Thursday, July 30, 2009
Local Weather and Signs
It's official. Ottawa's July precipitation has broken all records with 234.2 mm (> 9") which is about 10 mm over the previous record. Two winters past we only missed record snowfall by a very small margin, so we're certainly experiencing unusual wetness in general. Also, there are areas with flooded basements. Supposedly the system can handle anything except what is termed a hundred year storm (defined as between 90 -98 mm falling within a 24 hour period). Statistically, there's only a one percent chance of such a storm occurring; therefore, it should only happen once every hundred years. Somebody forgot to explain that the the atmosphere because there have been three such storms in the past 14 years. So, this is the third flooding of basements for some, and, apparently, the finances still haven't settled from the 2002 flood.
I have seen two signs (or photos of signs) recently that I am posting below. The first, I took at the local nursery; it made me feel good for some reason.
The next was in the newspaper. It amuses me to some degree although many might find it tasteless and unworthy of AC. It's of a sign at the entry to one of the communities within the city limits of Ottawa. The city left the bottom right square blank (outlined in red), so one wiseacre filled it in quite authentically because it fits in with the rest of the sign really well (in terms of graphic design anyway): so well that there have been inquiries. :) According to the newwspaper report, the sign has been removed and will be redone — with no section left blank.