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Much ado about nothing

Zero may be nothing in the world of math, but in weather the significance of this integer is amazing. October is a good time to start talking about zero, as we recently saw the results of a few days of below freezing weather in Whitehorse and the southern Yukon. I will be making much ado …

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How was Your Summer?

How was your summer?  That seems to be the question Yukoners ask each other at this time of year. Along with recounting various adventures, most of us give our summery (pun intended) of the weather. We often talk about the summer being hot or cold, dry or wet, but we are actually talking about a …

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A perfect storm

We can’t ignore the human factors that lead to extreme weather events I attended David Phillips’ (Senior Climatologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada) March lecture on weather and climate change. This inspired me to write a series of articles with the goal of elaborating on many points that he made in his ‘factoid’-filled presentation. …

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What is the jet stream?

I attended David Phillip’s lecture on weather and climate change in early March and was inspired to write a series of articles with the goal of elaborating on many points that he made in his ‘factoid’ filled presentation.  First up is the jet stream. The illustration above is taken from the US National Weather Service. …

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Swap Your Stuff

The leaves are down, the hills are white and there are ski swap signs around town. “When’s the Swap?” is one of the most commonly asked questions at the ski club office in September. Followed closely by, “Can I help at the Swap this year?” For an organizer, it’s one of the busiest days of …

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Olympic Torch Visit

The Olympic Torch has come and gone and we had a chance to share the spirit of the Games during its brief visit. The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club wanted the flame to make a short detour along Olympic Trail, which surrounds the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre. The trail celebrates the Yukon’s Olympic history but, …

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5 1/2 Months Between the Last and the First Ski

“Had a great ski on Saturday!” “What do you mean, ‘ski’? There’s not enough snow!” “Enough for me!” “You’re sick!” At least a few-dozen skiers have had that conversation recently. The Mount Mac Loop was a skier’s dream on Thanksgiving weekend: plenty of snow, frosty trees and, finally, some blue sky for a perfect holiday …

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What’s Up at the Chalet

I was new to Whitehorse once. It was October of 1981 and the first thing I did was sign up for a Jackrabbit leader course. I had a budding interest in cross-country skiing, and one of the first people I met here, Pete Saar, was organizing the course. Many of the people I met on …

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Everybody’s a Winner!

There’s a big event coming to Whitehorse, very soon: the 2010 Haywood Nationals, or for those less familiar with the name, the Canadian cross country ski championships. We’re going to need a giant podium because we’ll all be winners. (More on that next time.) For this month, there is a big, non-competitive event, the Air …

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Volunteers Will Make It Happen

Not only do we own the podium in Whitehorse, but we also have to store it and recondition it for the Haywood Nationals which will take place in less than a week. Nearly 200 volunteers will be wearing the royal blue jackets that were sponsored by Lotteries Yukon and Apogee, a Montréal garment company. And …

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