Friday, March 14, 2008

400th anniversary, 400cm+ of snow



Quebec City took its 400th anniversary seriously this winter.

Last week, the snow total in the provincial capital hit 400cm (that's more than 13 ft!) and its former record of 458cm (15 ft.) in 1965-66 was broken.

CBC News has a map with Canadian snow records.

But there's a dark side to all this white stuff.

In the Laurentians, three women were found dead in the rubble of a warehouse whose roof apparently collapsed from the weight of the snow and then caught fire.

A worker clears off a rooftop
Quebec City, February 2004
Photo by Sue Frause