Weather Trivia of the Day and Why Do I Pay Taxes.

By: plapman , 2:06 PM GMT on April 07, 2014

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Today's Weather Trivia
April 7 1909:
A powerful gale packing gusts of 130 km/h (81 mph) ripped across southern Ontario. In London, Aberdeen Schools chimney crashed through the roof, pinning 6 children under tons of debris. In St. Thomas, the roof of a moving freight car blew off, along with the brakeman, who was on top of the car. The winds blew a cyclist into a mangle of telegraph wires, but he managed to extricate himself.
Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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It must be spring, on my last couple of walks with Abbey I've seen Canada Geese and have had to walk on the road as the sidewalks are flooded with a couple of inches of water.
Yesterday I met a crew of city workers thawing storm sewer lines by the school near my home. When I said the sidewalk was flooded at the school gates one of them said "yeah the boulevard is higher than the sidewalk". Just then a city frontend loader pulled up and I told the guy it would only take a second for the loader to cut a little trench 3 inches deep to drain the sidewalk. He just looked at me and smiled. An hour later the men and loader were gone and the flooded sidewalk was still flooded. I guess it wasn't on their list of things to do. :)

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2:40 PM GMT on April 08, 2014
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2. WeatherWise
7:54 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi Plapman, Just checking by on you and Abbey! Hope your walk was nice. I am still waiting for the sun to peek through. However it is getting late so perhaps I should pull out the umbrella and head on out.

Bug, that is such wonderful news that your cochlear implants have opened up the world for you and you are enjoying bird calls again. In a way, that opens up a new world for me of thankfulness for what I can hear and see. We take so much for granted, don't we? Thank you for opening my heart!
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1. palmettobug53
2:25 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
Hi, Tony.

I see there's still snow on the ground but it sounds like you're starting to thaw out.

Three Canada geese circled over our house yesterday afternoon, while I was outside watching birds at my feeders. I heard them! They are very loud, aren't they? lol

Having the cochlear implants has really opened up the world again for me. I've been trying to ID the different bird calls I'm hearing. There's so many calls going on and it's kind of hard to figure out which birds are making what sounds but I'm working on it. It is just a learning process and takes time, even for a person with good hearing just starting out with birding.

I've found that the Cornell Ornithology Bird Guide is a good resource for ID'ing bird calls.
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