Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Sky is Falling

The past few days have been unbelievably warm up here. Instead of our familiar minus 25C February weather (that's minus 13F for you guys south of the 49th), we hit an unbelievable plus 4C/39F) yesterday. And it actually rained in Iqaluit and elsewhere on Baffin Island.

What's happening, as you can see from the weather map, is that we are part of a weather system beginning around Bermuda, going northward into the middle of the Atlantic, and then cutting inwards over southern Baffin Island and the extreme north of the Ungava peninsula. Consequently we were almost 20C/34F degrees warmer than Montreal, some 1,800 kms to the south.

This bizarre weather has started to unhinge some of the local residents. Everyone's talking about global warming, and although I believe it to be real, a couple of days of really warm weather in our little corner of the world do not a global trend make. Others, though, are beginning to go off the deep-end and talking about Latter Days, the Rapture, the birth of the Anti-Christ and other such drivel.

It seems to me the only predictable thing about the weather is its absolute unpredictability.

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