Ozie’s Musings: Winter’s coming….

Mountain Ash tree heavy with berries
Outside my window – Legend has it that heavily laden Mountain Ash trees predict a harsh winter.

Call it morbid curiosity, but once the calendar page opens onto September, I start wondering what the weather gods have in store for us.  And according to Dave Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, “La Nina, the ugly sister of El Nino, is rearing its head.” Now, if you’re a skier,  this can only mean good things.

Predictions call for a better than 50% chance that this year’s La Nina will bring cooler temps and more snow to western Canada than last season. And for those of us fortunate enough to remember the epic La Nina snows of 2011, 2017 has the potential to be the mother of all winters.

I think from a skier’s perspective, Lady Bird Johnson said it best,  “When I no longer thrill in the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.”  So let’s all pray for La Nina to announce her presence early and often.

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