So, after having temperatures at least ten degrees below normal for nearly a month, we're supposed to be almost that far above normal today, with more of the same on the way. As it was dumping snow two days ago, it was hard to imagine how it would all ever melt, but this morning on the way to the office, the snow cover on the mountains was already starting to look patchy and worn. We're used to mid-winter melts like this, but usually they come shortly after the first couple of snows -- this year it's late, but welcome enough. I'm thinking the skating loop is doomed.
Jan. 14 Update: I haven't been leaving this post sitting here at the top for a week just to infuriate beloved Manitobans enduring -50 temperatures. I've just been busy. They have my sincere condolences.