That’s enough snow for now

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY GARY SHAW GUEST ED­I­TO­RIAL

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.

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