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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Solitude in Killarney Park with view of Silver Mountain (My cousin, who has a fondness for this lovely Provincial Park mistakenly say the mountain is highest point in the province. Not so, the Ishpatina Ridge, a two day's canoe trip upstream from where I live, is. Ishpatina Ridge, Temagami -

All summer I have read of the severe weather being experienced around the continent not to mention around the world. Heat in the southern United States(with the added insult of forest fires). Tornadoes and floods in the central United States. Hurricane threats to the Texas coast and East coast. Drought in the southeast and Pacific coast.

Canada's west coast has had both drought and floods. this year. The prairies has had some drought and the odd Tornato and even Northwest Ontario has had drought this year. The Maritimes always has more than its share of exciting weather as it get it weather not only off the continent but up the Atlantic coast.

Each morning, there seems to be "news of fresh disasters". I feel badly for my friends and family living in these area of dramatic weather. I also am glad I do not live there.

Where I live , on the southern edge of Northeastern Ontario, avoids most dramatic weather events. We get a lot of variable weather from heat to cool to rainy to sunny. Each season is about the same length of three months. Every day is a suprise. But truly bad weather is a rarity. Yes, it can be cold in the Winter with -20C and lower being not uncommon for two months and we can get a couple of weeks of 30C heat in the summer. Otherwise it is quite comfortable and manageable. (It would be nice if we had more than 100 days of frost free days.)

In a way were I live is protected by the Great Lakes. Most of our weather comes from the West or Southwest. When it comes from the West it crosses the length of Lake Superior which brings rain or snow leaving the lake at Wawa and traveling on a track north of us through Timmins. When the weather comes from the southwest it comes up the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys and crosses the great lakes tracking south of us travelling through cottage country and on through Ottawa. We are on the fringe of these two storm systems. Seldom do they track though here and leave heavy rains or snow. It was 1972 when the last serious Tornado tracked through here, right by the edge of the city of Sudbury and through our neighbour town of Field. The last time we had heavy Winter snows which thawed quickly under a warm rainly Spring we had the flood of 1979. It would have been less severe if the controls on the watershed had been managed better.

I like our variable weather with warm summers, long Spring and Fall and cold and limited snowfall (compared with places north and south of here) in Winter. I am glad not to have to deal with disasterous weather events in any season. It is fun to be surprised by the weather almost daily.

This is a good place to live.!


At 8:15 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

It does sound lovely.
I am a cold weather person, so the -20 C temp probably wouldn't bother me.
I agree with liking changing seasons--here in central PA we get a good dose of that, but we also get HIGH humidity in summer!

At 9:42 p.m., Blogger karl said...

you make it sound so inviting.

At 9:51 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

rent your cabin and I bet it would stay full. We all think its beautiful there and you have snow and cold weather which I love

At 10:07 p.m., Blogger judie said...

About your new little chick. One out of 45? That means she/he's a keeper, right? No head chopping Philip.

It's so beautiful there. Are you trying to rag on your cuz?

Peggy's right. Rent your cabin and it would alway be filled.

At 12:16 a.m., Blogger Gattina said...

Fortunately where I live we have no tornados or other catastrophes, we have the 4 seasons although this year we had a very warm winter and a very cool rainy summer, but that happened before.
BTW there are a lot of German bunches in the royal families of Europe ! They all have a german ancestor. Maybe you too, do you know where your ancestors came from ? Maybe your great great grandfather or mother were germans ? Never judge people by their nationality there are good and bad once in each country. And if you read the blogs we all have more or less the same feelings even if we live all over the world.
Guess what ? I am German, lol !!


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