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Thorzdad
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Apr 17, 2024, 09:34 AM
 
I’ve only been to Canada once. During high school, our class did a bird-watching trip to Point Pelee. It was pretty fun.
     
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Apr 18, 2024, 08:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
I’d love to visit urban Canada.

Right before high school I went canoeing in the wilderness(ish) for a week. Didn’t enjoy it much. Partially due to callowness, partially due to not being athletically up to the task.

The fresh northern pike was my favorite memory, but I was extremely hungry.
it seems like Toronto would not be far for you to visit. We had a lot of fun there. Ottawa was surprisingly nice (we focused on art). Montreal and Quebec are also great. Nova Scotia and PEI are not urban but lovely. (We have done a lot of driving in canada.)
     
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Apr 18, 2024, 10:22 PM
 
My wife and I have a fairly near-term plan for a big vacation. We live in San Antonio, Texas, but I grew up in Southeastern Michigan. There is SO MUCH absolutely cool stuff in Michigan that I want to show her. So we’re looking at an early summer trip to the Traverse City area (before it’s full of people there for the Cherry Festival), and the whole northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula. We also want to go to Toronto for a few days.

My wife’s first visit to Canada was to Windsor. Honestly, Windsor is a nice place, but it’s not going to “wow” someone with it’s “Canadian-ness”, especially since it’s a lot like the Michigan side of the border, but cleaner…and there are these maple leaves on all the signs… But going east through Ontario definitely shows off the province, and Toronto is, well, Toronto.

Anyway, on the weather scene, we’re headed to Galveston this weekend, and the weather is predicted to be in the 70s to 80s, with anywhere from 40%-60% chance of rain. Or thunderstorms. Or whatever. Considering our first trip there coincided with a smallish tropical storm washing through, we’re not too concerned. It’s just that this type of weather, while not exactly odd for Galveston, is not “in season,” so to speak. This sort of stuff is usually a February-March thing in my experience…

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Apr 20, 2024, 06:42 AM
 
I’ve needed repair work to my house’s exterior, which will entail removing the siding for a couple of days. The contractor hasn’t been able to start work because the weather forecast is such that we can’t confidently get two consecutive days with no rain or storms.
     
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Jun 5, 2024, 12:41 PM
 
“Damn, it’s hot. Details at 10”. And this is the beginning of June. Yesterday, San Antonio set a new record for high heat indices. 117F at 3 pm, topping the previous record of 116F, set just last year.

We’ve also had many days in a row where visibility was really poor, whether due to dust, humidity, or whatever. I was always led to believe that air was transparent, but that hasn’t been the case very much lately.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Jun 5, 2024, 04:22 PM
 
Can I interest you in a blanket of pine pollen? Good thing my new car is green anyhow.
     
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Jun 6, 2024, 09:55 PM
 
No thanks, I wasn’t pleased with the crunchy yellow-green blanket most San Antonio (and Austin) cars sported earlier in the year thanks to the plentiful oaks here. Here’s a well written description of the issue from KUT.

Picture from the KUT article:

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Jun 6, 2024, 10:49 PM
 
my house has an oak. I am familiar with %^&*(v tree flowers.
     
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Jun 8, 2024, 07:35 PM
 
We have six or seven. There are about three or four different Oak species that are common throughout Central Texas, and they appear to take turns making us miserable. Until the Mountain Juniper (AKA Mountain Cedar) gets frisky.


When the Mountain Juniper starts spewing pollen, it’s quite common for large numbers of people here to become ill with flu-like symptoms. It ain’t the flu. It’s being overwhelmed by the massive amount of juniper pollen in the air.

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Jun 20, 2024, 05:00 PM
 
I didn’t look at the actual temp yesterday, but after sitting in the sun, my van’s temp sensor read 100°F. My guess is that was only 5° or so off.

The city closed 5 out of 6 cooling stations yesterday because of the holiday. Of course, libraries act as cooling stations… when they’re not all closed because it’s a holiday.
     
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Jun 21, 2024, 02:24 AM
 
To escape Boston's heat, I went to Georgia.
Record-breaking.
     
 
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