A Brief One from Doug Draper
Posted December 23rd, 2022 on Niagara At Large
For the better half than two hours now in part of north Niagara where my wife Mary and I live, temperatures have been plunging drastically, turning the rain waters that fell over the past 16 or so hours in to hard sheets of ice treacherous for walking.
And the wind is now whistling ever more wickedly through the branches of our trees while we watch fewer and fewer cars and trucks passing on our usually busy street, hopefully making a mad dash home from where ever they were to home.
This ‘Storm Bomb’, as some meteorologists have taken to calling it, is predicted to get worse in the 24 or more hours ahead and virtually all of the tourist attractions, schools up to and including college and university, and other venues have sent out news releases, have announced that they are closed.
Our hearts especially go out to the growing number of homeless people out there – imagine trying to survive under a tent in this?
We also wish well to those living on or near the Lake Erie shoreline, where water levels were predicted to swell by about 10 feet today and where even higher waves were predicted to come crashing in.
One other bone of contention.
Too many meteorologists have spent the last number of days, as this violent and highly costly storm system has swept across from western Canada and the western United States a “once in a generation storm.”
In this age of climate emergency, there is no such thing as a once in a generation or a once in a century storm. Unless we take the action needed to address climate change, we can look forward to more severe weather like this, year after year.
In the meantime, please stay home and be safe everyone, and if the power goes out, Niagara At Large will go dark too and we will see you on the other side.
Here is some great music I discovered this December 23rd morning, written and produced by Jonas Bause, on winter storms. To hear it, click on –
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