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January 18, 2006

People are not supposed to live here....

Montreal has the most insane climate. The hottest day in the summer can be more than 60 degrees warmer than the coldest day in winter. The summer brings choking humidity, and the winter is so dry that your elbows crack and you've got to keep a chapstick in every pair of pants.

This morning was definitely one of the craziest days I've seen, and this was not because of the temperature. For the last two weeks the weather has done everything. We've had -29 and sunny, +5 and rainy, and snow at just about every temperature. Then, last night, the freezing rain came. Now, this was nothing like the crazy storm of 1998 but for me it was a new experience.

It was basically impossible to walk on the sidewalks. Imagine a nice undulating skating rink with a layer of running water on top. The only thing a pedestrian could do was to walk in the middle of the road where the ice was a little less bad thanks to passing cars. By the time I'd left my apartment at 8:30am, traffic in my neighbourhood had come to a stop thanks to a couple of accidents. The center waling grooves added a little extra hazard though. The water was running down these literal gullies like small rivers and in certain spots it was beginning to form ice on the asphalt. This ice also happened to be nice and invisible. It was exciting and kind of bizarre.

Posted by Alistair Howard at January 18, 2006 08:03 PM


Woah, that's pretty funny. I like the photo, nice work. Must say, weather in Victoria lately hasn't been /that/ awesome either... but it could be worse!!

Posted by: scO at January 18, 2006 10:25 PM

That looks like a scene from 'War of the Worlds' or something. Weird.

Posted by: Lisa at January 18, 2006 10:28 PM

Yes they are. We have this weather because we don't want too many guys from bc stealing the girls from mcgill....

Posted by: Antoine at February 11, 2006 08:52 PM