From Record Breaking Highs in February to Bone Chilling Temps in March


….it was too good to be true….winter is still with us

In February we set records for the warmest February ever in Toronto and southern Ontario. People were wearing spring jackets, tee shirts and some brave souls wore shorts. In Toronto all the snow had melted but north of the city there was lots of snow and skiers were enjoying spring skiing conditions.

Every year our physical education teacher organizes two cross country ski trips for our grade 4 and grade 5 students. It is usually the only time I go skiing but I love it, so when I was asked if I wanted to go again to supervise the students I jumped at the chance. The first group went on the 22nd of February and the second group went the next day. Both days were exceptionally warm, 15 degrees celsius. Luckily Hardwood Hills had a lot of snow this winter so the base was good and the conditions were excellent.

I went on the second day so I was warned that I wouldn’t need heavy clothing. I packed three tops and extra socks. I’m glad I did because every time I came inside I had to change my top and socks because I was soaked through from perspiration. Many of the kids skied  with only their tee shirts on. It was a beautiful day and the more I skied the more confident I became. My goal was to not fall. I’m happy to report that I met that goal and I skied the equivalent of 13 000 steps and 50 flights of stairs.

March 1st didn’t enter like a lion but by the evening the temperatures had plummeted from double digits above zero to minus zero in a matter of hours. Today and yesterday the temperatures went even lower to minus 13 celsius. The good news is that warmer temperatures are forecast for this coming week. The ice that formed along the water’s edge will give you some idea of just how cold the last few days have been.

2 thoughts on “From Record Breaking Highs in February to Bone Chilling Temps in March

  1. Wow what fun. I have only been skiing once -a week long trip to Verbier, Switzerland. It was a dream come true and I loved every minute of it. That was 24 years ago and I don’t think I will ever ski again so glad I got to do it then.
    I can’t imagine temperatures dropping so drastically and suddenly. Keep warm!

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  2. Wow, crazy drop in temperatures! As for skiing, I’m rather good in Alpine (that is, downhill) but I’ve never learned to do this flat variety and never had the skis for it, no matter how healthy I know it is. I don’t think Tuscany is a great place to start. 😀 Looks great fun though!

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