Pre-Winter Blasts and Blusters


We west coasters may be teased as wimps, but we’re accustomed to balmy rainforest-type conditions here. When temperatures take their first winter plunge we shiver and complain. This weekend blustery winds blew our first short lived snowfall into skiffs and drifts, and layered nearby mountains in a wardrobe of white. Most of the snow in town is gone now but our thermometer is on the way down to -7oC tonight (about 18oF).

Winter conditions play a big part in a recently revised manuscript where my protagonist escapes dangers in his city life to become the winter caretaker at a remote northern fishing lodge.  As I hunt for words to adequately describe the beauty of this first blast of winter it makes me wonder how effectively I described the fictitious northern winter in my story.

Does weather or climate play a significant role in your work-in-progress? Do you use detailed description or tuck in bits of relevant references to convey its effect on the story and characters?

There’s just no pleasing everyone…

It’s raining. You wouldn’t think there’s anything too significant in that fact. This is coastal British Columbia after all. But this is the first drop of moisture we’ve had in more than three weeks. In fact, weather records show there’s been only .6 mm of precipitation here in the last seven weeks. And that is significant.


Last year we had 80 mm of rain in June and 53 mm in July. Go back another year to 2006 and there were 54 mm in June and 25 mm in July. So a mere half millimetre is just a drop in the bucket, figuratively speaking. Thirsty gardens are loving today’s drink. Cranky people are not.

“All the sunshine we’ve had, and the one day I decide to invite friends over for a barbeque, it rains. Stupid weather!”


There’s just no pleasing everyone.