Wednesday, April 20, 2011

a missing few weeks

We had finally gotten rid of the snow and it was getting sunny and springlike. This is a view facing south towards Lake Superior, down Dufferin Street, which has a steep hill. This steep drop off use to be the shoreline of the ancient lake that preceded Lake Superior. You can see the feet of Nanabijou in the far horizon, a laker in the waters of the harbour, and sheets of solid ice still close to the shore. And, of course, you can see the hydro lines that crisscross the streets of our city.
photo by Dean Salerno
I found this photo on the WeatherNetwork site. This is the ice breaker that goes out into the harbour and chops up the ice so the lakers can come in to load up.
photo by Chris Garbo
Photo of the Aragonborg loading up with malt in Thunder Bay
and will be headed to Ireland.

A better view of that ship out in the harbour, by the grain elevators.
Then we had a sudden hailstorm. The sound was something fierce; at first I didn't know what that was pinging loudly against the windows of the house. The hail was the size of ping pong balls. My friend, Armi, who bought herself a brand new little Pontiac last summer, has her car in the shop now. The bill for hail damage: $5,600. Our cars were unaffected. Something about thicker steel on the body of the car, depending on the make of the vehicle, I believe. Then we had a winter storm return back, making everyone grumpy. The winds were fierce, we had a lot of snow, and it was back to boots and winter coats. Tassu loved it more then ever because it was bitterly cold again. I worried that the daffodils that had just started to sprout out of the ground in my garden would be killed even before they had a chance to greet the spring.
Today, most of the snow has melted although there are big patches here and there in my yard and around the city. McVicar's Creek is rushing water again and there's an open patch where the creek meets Lake Superior. Canada geese, mallards, ring-billed gulls, and migrants passing through can all be found paddling in the water. Most of the shoreline is still frozen solid, except for the odd patch of water. Someone new to town with a small packsack on his back went down to the lakeshore, sat on the old log that is in just the perfect spot, and, well, just sat.


marja-leena said...

Crazy weather! We are also having some of the same, like a hailstorm yesterday. Spring is late, coming in spurts then retreating. I know I must not complain for it's still warmer than where you are. Hope spring sill arrive soon for you!

Seeing Lake Superior reminded me of a question I've been meaning to ask you - is there a ferry from Thunder Bay to Hancock, Michigan?

Merche Pallarés said...

A typical current Canadian Spring day, I see... Beautiful pictures! Weather is crazy everywhere, here, one day is Summer and the next Fall... I don't know what to wear anymore!! On my excursions, when I leave in the morning I wear boots but take my sandals in a bag because when the sun comes out, one roasts! Hugs, M.

Merche Pallarés said...

By the way, I wrote something in my blog you may be interested in reading and copying it in yours. Hugs again, M.

Ari said...

Cold autumn, cold and snowy winter and cold spring in Finland. Your weathers have been quite alike. What is the climate change. Just don't understand!

northshorewoman said...

hello ML, MP, and Ari,

It appears we have all been suffering through similar weather, although I am sure when MP says it's cold in Spain, that is more like our warm days up here in the north.

Yes, ML, there is a ferry or some sort of cruise boat that comes and docks a few times over the summer. I've seen the new berth they made for it, and have seen the boat a few times last year. Other than that, I don't know much about it. Maybe on the city of TBay website?

MP, I will visit your blog and see what is up.

Ari, enjoy the cold spring this Easter weekend!