetres (thats 2-2.5 feet) are dropping today, which has actually been good for my productivity levels (and for HBO DVD sales, I’ve bought and watched four seasons of The Wire in pretty much a few weeks since the snow makes even the four block walk to Starbucks seem daunting).
The Globe and Mail reports Montreal is well on its way to breaking the 383 centimetre snowfall record set in 1970-71, while Toronto will break its record (set in the 1920s) sometime in the next 24 hours. For two cities known as some of the snowiest in the world, this is no small feat. Its a really strange thing to experience, because never in my life have I seen so many people discuss the weather (and never have I been so willing and excited to discuss the weather). The man at the store across the street has repeatedly (I’m talking five or six times, unknowingly i think) told me about how he hasn’t seen this kind of winter since he was a child, and anti-Al Gore-ers think this warrants “global warming is a conspiracy” chatter (though lots of precipitation does not necessarily mean a colder climate, so they are a tad misguided, and if i understand it all correctly i thought wacky weather systems, snow included, could actually be a sign of global warming’s effects?). Either way, I realize blogging about the weather is a new low, but its because of the weather I haven’t been able to get out and have anything else to blog about, so this is as good as it gets.