Week of February 23rd, 2020

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb 23 Feb 24 Feb 25 Feb 26 Feb 27 Feb 28 Feb 29
High 9.0 11.5 10.4 13.9 1.1 -2.7 -6.1
Low -3.4 0.5 -0.7 -1.4 -4.4 -6.9 -11.8

Lots of storm activity this week. This is typical when the weather is above seasonal. Warmer than usual air translates into lots of snow!

Sunday, February 23rd, 2019 – Looking west across the Nottawasaga Bay towards the Blue Mountains across lots of shore ice.
Sunday, February 23rd, 2019 – The beach is a snowmobile super-highway this time of year.
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 – I got out around noon as the snow was starting but before it got too deep. It’s hard to walk any distance in even a few inches of fresh snow. I don’t think snow shoes would help given how light the snow is. Taken looking east from near 18th street.
Friday, February 28th, 2020 – Today brought a lot more snow. Taken from the beach one boardwalk in near whiteout conditions. There were apparently record high waves on the Great Lakes, but unfortunately there was too much snow to see any distance.
Friday, February 28th, 2020 – There is open water out there, and apparently record high waves, but I couldn’t see it from shore and had no desire to walk out on the ice today. The northwest winds were fierce.
Friday, February 28th, 2020 – I decided against trying to drive into the parking lot today and parked at 5th street. The snow was up to my thighs in places where there was drifting at the 5th street lot.
Friday, February 28th, 2020 – This looks like a snowmobile trail, but this is Golf Course Road on the way into Park Place at Wasaga Beach (where my parents are). this picture taken early afternoon Friday. I met half a dozen snowmobiles and I was the only car on the road.

Week of February 16th, 2020

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb 16 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19 Feb 20 Feb 21 Feb 22
High -0.2 3.8 -1.3 6.3 -1.4 -4.4 4.9
Low -15.9 -3.4 -5.8 -3.5 -6.0 -14.7 -15.1

We’re seeing more typical winter weather, but still warmer than usual.

Sunday, February 16th, 2020
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Week of February 9th, 2020

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Feb 9 Feb 10 Feb 11 Feb 12 Feb 13 Feb 14 Feb 15
High 2.1 3.4 4.8 4.4 0.3 -7.1 -0.2
Low -17.0 -1.2 -1.3 -2.8 -17.4 -23.3 -15.9

This is one of the warmer February’s I can remember. Strange to see so many days above freezing. Nottawasaga Bay should be frozen solid by now, but as you can see, the Bay is wide open.

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 – ice out in the bay. It was cold overnight (-17) with gentle winds so the ice froze a good distance off shore. By afternoon, the wind shifted and the ice was breaking up again.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 – This picture taken from the fast east end of Wasaga Beach close to the outlet of the Nottawasaga River – approximately 1.5 km east of the main beach.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 – Looking across lonely provincial park parking lots to the east of the main beach.
Friday, February 14th – Looking out across the beach from near 16th street. A very cold night (-24C) means a substantial increase in shore ice.
Saturday, February 15th, 2020 – Parking at my usual spot near 18th street as I head down the beach and back on a perfect winter day.