What a winter!
It’s been so cold that police officers have been yelling "thaw" instead of "freeze."
It’s been so cold that you don’t mind when strangers rub up against you on the bus.
It’s been so cold that a co-worker told me she would settle for a lousy summer.
We’ve certainly had a lot of things to talk about these past few months, ranging from the mundane that comes with living on the Canadian prairies to the eye-popping stuff we won’t soon forget.
The soul-sucking winter deep freeze arrived earlier than usual and was followed by a blizzard in late December that introduced Winnipeggers to never-ending road ruts. Meteorologists from Environment Canada have reported that this has been the second coldest winter in 75 years, the coldest in 35 years and the snowfall total is 50 per cent greater than normal.
We added a new winter phrase to our vocabularies — "polar vortex" — and found out that the planet Mars is actually a warmer place to be. Even our neighbours south of the border were pummeled — the U.S. National Weather Service released a ‘misery index’ that reinforced this winter has been one of the most miserable on record.
Broken water mains were followed by frozen water pipes as well as firefighters delivering water.
So who’s ready for spring?
For Charleswood resident Sandi McFall and her family, the arrival of a new season is long overdue.
"I can’t wait for my kids to be able to go play outside on the soccer pitch," McFall said.
"The warmer weather also means taking advantage of a leisurely walk with our family in the Assiniboine Forest without toques and mittens."
With so much snow piled up on either side of the driveway the melt is also going to bring a much needed social release.
"I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with my neighbours, who I feel like I haven’t seen all winter because of the snow banks," McFall added with a laugh.
"We’ve seen glimpses of each other dashing from our vehicles inside to our houses so it will be nice to be able to catch up and see how everyone is doing."
David Hultin is a community correspondent for Charleswood.