For Posterity

VicPark(southeast)The forecast high for Regina today is plus 8 degrees C. Double digit temperatures in the 12-13 degree C range are also forecast for Friday and Saturday. So it looks like the long-awaited spring melt is finally upon us.

To help future generations appreciate what we’ve endured over the last six months or so, here’s a photograph of Victoria Park taken this morning from the Cenotaph facing south-east (click to enlarge).

May we never see a winter like this again. Although with the worst effects of climate change, especially at the polar regions, still to come, I wouldn’t bet against it.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

10 thoughts on “For Posterity”

  1. Remember when we had a bad winter it was just that, a bad winter. Now we all want to call it climate change. Wonder why we do that?

  2. Indy 500: Remember when we used to say that people died of natural causes it was just that, natural causes. Now we all want to call it cancer. Wonder why we do that?

  3. Well, “we all” do that for a couple of reason. First, it’s a valid statement: climate change is real and anomalous weather, like this winter, is a symptom of it. Second, for the last 20 years assholes have been propagandizing against climate change’s existence and delaying political action on it to the benefit of the fossil fuel industry (and their own egos), and everyone who’s not an asshole is fed up with this bullshit, so we’re going to bring it up every chance we get.

    Do you dispute the reality of climate change, Indy 500? I hope not, because that’s an ignorant, arrogant and deluded thing to do.

  4. The Smithsonian has an article about the effect of melting Arctic ice on snowfall. Anyone who’s confused about the connection between shitty winters and global warming can learn more here. I’m sure we can all accept that the Smithsonian is a credible source.

  5. The picture of Vic Park was taken after a couple of weeks of evaporation and melt, not to mention the clearing of the walkways, so it doesn’t begin to indicate what Regina accumulated.

  6. Fuck that shit. This was the worst six-month stretch ever. That was more than just a bad winter/spring; that was screwed up jet stream due to melting arctic ice and foo you to Regina housing prices rolled into one, clearly a shot at our recent boasts about being “No. 1.”

  7. Oh, and by the way, not so long ago, we used to actually benefit from what Calgarians call the Chinook. Yes, growing up, for about 8-10 days every February, we could go out at recess in just t-shirts (until we were punished for doing so). This also represented Wave 1 melting, and the start of spring fever. During Wave 1, south-facing yards lost about half their snow and north-facing would at least show the fringe. WE HAVE NOT HAD A PROPER CHINOOK IN OVER 5 YEARS WTF is that all about? And no one seems to remember. Not even last year, which was mild across the board with early snow melt. We still didn;t have a good old fashion romantic Chinook period in February. The loss of Chinook has been one of the worst aspects of New Climate winter.

    And also, if you recall, I think our first permanent snowfall was around Nov 2…rain turned to snow and then to ice… That only started to melt yesterday.

  8. That wasn’t a chinook, TFJ: that was the “bonspiel thaw”, which usually followed the post-Christmas cold snap.

  9. Bronymous: if musicians wanted to use it, they might have some appropriation issues with Chinookan tribal folks in the Pacific Northwest.

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