Guest Contributor "Canada" lives near the Great Lakes and doesn't quite understand her American friends' longing for snow, or some of the popular weather labels out there.
It's the end of February and we hear forecasts of much snow. It has been a mild winter in Southern Ontario. Most of the snow that has fallen has melted within a day or two and the roads have been cleared quickly. Rarely did the defroster or a squirt of washer fluid not take care of the frost on the windshield. It has been a relatively winter-less winter with the main signs of cold weather being leafless tress and people some people
wearing hats and gloves. People were outside walking around rather than shoveling snow or helping cars that were stuck or had slid off the road.
However newscasts this past week warned of inevitable problems and cautioned everyone to leave extra time for travel. Even The Weather Network had "storm warnings" on. All the satellite and radar maps showed a strong system coming and a somewhat significant snowfall would be inevitable. Even the feeds from American television in the surrounding states had snowfall warnings.
I could hear the wind howling and soon the large flakes of snow were practically blowing sideways. I really should have taken photos or video of it. I have met many people living further south, who truly honestly believe I live in a land that is covered with ice and snow most of the year. Politically north, a higher latitude, a reputation for cold arctic air and the North Pole, well why wouldn't snow come from Canada?