Craig's Report - June 08, 2005

Heavy Weather

We have been languishing on the edge of the monsoon that is drowning Southern Alberta and that has made for a wet week. Lots of rain is not unusual in Fernie at this time of year, but waking up to a snow storm yesterday, June 7th after all, certainly was. The accumulations were modest in centimeters, but the snow was extremely wet and our arboreal friends of the deciduous persuasion were ill equipped to cope with it while dressed in their summer leafage. For a while yesterday morning it sounded like a fireworks display outside, as a multitude of branches gave up the ghost with loud cracks.

The power flickered on and off valiantly for a while, but finally a tree across the lines feeding the hill signaled, in a ball of blue sparks and a puff of smoke, that the battle would be lost for a while. Shortly afterwards we got a call from our son to tell us power and hence school was out in town as well and I later heard the whole valley was down. By lunch time the snow finally turned to rain and by late afternoon the tree was gone, the power was back, the beloved computers were again humming and a highway crew had even cleared all the trees kneeling on our street. Civilization can be good!

More snow was predicted overnight, but fortunately the morning just found more rain. This let off long enough for me to take a quick walk up the mountain, which is still quite white on the upper reaches, but not exactly at the point where one should be thinking of waxing the boards.

The sun even put in a few brief appearances while I was out, but as I write this at 18:00 it has given way to light rain with a temperature of 10 C here at the house.

June you say? I expect garden centers around here may be looking at some busy days ahead.

Our crabapple tree struggles under the load, while leaving a cool snow shadow on the grass. Repeated shaking managed to keep this guy intact and the shakers wet and cold.

Even this thin, albeit heavy, layer was enough to bring our backyard bush to its knees. It looks much happier today though.

The power line cut was not a happy place for trees, especially for that one lying across the wires.

More unhappy trees, this time on our street.

Lower Currie Bowl today from the top of Meadow.

Upper Currie Bowl with Polar Peak in the top center, Currie Powder at the upper left and the Currie Chutes at the upper right.

Lizard Bowl from the bottom of Easter Bowl. Arrow is right of center in the upper part of the picture, and leads up to the Bear chair top station.

There was enough snow up high to create some slide activity in upper Lizard.

The old Griz chair cut beside China Wall is one of the many spots getting the barbershop treatment this summer.