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Weekend weather in Haliburton Highland cottage country looks to have seasonal temperatures around 30 F with snowfall accumulating in the one-half inch range.
The long-term weather forecast for November 30-December 13th will be in the normal range until Friday the 5th when temperatures take a tumble–down to about minus 10C on Sunday before stabilizing and beginning a slight increase to about minus 6C on Wednesday the 10th. There is no snow in the forecast between Saturday the 6th and Tuesday, December 9. Temperatures are more or less stable from the 10th through the 13th but still unseasonably cold. Snow is in the forecast on the 10th, 11th, and 13th, with a reprieve on Friday, December 12.
Long range forecast Nov 30- Dec 13
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There is a Commuter Alert for Monday. Details are:
“A low pressure system moving up from the southern US could bring significant snow accumulation to Central Canada in time for the Monday morning commute.”
Some webcam photos taken today, Saturday November 29, 2008.
Chapleau River, Mulligan's Bay
Port Dover Harbour Museum
Indian River Port Carling
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Maple Lake Ontario Webcam Hall Of Shame.™
Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst
Above: Here’s an idea of the snow accumulation and an example of how not to display a webcam shot, courtesy of RE/MAX Lake Country Realty Inc. This is a perfect example of trying to drum up business by putting up a webcam. Unfortunately, there’s more to getting an acceptable webcam shot than what RE/MAX has done here. This is just ridiculously bad and I can’t help but wonder if they pay so little attention to detail here what else goes unnoticed? Such a wasted opportunity–and the first inductee into the Maple Lake Ontario Webcam Hall Of Shame.™
“OTTAWA — Canada’s minority Conservative government, re-elected less than two months ago, could be toppled in the next few days if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t make changes to an economic statement that has all three opposition parties up in arms.
Two of the three Canadian opposition parties are negotiating to form a coalition government, which the third has agreed to support, if the government is defeated in a confidence vote in the House of Commons on the government’s updated budget forecast, which the opposition parties said doesn’t address the financial crisis. The plan also would eliminate some subsidies to political parties.
Former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Ed Broadbent, former leader of the New Democratic Party, are brokering a behind-the-scenes deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.”
That’s a pretty attention-grabbing headline above.
It would seem that a minority government could be vulnerable to a “takeover” such as this. It is rather exciting to see government in action –because it actually is moving rather quickly. The outcome of this situation which will determine if Prime Minister Harper continues to hold his job or if familiar names from the past push forward and “topple” Harper’s minority Conservative government.
Can you imagine if Bush could have be toppled by a vote of no confidence? Certainly he’d be long gone.
I’ll be staying tuned.
Last night–around 10 p.m. when spouse and I were walking our little dog around our neighbourhood I noticed that over the past couple of nights the ponds and rivers have frozen up almost completely. With December fast approaching we are heading into some of the more disagreeable weather we have each year. We don’t usually get much snow in December but the temperatures–and the wind become quite uncomfortable.
So today it was no surprise to see that every web camera in Ontario that I usually peruse showed a scene including snow and/or ice. And while I can still look out and see green grass on the hill near the road, I can see no green save for the evergreen trees in the photos of Ontario taken today. Thank goodness for evergreens.
Lake Nipisssing, North Bay
Mountain Trout House, Kawagama (photoshopped*)
This camera illustrates a frustration that will only most likely grow deeper as the weather gets more severe.
*Much of this photo was obliterated by brown scum on the camera lens. Therefore the sky is completely photoshopped, as well ad some of the snow. I tried to make it look as I think it looks but still, I must ask the question of Mountain Trout House. You’ve gone to the trouble of setting up your webcam and getting it featured at a couple of web camera websites on the Internet. You have a business and you’d like to show off the beautiful area that surrounds it, right? They why pray tell, can someone not go outside and clean the filthy lens to your webcam?
That goes for you too, Halcom Communications in Haliburton. You do a disservice to the town of Haliburton, a town whose lifeblood is tourism dollars, by having either your camera “down” (not available for viewing) or dirty or crooked or some combination of these. Why are you trying to promote business with a crap webcam?! Iknow this to be a fact as my spouse checks every day from his super fancy high-powered work computer and he never, ever gets a good shot of the Haliburton “Eye In The Sky.” If that’s an eye in the sky, then it’s a blind eye.
Perhaps I sound a bit cranky but these two webcams in particular are what I’m offered as choice when I want to see webcam photography of “Maple Lake, Ontario.” I’m an action-oriented person and since I have Internet at the cottage–right now–right this minute I’ve decided to try to finance a webcam to capture Maple Lake. I’ll put it in next summer and run it through the summer (hopefully) so I can get an idea of the in’s and out’s of doing so. I’m also tempted to contact these guys who do a consistently fantastic job with their webcam offerings:
Reach Harbour, Lakefield
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..and ask for any tips or suggestions. I can see that they are using a fisheye lens but beyond that am not sure what they are doing right. Not leaving the camera exposed to the weather is probably job one./end rant.
Penetangore River, Kincardine, Lake Huron
Calabogie Ski Hill Peaks Resort
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Boler Mtn. Slope, London
Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario, Canada
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As usual, the weather in the Haliburton Highlands never fails to be less than diverse.
Though it will be mostly clear tonight with a low of about 6F, Saturday brings partly sunny skies and temperatures of about 17F. Though Sunday has isolated flurries in the forecast and a seasonal high of 26F, it also has the most extreme low temperatures of the week. Sunday night’s temperatures take a steep tumble down to minus 4F.
The rest of the week should have daytime highs around 30F with light snow or isolated flurries every day but Wednesday.
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Ski Resorts in Ontario webcams
I’ve been checking out the weather conditions in Haliburton County and Ontario in general and can see that the snow season is in full swing but many if not most of the ski resorts are not yet open for business–or at least that is what available information is indicating. If I were planning to travel any distance to engage in for-pay snow-related activities I’d suggest calling first. For you snow-loving types it sure looks to be a white winter.
As my spouse and I were navigating walking the dog in a construction zone adjacent to our home in the 20-F weather last night I remarked that my Pennsylvania ancestors had it wrong to migrate further north. I’m a warm-weather type. He compared it to the dark hair and complected people in the North and the blond, more fair-skinned folks in Southern Italy which I assume he was thinking of due to his blond. blue eyed part-Sicilian heritage.
The snowy cold is pretty to look at if not be in, so here are a few web snaps that I got off last evening.
Toronto Island Sunset-click to enlarge
Indian River- Port Carling
Beaver Valley Ski Club - Markdale
Lake Nipissing, North Bay at sunset
Pentangore River, Lake Huron-Kincardine Channel