Sunday, February 17, 2008

Snow blind

Hide the sharp stuff. Winter's gone on too long, but spring seems so far away.
And if you think there is much more of winter this year, you're right, at least in eastern Canada and the US northeast. If I find some good stats, I'll link to them. However, I do keep pretty good track of snow cover in the areas where my friends and I hunt trilobite fossils.

Along the north shore of Lake Ontario, where we always have at least one thaw in the winter that removes the snow and allows for some collecting, the region has been covered by more than 10" of snow. Ottawa and central Ontario have about twice the amount of snow on the ground as normal. The Montreal region also has about double the normal snow cover. In the Eastern townships, the snow level is about 1.5 times the norm (which swings wildly anyway because of the sporadic storms that hit the region from Lake Ontario and the sea. The northern St. Lawrence River area has well over a meter of snow on the ground.
You can really see a difference in southwestern Ontario and northern Ohio, where snow arrived in December, melted somewhat after Christmas, and had returned, unbroken, since the early new year. Snow covers places in the "sun parlor" region of Leamington ion depths and longevity that are quite abnormal. The snow cover extends south of Columbus, Ohio, well into Pennsylvania, and over all of New York except the lower Hudson Valley.
So, for now, the bugs are very safe.

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