Weather, information, sayings and etcetera
“If you don’t like the weather now, just wait five minutes”..It takes longer than five minutes,,,sometimes..but it will change,
Newfoundland Labrador has been home for me for over fifty years. I have endured rain, sleet, snow, drizzle, fog, some sun, and a mixture of all. We Newfoundlanders and Labradorians talk more about weather then our second topic, food.
My father-in-law would look at the sky and make comments such as
‘It’s a Mackerel sky and mares’ tails..” it’s what”, i’d say..”what do you mean?’ It’s going to be windy..Link here for a more detailed description.
We were all familiar with “Red sky at night sailor’s delight, Red sky in morning sailor’s take warning”
The following two stories were copied from the above link. Click anywhere on the the green lettering to visit the Environment Canada site.
I remember the Ocean Ranger Disaster. The weather was terrible that night and morning with high winds and snow. We awoke that morning to check the news for cancellations, however; all the news and it should have been was the search for survivors. There were none. Most of us knew or were related to someone who was lost.
Our son and son-in-law are working or have worked on the rigs. The weather can get ugly out there.
- Ocean Ranger Disaster – February 15, 1982. Bad weather caused the sinking of the largest semi-submersible drilling rig in the world, 300 km east of Newfoundland. In total, 84 people died in the world’s second worst disaster involving an offshore drill ship. Winds of 145 km/h, waves of 21 metres and high seas hampered rescue efforts.
- The ice storm of April 13,1984 was one of the worst that I’ve experienced.. We spent four days in the basement cooking and getting heat from a wood stove.
- Newfoundland Glaze Storm Cuts Power to 200,000 – April 13, 1984. Residents of the Avalon Peninsula were without electricity for days when cylinders of ice as large as 15 cm in diameter formed on overhead wires. The severe, two-day ice storm covered all of southeastern Newfoundland with 25 mm of glaze.