I was happy outside in shirtsleeves working on my deck. Sal was up at the bunkhouse learning to make sourdough bread. Early afternoon. It was sunny. Life was good.
When I saw her returning, I went in to put the water on for tea. She arrived and we sat down to a nice cuppa. The clouds seemed to roll in pretty quickly after that. Within 20 minutes it was dark-ish outside. Windy. And cold. Ten minutes later it was snowing!
For the next 45 minutes we watched in horror as the wind raged and the snow came in screaming horizontal sheets obliterating our view of the outside. Couldn’t see twenty feet from the house! It looked like a scene from Jack London. It felt like Yellowknife in January.
And so we sipped our second cup of tea, put another log on the fire and wondered which episode of the Twilight Zone we were now in.
Forty-five minutes after that the snow stopped and a few minutes after that sun peeked through. Within the hour, we were bathed in sunshine, sky clear as a bell. Sal shrugged on her jacket and went out to play with the dogs. I went out, cleaned up my work site and started the sushi rice for dinner.
The Snow Thug was gone.
Now, don’t get me wrong……we’ve had snow before. This is Canada. We know snow. But I have never known Hit-and-Run snow. Rogue snow. Snow Blitzkrieg. I have never encountered a mini, nano-term, snow tempest on an otherwise sunny day. At sea level!?
What is going on?
OK. It is not global warming. It is not global change. It is not global anything. I admit that freely. But it was damn odd.
And I blame the oil companies.
Only kidding. I can’t blame the oil companies for an anomaly in the weather. I already blame them for enough as it is. Just about everything, actually. Well, them and Harper, the CIA and Globalization. But I think I can let them all off the hook for that little tempest. But, of course, like most people, the thought crosses my mind. It does make me wonder how a snowstorm can hit like an outlaw MMA fighter in the middle of the day. It really felt like we were being ‘mugged’ by Mother Nature.
What is the world coming to?