Originally Posted by DigitalFreak
My city looked like that a week ago. We got lucky though, it started coming down mid afternoon and continued on through the night therefore not many people got stranded at work or at the bus stations. We usually don't shut the city down when a small storm hits. The suburban streets are usually left a couple of days but the main arteries and the bus routes are usually plowed enough where traffic can get through albeit traffic will flow at a bumper to bumper trickle of what it would usually flow. Snow storms don't really bother us Canadians to much. What's dangerous and can shut down our cities are ice storms. Thankfully we rarely get to many of those.
Originally Posted by DigitalFreak
HERE we go, that storm in 1998 cost 30 people their lives and completely shut down Montreal and nearly shut down Ottawa. One of the worst ice storms Canadians have ever had to face. It took days to get power back on in Montreal and there was even talk of airlifting the children and the sick out of Montreal until the power grid could be reconstructed.
Wow, yeah we don't have ice storms here. Not that I know of. Perhaps it's something that has to do with the seas, as we're pretty closed in. In fact, we're pretty well off wen it comes to natural disasters and such. All we have is the cold weather but that's pretty much it. Rarely do we have storms.
This is a Swedish newspaper in english describing the recent weather: http://www.thelocal.se/44872/20121205/#.UMA0B4PXyYU
Here are some photos from the same newspaper: http://www.thelocal.se/gallery/2694/#.UMA66YPXyYV
Today it's going to be back to normal according to news. I think what really hit us bad was that the local communication, as in buses, trains and subway trains got cancelled and malfunctioned. When walking to the christmas dinner party yesterday after work, it felt like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie as people had abandoned their cars and a few buses. So we walked on the road, zig-zagging through the zone of abandoned vehicles.
When heading back from the restaurant (superb food, thank you very much mr professor!) I snapped those shots. The first one, with the cars that are parked along the road, is a pretty fun one - since those aren't parking slots! The bigger road where those cars were headed got closed down (according to my wife) so they were pretty much stranded there. Nothing else to do but to park your car on the walk. Oh, and the subways were doing just fine when I was heading back home since the blizzard had stopped and they had gotten the subway system under control again. Hopefully it's true that the biggest part of the blizzard is overwith today. I will participate on another dissertation dinner tonight.
It feels incredible how much they go out of their way to include me on these kinds of events. At first I felt a little bit as an "outsider", as if I weren't a part of the science team because I just manage their data, but they are very insisting on me being part of the whole team instead of dividing it into the different kinds of people there, i.e. IT-guys, statisticians, biologists, medical doctors, chemists and so on and so forth. It's like one big team where everyone works towards a joint goal, each one with their specialty and mine is the programming and database administration. Really happy to be a part of it. Also, yesterday the professor that hired me went along and presented me to the other professors in an informal manner and we chatted some about their research and so on. I also feel like I'm getting a hang of it all - obviously not on the same level as those who have been studying it for a long time, but more in a general manner. The research data that I am handling right now is about rheumatic arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Smoking is bad, m'kay?
Edited by Coq de Combat - 12/5/12 at 10:28pm