Monday, December 17, 2001

This is what we put up with over the weekend:



A PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM IS BRINGING HEAVY RAINFALL TO WEST VANCOUVER ISLAND WITH TOTAL AMOUNTS OF 80 TO 100 MILLIMETRES EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT. THE FRONT WILL BRING HEAVY RAINFALL WITH AMOUNTS OF 40 TO 60 MILLIMETRES TO THE LOWER MAINLAND AND HOWE SOUND AREAS TODAY AND TONIGHT. THE FRONT IS SPREADING STRONG SOUTHEAST WINDS OF 50 TO 70 KM/H OVER THE INNER SOUTH COAST AS WELL AS WEST VANCOUVER ISLAND COASTAL SECTIONS AND SOUTHERLY WINDS OF 60 TO 90 KM/H TO THE CENTRAL COAST COASTAL SECTIONS. THE FRONT WILL GIVE HEAVY SNOWFALL TO THE WHISTLER REGION. TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 15 TO 25 CENTIMETRES ARE EXPECTED.



That warning was from Environment Canada, and it truly came to pass. The wind drove the rain against our front windows, which is unheard of. On the ferry this mornining people talked about this being the worst storm in two or three years.



We sustained a little damage to the house, with a small leak appearing in the ceiling in the living room. Nothing to worry about, as it only started dripping after six hours of wind driven rain and it only dripped for a few minutes, but nevertheless, the water found a way in.



Weather aside I had the great pleasure to sing tenor with Bowen's Women's Choir, Nota Bene last night. Nota Bene is directed by Alison Nixon who is a wonderful conducter with great taste. The concert, billed as a concert of Peace and Light, was held at the Cates Hill Chapel, a beautful church on the island. Four of us men joined the choir for two pieces by the American composer Mortens Lauridsen from his suite called Lux Aeterna. Stunning pieces both of them and a real treat to be able to sing with the women. It ws a peaceful cap to a torrid weekend.