Winter has ended and spring has officially begun. However, temperatures are lower than normal and every Facebook status today in Ontario includes graphic language to voice an opinion on the woman they call Mother Nature. Windsor, the southernmost city in the country, has been blasted with inch after inch of snow this year, just like everyone else in the nation.
We are hardy Canucks. When the temperature drops, put on those long johns, make a hot chocolate and go about your day. To get warm, it takes only two feet and a little bit of activity.
Winter does not have a conscience. We as citizens of Windsor are fortunate to be southern. Our warm season lasts from May 27 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 22 Celsius. The cold is in our DNA. We are genetically wired for the forces of long winters.
From 1812-1814, a series of prehistoric volcanoes erupted in the Caribbean, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. The catastrophic disasters sent a substantial amount of dust particles through the atmosphere. The massive volcanic eruptions caused the Earth’s average surface temperatures to drop 1 degree, climate changed dramatically everywhere including North America. The cold was caused by less sunlight passing through the stratosphere due to the dust from the volcanoes. Several people died from starvation because there were no available crops. It would later be called the, “Summer that Never Was.”
Imagine if something to that magnitude happened in this day and age? People would lose their minds. We receive a few storms and act as if the world is ending.
Please, before you decide to scrutinize the snow, remember that Canadian culture revolves around bleak weather conditions. So suck it up and stop crying. This is the home of the Maple Leaf, home of the cold.
Welcome to Canada.
By: Shaun Garrity