(Note: This post was written by Laurel Regan and originally published in a separate blog called “Why Windsor…”, which was later merged with Alphabet Salad.)
The weather in Windsor – at least the weather we’ve experienced since we moved here at the end of October – is thoroughly confusing me. (I think it’s confusing my non-Windsor friends and family, too, as they keep asking me if we’re getting a lot of snow, and are surprised when I say no! I mean, we’re in Ontario, aren’t we?!)
Oh sure, we’ve had snow since October – several snowfalls, in fact. I think some even fell the first week we were here! But so far we haven’t had what I (and quite possibly my friends back home) would define as real winter weather – that is, enough snow to fully cover the grass, snow that sticks around longer than two or three days. If that was the official definition of winter, well, I’m sorry, but we haven’t had it.
I thought it might have finally hit us this past weekend. We did get quite a bit of snow starting on Friday (though still not enough to fully cover the grass!), but then last night a huge dump of rain stormed through and pretty much washed every last bit of the white stuff away.
I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised – after all, part of the reason we chose Windsor over some other city is because our research indicated that in general the winters in this city are usually far milder than in most others in Canada. And I’m actually pretty grateful that so far we haven’t had to deal with a serious dump of snow, partly because I’m not all that excited about driving in the stuff, and also because my boots are still packed somewhere, most likely in the depths of the basement!
Any of my fellow Windsorites care to chime in and let me know if this year’s winter is typical for our city? Enquiring minds want to know…