Looking northwest, South Vancouver, B.C., Canada at 6:18 pm, Sunday, March 8, 2009.
I love the snow. But many Vancouverites did wonder if this was the last of it. Since that Sunday we had about another two centimetres in Metro Vancouver, this past weekend. It did not last long, soon melting away again. These March snows haven’t lasted long. Scientists and weather experts say we’re at the start of another cycle of longer, colder, snowier winters. They predict twenty to twenty-three years for this one now. The last such cycle was about 1946–1973. I fondly remember more than one white Christmas in the 1960s–early 1970s, growing up in Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, and near Duncan on Vancouver Island. This is not something we’re used to anymore here in the Metro area. These last few decades we’ve usually seen a couple of good days of snow maybe every five or ten years on average. Victoria even less. Now this appears to have changed! Victoria and the east coast of Vancouver Island really got it a number of times this winter.
© Copyright photograph by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, March 2009