[sunny moments captured]
[west edmonton sunset and construction-scape]
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On a recent wintry visit to Edmonton, Alberta I was quite struck by the snow; it was a very different texture from what usually falls in the Greater Toronto/Niagara region and definitely different from the few flakes that have fallen across South/Eastern England this year. Edmonton is so dry that the snow falls more like glitter, it is soft and ever so sparkly.
[calgary airport staff enjoy some sledding]
[canada & snow]
Leaving Friday morning from Heathrow on the way to California for a conference I was mentally preparing myself for sun and warmer weather. Instead, my flight was overbooked and I ended up going via Calgary to San Francisco. Part of the (still going) adventure was the massive snow storm last night in Calgary which successfully grounded pretty much all flights! Airport staff told us the airport was shutting down and sure enough, after a few hours there really weren't many people around (especially if you don't count those like us in the queue to find out what to do while in Calgary). Though it's not snowing now in Calgary it is -34 degrees C (with the wind chill) and yes, I do count that because the wind is fierce now, blowing snow around making for pretty poor visibility. People's cars are not starting (and these are rugged big jeeps and pickups) and the hotel doors have frozen open.
[let it snow]
snow is great...but in October? That was weird. Or rather, frightfully odd if one considers the farmers' almanac.... (I've been playing with an online application that translates from posh English to Geordie and Irish and Scouser and Ali G and even more...check it out)