Week of December 10th, 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Dec 10 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec 14 Dec 15 Dec 16
High -1 -6 -2 -7 -7 -3 -5
Low -6 -12 -10 -12 -11 -8 -9

This was a week where the weather changed quite a bit. We went from no snow to the depths of February in a few days. We’ve had lake effect snow all week and from the forecast, it looks like it here to stay. Apparently, this is a more traditional Canadian winter than we’ve had recently.

Sunday, December 10th, 2017 – This picture tells a story. There should be a few inches of snow on the ground but the snow is so light that it gets blown away. The only snow that remains is compressed – hence the negative footprints in the snow.
Sunday, December 10th – the boardwalk looking east covered with sand and snow. I remember this from last winter as well.
Sunday, December 10th, 2017 – Often I walk down to the beach twice in a day – this is our place at Rose Court in Wasaga Beach as I return from an evening walk to Beach 5.
Monday, December 11th, 2017 – Beach had lots of new snow. Tough to walk. Wore winter boots for the first time today. Picture was taken at the entrance to 14th street (obviously)
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 – As I walked up to my usual entrance at 18th street a snow squall intensified. The wind made this really nasty. What you can’t see in the picture is that with high waves, spray is picked up by the wind and you get pelted with sideways freezing rain coming off the still un-frozen lake.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 – hard to express how nasty the weather was today. I was dressed for mid-winter, but lasted only a few blocks and needed to retreat to Shore Lane out of the wind. You can see there is still no ice on the shore. Because of the spray being blown off the water, the snow is too heavy to blow away – otherwise, the beach would be bare despite the snowfall.
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 – What a difference a day makes. Lots of snow, cold temperatures and new ice pack despite high winds and waves. Also, you can see that the snow on the beach has started to blow away making it easier to walk on sand and ice.
Thursday, December 14th, 2017 – Looking northeast towards Christian Island. You can see snow squalls over the water.
Thursday, December 14th, 2017 – Despite the dark clouds to the east it is clear to the west. Snowmobile tracks on the beach.
Thursday, December 14th, 2017 – I found this interesting. This is looking toward the water. Yesterday this was all covered with snow, but you can see it has all blown away because of the north winds. All that’s left is the snow behind the concrete barriers protected from the wind.
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 – Look towards the northwest across a cold looking Nottawasaga Bay. The waves continue to create berms at the edge of the ice.
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 – Snow squalls were drifting in and out all today. You can see some blue sky to the northeast. I wish we had more sunny days!