Such a beautiful season with reds, golds, greens and yellows on the trees and on the ground. Crisper days, changing winds, blue skies all make this a glorious time to enjoy Nova Scotia.
It’s no wonder that the weather is a topic of conversation in Nova Scotia. In the past 3 weeks since the beginning of January 2014 we have seen province wide swings in the weather.
It started out with a blizzard – a total white out. This was followed by freezing rain and extreme ice conditions where roads and driveways were like a skating rink. Low temperatures continued for several days.
Historical chart of January 2014 at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport courtesy of the Government of Canada
Then came the January thaw where we were back to spring jackets, the ground cleared, green grass and tips of bulbs coming up. It felt like spring – but don’t be fooled! Steady rain for 2 days melted most of the snow and ice. The rivers and streams had an ice breakup and swollen rivers and flooded fields and basements in low lying areas.
Last night, as predicted from the balmy day overnight we got 15 CM of snow – light powdery snow with huge flakes. Early morning everything has a fluffy blanket of snow and little wind so the branches of all the trees are outlined with snow.
Who knows what else the winter will bring but it is sure to be interesting. As I am publishing this there is a promised Nor’easter on the way to Nova Scotia with blizzard conditions. Will leave that for another day.
To check the weather
- The Weather Network
- Weather Spark – graphs and charts
- Weather – Nova Scotia Environment Canada
- CBC Nova Scotia Weather
- Nova Scotia Highway Cameras
Articles – January Weather in NS
Ahhh spring. This year we had a March treat of 3 days in the mid 20s (centigrade). The snow disappeared and you can see through the ice on the lakes and patches of clear water on areas that had been iced over. Kids were out in their shorts and the teens were out sunning themselves and soaking up the rays. What a treat to have the summer-like weather even though we knew it wouldn’t last.
The robins have arrived and some hardy plants have started raising their heads – hope they don’t get fooled and frozen at the early stage.
Of course 2 days later the temperature is -4 Degrees C. Quite a feat to know what to wear but layers are the answer.
Looking forward to enjoying the buds coming out on the trees, the crocuses and spring flowers arriving — and yes the odd snow flurries and blustery days thrown in there. This IS Nova Scotia after all where the weather is a great topic of conversation and can change from one minute to the next.
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Denise Davies is a photographer and travel writing living in Antigonish.