About ten days ago, the Weather Network reported that Ottawa had received more than 300 cms of snow since Nov. 1.
300 cms = 10 feet.
A record? Nope, not for Ottawa. The largest total snowfall on record, in 1970-71, was 444.1 cms (more than 14’6").
And the total is still increasing. On Wednesday, we got nearly 30 cms more snow, bringing the total to 357 cms. Here’s the data in table form (adapted from Wikipedia).
|Total cms||Total feet|
But wait, we’re not done yet. We got another blizzard yesterday! Here’s the scene from our front porch this morning. In Ottawa, we call this a “street”.
To the right … there’s a car under there, somewhere.
A neighbour’s front yard. When you remove the snow from your driveway, it’s got to go somewhere.
Someone’s back there, throwing the snow onto the bank. But you’d need x-ray vision to see him.
Ilona dug a trench from our house to the street. (That’s me in the photo, giving you an idea how deep the trench is!)
Much to our surprise, the snow plow made an appearance early this morning. Usually, we’re a low-priority street.
Wikipedia mentions that the city’s biggest single snowfall was recorded on March 3-4, 1947 — 147 cm (4.5 feet)! It doesn’t bear thinking about, even for jaded Ottawa residents like us.