Sunday, July 24, 2011

Snow - The Icing on the Quake

It's started snowing. Not something that happens that often here in Christchurch. After a brilliantly mild winter so far I'm not really surprised at this. Even the frosts have been lighter than they usually are at this time of year..... it hasn't even been cold enough for really hard frosts.

It's been trying to snow on & off all afternoon.....dull moody skies, the odd flakes of snow which couldn't really decided whether they wanted to be snow, sleet or rain. We've had that often enough - but it never seems to settle.

As of now it's officially snowing though, & what is more - it's settling!! This is quite exciting for a city that really doesn't get snow on any sort of regular basis. One decent dumping over a couple of inches that I can recall in the last 10 years doesn't tend to indicate snow being factored into our daily lives.

It will be interesting to see what happens if this continues & we get a good cover. I clearly remember the last time, in 1992, the power going out city wide & the most of the city pretty much grinding to a halt.
While this is a most welcome distraction to me - I can't help but wonder whether, with this city's compromised infrastructure, we are any better prepared power supply wise than we were back in 1992.

Watch this Space!! I'll update this post if anything spectacular happens within the next couple of hours :)

As it was a few minutes ago at 10.03pm

Edited to update:  11.30pm - It looks like it's settling :)

 Levi discovers SNOWWWWWW!


lynsey said...

Interestingly, you have just described what it's like here in the part of the UK i live in. Because we have a slightly warmer climate here in the south west, the snow doesn't really settle, but last year we had a proper covering, and the country ground to a halt too. I'm glad to hear it doesn't just happen here. hope all stays well for you, and that you keep your power.

Deb said...

I think that we are both blessed then Lynsey ;)
I'm not so sure that snow would be the novel treat that it is if we had months of it to deal with every winter.

A friend just posted on my Facebook wall that they have just had snow where she is in South Africa - 10cm & the same thing happened, everything ground to a!