Groundhog Day Blizzard Of 2011

Hi folks and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This weeks entry is all about the groundhog Day blizzard of 2011 and how it affected not just me but brought new people into my life. This was the first time that a blizzard warning was issued for somewhere close to where I live, in the GTA and it wasn’t as cold as it was last winter during the day. It came over my Weather Radio and as much as I want to be entertained by warnings like this and storms such as this, it did make me a bit worried about doing my grocery shopping and how much of a problem I would have getting there and back home.

On the weather front, I actually heard the word thundersnow for the first time and well, that was also my first time hearing the voice of Jim Cantore, all be it in a Youtube video of him being surprised by the thundersnow. It actually made me laugh and it still does when ever I watch it. I guess it made him sort of a household name, at least for me.

Oh, here is the Wikipedia article on it for more on this storm.,_2011_North_American_winter_storm

As for Weatheradio Canada, well, it was working just fine and all the alerts went out as they should. This weekend the Toronto WXR went down on Saturday and wasn’t up for another couple of days. This also happened during another winter storm, which wasn’t as bad but what if it was?

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Another blog you may want to follow alongside this one is from Phil Chadwick. He is a retired meteorologist from Environment Canada and his specialty was severe weather. Here is the url.
Check it out if you are a weather nut. He has stuff in there that I didn’t even know. Well, after all, he did work for Environment Canada for many years and he retired in 2011.
Well, that’s it for today’s blog post. Talk to you on Sunday.


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