April 2019 Ice Over

Lately , it seems Springtime arrives with lots of surprises.

Last weekend outside conditions seemed to indicate the beginning of a nice, sunny, Spring with our temperature finally elevating a few degrees above zero raising everyone’s spirits.

Many believed this lull in a long period of grayness finally, as the end of our dreadful winter that seemed to linger too long because after all, officially it was already Spring.

Some quickly took this opportunity to shed the winter tires on their cars and trucks forgetting that April can be nasty with weather quickly devolving into a serious problem although mostly a temporary one.

Last Saturday, April 6, while on my way to a local store I noticed two of my neighbors busy changing their tires and wondering to myself if I should do the same however, my instinct told me don’t be fooled wait another week or so.

While I am writing this, our local power utility, Hydro Quebec, still has over 80,000 customers without electricity, an improvement from the original well over 400,000 at height off the ice storm.

Some of these unfortunate folks remain now into their third day waiting in damp, cold homes or having abandoned their houses, at prescribed, local “warming shelters”, where warm food and shelter is available.

Seems most of the freezing rain damage occurred mostly north of the island of Montreal, in the Laurentian Mountains however, there was a sizable outage in certain parts of the city for at least a day or so at the beginning.

Lately, it seems Springtime arrives with lots of surprises, some expected, others that sneakily catch the unprepared like for instance that costly terrible 2017 flood along the Saint Laurence river.

That infamous disaster’s effects still linger on even today for some of the communities lining the banks of that river.

As my picture shows weather-wise things have drastically improved this afternoon with our outdoor temperature having reached about five degree Celsius causing ice on these tree branches to melt with some ice chunks falling every time there is a bit of a breeze.