For most of North America receiving a couple of feet of snow is just a normal winter, but here on the West Coast of Canada it is cause for outright chaos. Vancouver slithers to a complete halt with only an inch of snow - offices, schools and transit all shut down until the rains washes it all away. Over the past three weeks we have been receiving snowfall after snowfall with "severe" storm warnings having been declared at least four times. After the first big snowfall everyone did what they typically do - leave the snow alone and wait for it to melt. Only it didn't melt, we received double digit negative temperatures that froze the slush in place and to commemorate this odd event some brave hearts went skating on the roads.
We are currently experiencing our fourth major snowfall event of the year and it has been accumulating to unprecedented levels. The local media has coined the phrase "Snowmageddon" to describe the apocalyptic nature of West Coasters who insist they can drive anywhere without putting snow tires on their cars. We have received an accumulation of over three feet of the white stuff, at least 12 inches is still compacted onto the ground and a lot of roads remain impassable. According to various news reports this is the largest amount of snowfall since records were started in 1935.
So why did GG choose this winter to start building his house? The logic goes something like this: over the past few winters, sitting aboard Curare in the tropics, and hearing from friends of the mild weather on the west coast it made a lot of sense. We could sail up to the Maritimes during the summer months and spend the winters undertaking the construction when the temperatures were cooler and the weather was agreeable. Not even our trusty Farmers Almanac predicted a winter like the one we are experiencing.
At this point GG has no other options (since he started this project before the snow arrived) so the house construction is ongoing and he's getting lots of unexpected exercise shoveling a 500 metre long driveway every few days. Meanwhile we are watching the weather daily attempting to figure out when this snowy trend is going to let up. In that way it's not much different from being on the boat, we're always watching the weather somewhere.