I had never heard of the word “Chinook” until I came to Calgary, yet, after being here for a few years, it is, by far my most favourite word in the whole world.
To me, it means “a respite from winter,” and/or “not freezing your butt off,” weather. I won’t bother to explain the science but it has something to do with wind coming down off the mountain, somehow bringing warm winds and weather.
What it means is that here in early November it is plus 20 during the day this week when last year it was dipping down to -7 overnight (regularly).
While I am enjoying the weather and liking the warm temperatures, there is always the thought that lingers . . . real winter is coming.
I know that winter will come and when it does it will come with a vengeance, and the weather can turn on a dime.
Let’s not forget that the prairies are a place where you can (regurlarly) experience all four seasons in the same day.
No matter how lovely and nice the weather is now, that day, the day the weather turns is coming and I call that day “Fwump Day.”
That day when the temp drops suddenly and you wake up to a few feet of snow and an apocalyptic “winter wonderland” everywhere.
The back of my mind wonders if we will pay later (say January and February) for the nice weather now.
I will survive and adapt though, I always do. I just keep a weather eye on the horizon and another on the weather predictions.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!