It was inevitable and only a matter of time, before the nice autumn weather we’ve been experiencing in Crowsnest Pass would go south on us. After making it through October and the first half of November, without having to deal with much in the way of wintry weather, everything changed yesterday. Although we did get some snow in September, along with a bunch of rain and cool temperatures, the weather turned for the better and it’s been quite pleasant for the past six weeks. At the very least it made us forget what was to come, sooner or later. Now, it appears winter is on our doorstep. 

 I’d say we’ve had 3 – 4 inches of snow since Monday evening and the temperatures have dropped condiderably since the weekend.  It was -12°C this morning. That’s downright nasty, when compared to the +12°C we basked in a few days ago. There are two words that begin with the letter ”W” that a lot of folks around here don’t like to say out loud. Wind is one … winter, the other.  Ah well, c’est la vie.

It appears it’s going to be a while before warm temperatures return to the area. Hopefully, we’ll get a Chinoook before month’s end. We all know what that will bring with it, though … the other ”W” word!  

Crowsnest River

Snow falling on the Crow

I headed over to Lee Lake yesterday to check whether or not it was still ice-free. There was already a bit of slush forming along its edges, and I suspect there’s ice on the lake today.
Lee Lake ready to freeze

Lee Lake ready to freeze

Livingstone Range Threatened
 
On another note, I received an email the other day from a friend who is a member of the Livingstone Landowners Group,  informing me of a video that’s been uploaded to YouTube. The Landowners Group was formed 5 or 6 years ago by concerned residents in the Porcupine Hills area of southern Alberta in response to rapidly increasing industrial pressure in the area. The latest threat to the area is a proposed open pit mine along the flanks of the Livingstone Range. This video looks at the potential impact of the proposed magnetite mine. The mine could have an impact on the fishery in the area, as there are several small tributaries along the Livingstone Range that flow into the Crowsnest River. The video is approximately 13 minutes and is certainly worth a look. Click here to watch the video.