Today was a first – Ian and I experienced our first Iqaluit blizzard. When I woke up this morning, I looked out the window to see this…
An hour or so later, we couldn’t see the large apartment building across from us. A short while after that, even the small blue building beside us was hard to see save for a light over its door. It feels like being in a washing machine full of flour. I went down the hall to the garbage chute and it sounded like something a couple floors down was rattling up a storm – likely in the garbage room on the main floor. Whenever we’re in the bathroom, the sounds from the vent are of an oncoming freight train…okay, it’s not really that bad. But it is quite noisy from in there. And if we sit still, you can feel the building moving on its stilts in the strong winds.
It’s a little different from the blizzards I’ve experienced in the south. I think that’s primarily because of the sustained winds. In southern Ontario, blizzards also don’t tend to last for days at a time – though it’s not unheard of (a la 1977). Regardless, I’ve been told that blizzards can last for many days up here and to make sure that we have lots of things to occupy our time – books, movies, games, and so on. We were lucky that the power did not go out, and that we still had internet and satellite – especially since it was championship football weekend! We managed to watch both games and I baked some Cheesy Onion bagels today…so keep an eye on my other blog for how those turned out. Now we’ve got two weeks to round up some people to come by for a Superbowl party! Bagels and football! What more can you ask for?
So we survived our first blizzard…so far. It hasn’t been too crazy, though it’s crazy enough for the store across the plaza to be closed, and I only saw a cab or two on the roads. It’s expected to last through the night and may pick up again throughout the day tomorrow. We have yet to see if offices are closed in the morning again.
We’ve got a few blog posts cooking up…our new favourite grocer (which you’d be able to see in the picture above if the wind and snow wasn’t hiding it)…our first trip to the Astro Theatre…and Ian is working on something about how his layering techniques have carried him far into this winter. Until then…here’s a video clip of the start of the blizzard from around noon today…enjoy!