Thursday, January 10, 2008

The library

A snow squall

We had rain yesterday. Quite a bit of it. Weird, for Quebec in January. It got weirder.

Last night around 9:00 when I heard thunder and then looked outside to see snow blasting down in front of the windows, I checked the weather conditions to see what exactly we were having. It said snow squall warning. I did not know such a thing existed. Now I do, and I also know the definition of a snow squall. In case you don't already know and you want to, keep reading.

In a snow squall:

  • Snow must be falling.
  • A strong wind of at least 22 knots or 39 kilometers per hour must blow for at least one minute.
And just for fun...

In a blizzard:
  • Winds must be sustained at 40 km/h.
  • Visibility is less than one km.
  • The wind chill value is greater than 1,600 watts per meter-squared, or the temperature is -25 C or lower.
  • The above conditions must be met for a minimum of four hours.
  • Not necessary for snow to be falling.

So there you have it. I wish I had a picture of a flash of lightning through the blinding snow, but I was not foolish enough to leave the warmth and safety of our home to take one.

Instead, I snapped this one. I especially love that he's holding a book that I owned and loved as a little girl.