Week of March 8th, 2020

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 08 Mar 09 Mar 10 Mar 11 Mar 12 Mar 13 Mar 14
High 11.5 13.5 9.8 3.5 7.6 7.0 1.4
Low -0.6 7.2 -2.0 -4.4 -2.0 0.8 -1.9

This has been another week of unusually warm weather as you can see from the temperatures above. Also, This is the first week that the reality of the Coronavirus started to hit home with new cases emerging in Canada and big market losses.

2020 is shaping up to be a challenging year. We hardly had a winter this year and are likely going to be faced with long periods of social-distancing and likely even higher water levels than last year messing up the beach. You can feel business grinding to a halt.

Monday, March 9th, 2020
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Saturday, March 14th, 2020

 

 

Week of March 1st, 2020

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 01 Mar 02 Mar 03 Mar 04 Mar 05 Mar 06 Mar 07
High 5.2 8.7 5.8 4.6 6.5 3.9
Low -15.3 -4.4 -6.6 -0.7 -1.5 -0.7

Sunday, March 1st, 2020 – I was passed by a snow machine on my way from 18th street to beach one. It’s easier to walk on the snow mobile trails because they are packed down.
Sunday, March 1st, 2020 – Looking west towards Blue Mountain. Open water in the distance. The temperatures have been ridiculously warm for this time of year.
Monday, March 2nd 2020 – Looking across the Bay from near 16th street. The ice tends to chew up tree branches that floats in and gets caught in moving ice – note the branches in the foreground.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 – Another warm day, but strangely I was able to walk down the snowmobile path without getting my feet wet – little slush.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 – The melt became visible today. The sun warms the wooden boardwalk creating huge puddles. Taken near 5th street along the boardwalk at Beach 2.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 – Looking west across an open boardwalk – first time in a couple of months.
Thursday, March 5th, 2020 – I walked down the snowmobile trails today. A little slushy but surprisingly firm given the warm temperatures. White snow doesn’t absorb a lot of sunlight!
Thursday, March 5th, 2020 – The snowbanks from last weeks snow storms are melting quickly. Taken west of 13th street walking along Shore Lane.

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
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.