That’s enough snow for now
In Labrador, snow is nothing new, it’s a regular part of the lives that Labradorians live. Labrador has recently been at the extreme end of the amount of snowfall, measured with anywhere else in the country, coast to coast to coast.
No matter what time of year it is, most of the conversations we engage in with our neighbours and co-workers begins with a chat about the weather. There is little doubt that the subject has been tunnel-visioned on the enormous amount of snow we have received in the past couple of months.
Make no mistake, we are used to a lot of snow, it’s a regular and expected reality for us. That being said, even in conversations with folks who have been here for many years, everyone is on the same snow page. No one can remember having so much, so early, in the winter season.
Everyone shares their stories of winters gone by and the big storms of yesteryears, but don’t recall so much snow so fast at the start of the season.
When we step out the door of our houses in Labrador we have been hearing the same three sounds. We have been surrounded by the steady hum of snow blowers, the sound of snowmobiles and the backup alarms on the loaders trying to keep ahead of the most recent dump of snow. A symphony of sounds that has been the constant reminder of our weather.
As of a short time ago, there was around 180 centimetres of snow already on the ground in Labrador. That’s a lot of snow, amounts we would normally expect as we are celebrating New Year’s Eve.
The same questions are being asked in most conversations. When is it going to slow down and where are we going to put it all. These are fair questions that we will have to wait and see how it all turns out.
The bad news is that we have to deal with this environmental blast that we have received. The good news is that we are a resilient people who will, through the jigs and reels, manage to get through it all and have this year’s snow added to the inventory of many incredible weather stories we have to share.
We should be thankful that all of this snow is our burden. We only need to look at the folks who are so tragically dealing with the incredible devastation and loss of lives in the California fires. We will manage the snow; it is after all, nothing new for us.