Week of Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar14 Mar15 Mar16 Mar17 Mar18 Mar19 Mar20
High 3.1 -0.3 5.2 8.1 6.4 4.2 13.5
Low -4.9 11.1 -5.7 0.1 -2.1 -6.6 -5.2

This week we watched the shore ice slowly disappear. This was a gentle winter compared to years passed. We rarely say the bay fully frozen and I felt safe enough to walk out on the ice only a few times.

Sunday, March 14th, 2021 – looking west across the Bay towards Collingwood on a Sunday morning walk. Above freezing and the ice berms are still protecting the shore.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – Taken in the evening from near beach 6 looking towards the Collingwood terminals – the shore ice is all but gone from this end of the beach.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – Around noon the same day. Looking west from beach one across the boardwalk.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – Taking a shortcut at 13th street to get off the beach.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – taken in the evening at beach six near 50th street – lots of open water, but persistent shore ice.

Week of Sunday March 7th, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar07 Mar08 Mar09 Mar10 Mar11 Mar12 Mar13
High -2.1 10.1 10.5 13.2 18.9 8.3 7.5
Low -14.8 -14.2 0.5 -0.3 2.8 -3.4 -8.8

Most days this week I walked down the beach twice. The evening pictures are taken from the west end of the beach between 50th and 57th street.

Sunday, March 7th, 2021 – Taken from the beach exit at 50th street. The terminals across the bay are closer from this end of the beach.
Sunday, March 7th, 2021 – The Beach 6 washrooms and change station at beach 6 as the sun sets.
Sunday, March 7th, 2021 – The partially frozen bay, looking northwest towards the blue mountains.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 – Taken at beach 2 – the snow on the boardwalk is melting! It’s much easier to walk on wood rather than snow and ice.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 – Taken at 50th street looking east.
Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 – Same spot the next day.
Thursday, March 12th, 2021 – We had ferocious north winds on Thursday – Taken from 50th street looking northwest.
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 – Today could have been a summer day except for all the pesky shore ice. At the east end of the beach mid day heading towards beach one.

Week of February 28th, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb28 Mar01 Mar02 Mar03 Mar04 Mar05 Mar06
High 7.3 5.6 1.2 5.7 -0.4 -0.1 -1.7
Low -2.9 -11.7 -15.3 -0.7 -8.9 -7.7 -7.6

I’m not sure whether March came in like a lamb or a lion. It was certainly cold enough overnight with blowing snow (-12C). It was warming up nicely by Monday. I guess we’ll call it a lion in hopes of an early spring?

Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Looking east on my way to beach one.
Monday, March 1st, 2021 – Taken just west of 13th street looking west. These barriers protect properties along Shore Lane from blowing sand. 
Thursday, March 4th, 2021 – Looking west across the bay – high waves and cold temperatures have made the ice berms in the distance enormous!
Thursday, March 4th, 2021 – Kit sailors at the far west end of the beach. I never managed to get a picture up close. They were on sleds criss-crossing the ice.
Friday, March 5th, 2021 – This week we could finally walk a decent distance out on the ice.
Saturday, March 6th, 2021 – I use this blue Shore Lane Trail sign as my benchmark for how deep the snow is. We’ve lost about a foot of snow on this drift in the past week. The snow used to cover the Shore Lane trail sign to the top.