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  1. _Derisa_Ollamhin_

    _Derisa_Ollamhin_ Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 31, 2000
    Just got this via email this morning. So much of an in-joke, I had to share!

    Subject: Victoria BC --Wintertime Emergency

    A Chronology:

    - 5:35 p.m. Environment Canada predicts two to five
    centimetres of snow will fall on Victoria within a 24-hour period.
    Television weatherman reads the forecast on-air, turns white and

    - - 5:40 p.m. Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe issues immediate
    appeal for federal assistance. Prime Minister Paul Martin promises to
    send in the army.

    - - 8:45 p.m. Victorians begin queuing at tire stores,
    leaving vehicles in line overnight to be first served in morning.

    - - 10:15 p.m. It turns out B.C.'s last army base, CFB
    Chilliwack, closed in 1998. Martin promises to send in Navy instead.

    - - 10:20 p.m. Navy announces ship deployment to San Diego
    and Hawaii for "security reasons." Conservative Leader Stephen Harper
    suggests Prime Minister call Quebec advertising agencies to shovel the
    snow, "since that's where the Liberals have spent all our money

    - - 6:22 a.m. Temperature plunges. Word spreads that a man
    has found ice on his windscreen. . Curious neighbours gather to watch
    him scrape it off with credit card. One motorist, a former Albertan,
    claims use of mysterious "defrost" switch on dashboard can aid in

    - - 8:15 a.m. Terrified downtown skateboarders lose toques to
    menacing mob of balding, middle-aged men. "We tried to run," they say,
    "but these stupid baggy-assed pants made us fall down."

    - - 9:30 a.m. Hardware stores sell both of their snow
    shovels. Islanders begin cobbling together implements made from kayak
    paddles, umbrellas, plywood, cookie sheets, boogie boards and heavy
    leather sandals.

    - - 10 a.m. Golfers switch to orange balls. Cricket players,
    anxious not to repeat the ugly "snow blower incident" of the Blizzard
    of '96, switch to orange uniforms.

    - - 12 Noon. Word of impending West Coast snowfall tops
    newscasts across Canada. Saskatoon hospitals report epidemic of
    sprained wrists related to viewers high-fiving one another.

    - - 1:20 p.m. Elementary schools call in grief counsellors.
    Grief counsellors refuse to go, citing lack of snow tires.

    - - 2:30 p.m. Rush hour begins early as office workers come
    down with mysterious illness and bolt for home. Usual traffic snarl is
    compounded by large number of four-wheel-drives abandoned by side of

    - - 2:50 p.m. Airplanes are grounded and ferries docked. No
    travel link between Vancouver Island and rest of the world. Victoria
    Times-Colonist headline: "Mainland Cut Off From Civilisation."

    - - 3:22 p.m. Prime Minister Martin announces Canada's DART
    rapid-response team can be on the ground within six months. "We can't
    leave Victoria to deal with 225 centimetres of snow on its own," he
    tells Mayor Lowe. "Um, that's two-to-five centimetres, not
    two-two-five," replies the mayor. The prime minister curses and hangs

    - - 3:33 p.m. Provincial government responds to crisis by
    installing slot machines in homeless shelters.

    - - 4:10 p.m. At behest of Provincial Emergency Program,
    authorities begin adding Prozac to drinking water.

    - - 4:15 p.m. Fears of food shortage lead to alarming scenes
    of violence and looting. Grocery shoppers riot across the city, except
    in affluent Oak Bay area, where residents hire caterers to do rioting
    for them.

    - - 4:30 p.m. Bracing for the arrival of snow, the city is
    gripped by an eerie stillness reminiscent of Baghdad on the eve of the
    invasion. Searchlights comb darkening sky for first signs of

    - - 4:48 p.m. Panic ripples across region as word comes in
    that first flakes have fallen. False alarm. "Flakes" turn out to be
    nothing more than anthrax spores released by terrorists. An uneasy
    calm returns to city.

    - - 5:40 p.m. Weatherman, shaking uncontrollably, tells
    viewers that snow warni
  2. Rogue_Thunder

    Rogue_Thunder FanForce CR, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada star 6

    Jan 7, 2003
    [face_laugh] *looks at thermometer*

    *sigh* I needed that :p
  3. _Derisa_Ollamhin_

    _Derisa_Ollamhin_ Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 31, 2000
    You're very welcome, Berx. :) My pleasure. I was thinking of you guys when I read it. How have things been?

    Jasper feels too far a memory.

  4. liannb

    liannb Jedi Knight star 5

    Jun 30, 2002

    its really warm now, its only -15
  5. Rogue_Thunder

    Rogue_Thunder FanForce CR, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada star 6

    Jan 7, 2003
    Aye too long (and next summer's too far away *hint, hint* ;) )

    Yeah, it's a balmy -14 here now. How's you guys doin'?
  6. _Derisa_Ollamhin_

    _Derisa_Ollamhin_ Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 31, 2000
    Don't kill me? Our roads are clear. Temperature is about 4, and it could get as high as ten later today, and 12 later this week.

    It snowed for the weekend of the eighth and ninth, but then cleared, until we had some frozen rain on Saturday night last. Now that's turned to regular rain, and all that remains of the snowman the kids built on the lawn is a small, and diminishing heart of snow.

    It's only one of the reasons I love my hometown.


  7. Rogue_Thunder

    Rogue_Thunder FanForce CR, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada star 6

    Jan 7, 2003
    I won't kill ye. But I'll make ye pay :p

    It's supposed to get up to +2 today and after -35 temps that's frigging plenty for me :D :cool:
  8. haruwindsong

    haruwindsong Jedi Youngling star 2

    Aug 2, 2004
    Yes. That is rather amusing. Of course, I've lived in various regions of this country, including places where there is habitually 16 or more feet of snow and temperatures average -25 C every winter. Snow in Victoria and the lower mainland can, unfortunately, be extremely nasty because the combination of the warming trend from Japanese current (please look it up on the Internet if you are unfamiliar with the term), the Pinapple Express coming up from Hawaii and an Arctic front causes dumps of excessively damp snow. These produce ice on the highways, a thin layer of black ice on top, and a covering of snow.

    Under these conditions ---- hey, I'm sorry everyone --- but it is very difficult for even the most accomplished individual (those familiar with genuine winter driving conditions) to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. This may be because they assume they know what they're doing and drive like it's winter back east (that's the Interior of B.C. and east for you Ontario, Quebec and Maritimers people, or ex- inhabitants of those provinces). My thoughts. I can remember roofs collapsing, porches and sundecks being torn off and animals dying in the winter of 1996.

    Such is life on the West Coast!
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