Ten feet of snow, and counting

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
1970-71 444.1 14’6"
2007-08 357 11’8"
1992-93 347.3 11’4"
1946-47 337.5 11’1"

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”.

snowscape 1

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.

front yard?

Someone’s back there, throwing the snow onto the bank. But you’d need x-ray vision to see him.

neighbour shovelling

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!)

trench through the snow

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.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bridgett
    Mar 09, 2008 @ 23:21:16

    I do not envy you. Not for even a moment. Our 30 inches this winter was plenty.


  2. Bill
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 13:31:43

    So if I come to visit I’ll have to park a few blocks away and crack out my snowshoes?

    Oh and I like the photoshop work on the last Photo.


  3. Bill
    Mar 10, 2008 @ 13:34:37

    My last comment was based on the fact that I know that snowplow only cleared one lane and one of your neighbours will likely park on the street for the week. Welcome to Ottawa folks.


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  5. MaryP
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 08:24:39

    I’m here in Waterloo, land of “why plough sidewalks”? Every block is a new adventure: will there be a sidewalk? If I cross the street, will there be one there? You can’t tell from the other side of the street, because they do not remove the snowbanks. Ever.

    Course, most years they don’t have to. They’re just getting Ottawa snow and no equipment to deal with it.


  6. Stephen
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 09:21:12

    We’ve got some of that going on here, too, but it’s due to the sheer volume of snow. The local sidewalks, even on the busy stretch of our street, were simply impassable yesterday. Pedestrians were forced to walk on the road. But the city was going to remove the snowbanks yesterday night.


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