Thursday, November 24, 2016
Life after snow?
I was rummaging in the storage locker today. For a brief moment I considered the Vespa's winter storage cover. Then I tossed it back on the shelf.
Snow, shmow. I'm in no mood to close the book on riding for 2016. It might happen, it might not.
The truth is that Toronto is new to me. I'm pinning my hopes on the lake effect.
Buffalo New York is far enough due south on the far shore of Lake Ontario that its climate differs substantially from ours. More clement, right? Wrong!! They get hammered by 'ole man winter. Yikes! Snow to the rafters!! It's the lake effect.
We live on the north shore of that massive inland sea. Our lake effect, like their's, comes from the huge basin of water that doesn't freeze over in the winter. That has a moderating effect on the winter climate here. Go figure! Not that Toronto hasn't suffered the occasional snowpocalypse or snowmageddon. I remember one storm when Toronto declared a state of emergency and called in the armed forces to rescue the city. We Montrealers laughed, and laughed. Hell, we only called in the army for the '98 ice storm when people were burning old furniture in their fireplaces to keep warm.
It might be snowing ten kilometers north of Lake Ontario and raining on the shore in Oakville. I've seen that. Many years back we were driving in from Montreal to celebrate Christmas with my parents in Oakville. It was snowing in earnest on the highway. Our kids' hopes of building a snow fort on my parents' lawn evaporated like a gentle rain in Death Valley. The lawn was green and soaking up that gentle rain.
So who knows?
The cover stays in the storage locker.
Posted by David Masse