Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Winter by Numbers (or lots and lots of snow)

First snowfall: Nov. 20
Number of days since first snow: 108
Number of days with snow: 83
Number of days without snow: 25
Number of days with snow cover: 108
Number of events with 10 or more centimetres: 10
Average number of 10-plus-centimetre events: 4
Average March snowfall: 39.8 centimetres
March snowfall to date: 47 centimetres
Number of teaching days in March if there are no more snow days: 13 secondary, 12 elementary
Number of school snow days to date: 5
Average number of snow days annually: 3
City snow-removal equipment: 700 plows and trucks
Snow removal budget 2008: $65 million
Snow removal budget 2007: $62 million; overspent by $5.2 million
Amount of salt used: 220,000-plus tonnes
Average amount of salt used: 150,000 tonnes
Amount of snow moved: 2.4 million cubic metres
Total amount of snow fallen to date: 355 centimetres
All-time record for snowfall: 444.1 centimetres, set in the winter of 70-71.


Heather said...

It's so bizarre to think of it snowing there when it's the exact other extreme here...March is our hottest month of the year!

How much does it have to snow before you get a day off school officially?

her said...

Well, I'm in college, so it's up to the discretion of the teacher. If they can't make it in, it's cancelled. So far I've had two classes cancelled and one start about a half hour late.

Some of the storms we get (like the one last week/over the weekend) dumps like 37cm on us, so I would say its when its snowing too fast/hard/much to keep the roads reasonably clear that they cancel school, at least here. Back home its when its unsafe for buses to be out in it, whether that be due to ice on the roads or blowing snow or just simply snowfall.

Katrina said...

Wow that is a lot of snow! It snowed less than a handful of times here this winter and only sorta stuck once.

SAH in Suburbia said...

What I don't miss about Ottawa! Your header pic is STUNNING! Such a beautiful city!!