Canadian climate clears customs, conquers Cambridge

Wednesday, 6 January 2010 — 11:47pm | Adventures

I returned to Cambridge yesterday and it looked like this:

Today, it looked like this:

The Times covered the day as it unfolded, and the Telegraph reports we should expect at least six more days of snow. Here in East Anglia the weather has struck me as tame and, to be honest, rather pleasant; the snow is fluffy and there isn’t much wind. If this is what passes for a meteorological calamity on a national scale, I shudder to think how Britons would take the conditions I saw in Alberta only a week ago. The difference is in preparedness, I suppose.

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4 rejoinders to “Canadian climate clears customs, conquers Cambridge”

  1. A difference, rather, in the preparedness that’s worth having. A few inches of snow can shut down the Southern U.S., but that’s because it simply doesn’t make sense for them to invest in tire chains, snow removal equipment, salt depots, and all the other things that the Temperate Zone requires. So the cost of being immobilized waiting for the snow to melt is balanced against the cost of preparing for something that happens once a decade.

    Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 4:46am

  2. Jones

    John: the problem is that Britain gets this semi-regularly (every year or two) and goes into a panicked frenzy about the unspeakable dangers of snow and temperatures only slightly below freezing. Given the quantities of money they spend on sand and salt each year, a small investment in snowplow fittings for trucks would go a long way.

    PS: Mr. Tam suggests that we have the same employer.

    Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 7:27am

  3. Ashvin

    Seems you’re bad luck for Great Britain, Mr. Tam.

    Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 8:40am

  4. If so, Mr. Jones, you can easily check at who, since I use my real name throughout the Internet.

    Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 10:42pm

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