Just a couple of days ago, it was cold, very cold, with the temperature hovering around 0° F or below during the day, and about 15 degrees colder at night. It had been like that for some time, and while it seemed like weeks it was close to 2 weeks.
We live in Calgary Alberta Canada and that puts us on the 51st parallel of latitude, on top of living at 3400 feet of altitude. So you must have the picture by now, winter arrives early, and leaves late.
There is a weather phenomena that we get, that other places in the world also get when they are in the rain shadow of the mountains. Which is where we are. Just 35 miles or so from here is where the Rocky Mountains start. About 800 miles west of there past all the mountains is the Great Pacific Ocean.
We get a big low pressure area out on the Pacific, in the Gulf of Alaska usually, that starts in the South Pacific around Hawaii, and gradually brings huge quantities of warm humid Pacific air to our coast, and over the mountains. It has the popular name of Pineapple Express, but what it does to our weather is phenomenal. When the weather rises to go over the mountains, it cools and that produces snow and rain on the west side of the mountains in British Columbia. The cloud also dries out. What goes up must come down and as the air drops to the land level again it warms up, and continues to move.
This phenomena is also called a Chinook, named originally by the Indians of yore, where it is supposed to mean “Snow Eater”.
I don’t get out too often to walk, when it is winter, since I don’t much care for wind chills of 30 below, and icy footing underfoot. But when one of these winds come along, it is very hard to resist. So, I bale in an extra Ibuprofen, and rub on more Voltaren and head out to take advantage of the nice day, and today was just that, a bit warmer than yesterday, at 53° F on our thermometer!
It is windy to be sure, but it is mostly sunny, and the snow is melting everywhere, and running down the roads to the nearest storm sewer drain, that hasn’t frozen up over winter. I did manage to see one of them, and it was a lake in the middle of the street, and water was running off lawns across the sidewalk, into the lake and eventually leaking away via a drain on the far side of the road.
So, is this the last of winter you may ask? Not likely, since when this low is over, the cold high can easily return us to winter. Today is the start of Daylight Savings Time, but that does not mean summer or even spring is here. In mid summer we will get 16 hours of sunlight, and a good hour of twilight on each end of that, so our days are long in summer. Winter is just the opposite, 8 hours of sunlight with no twilight to speak of, and a long dark often cold night.
So today I cheer the arrival of a warm day after so many cold ones, and look forward to the warmer longer days than we are having right now. I’ll have to get more Voltaren, and Ibuprofen.
I got this information from a guy I have known for years, and while I was aware of it, I’m not sure that others are, so here it is in it’s entirety.
Difference between http and https– GREAT information!
Once in a while, there is something that comes down the pike that is of real importance.
What is the difference between http and https ?
Don’t know how many of you are aware of this difference, but it is worth sending to any that do not…..
The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure".. If you visit a website or web page, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http:///. This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular "unsecured" language. In other words, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer’s conversation with the website. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.
This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website!
But if the web address begins with https://, that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.
You understand why this is so important, right?
If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.
If it doesn’t, you should NEVER enter sensitive information…….such as a credit card number, SS #, etc..
PASS IT ON (You may save someone a lot of grief)
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
The problem with winter sports is that – follow me closely here – they generally take place in winter.
Have a Great Day and be nice to each other