Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Growing up in Tassie, the only proper, schools-closed snow day that I experienced was on July 25th 1986. I remember it vividly. I was on SwotVac at the time (pre-exam study leave), so I didn't get to miss a day of school as I was already at home, but it was really fun all the same. The centre of Hobart looked like this (courtesy of The Mercury):
In 2006 we had a smaller but still significant snow event (I remember pictures of snow at Kingston Beach), and then yesterday, we had a doozy. Not for the amount of snow - it was good, not as good as '86, but still enough to be pretty..
..but because the kids got a Snow-Day - yep, the roads to Hobart were closed, so the school closed for the day. Kind of funny considering we're talking about 3 centimetres of snow here, but it's enough to bring infrastructure to a standstill! Here's a picture of a Norwegian school on a typical winter's day..and us fanging along the highway in the ice and snow and slush at 100 kph.. it's what you are used to I suppose, and also the soft compound tyres everyone has which are made for cold conditions..
Anyway, back to our local snow event… the kids had a great day with their cousins frolicking at home. The first part of it was filled with snow fun - boogie board tobogganing, snowman building, snow fights.. Then the rest was just about the luxury of being at home and not at school! They were particularly excited to learn that other schools in their area were open - so their day was even more special.
I wasn't able to go to work until about 11am. I did try earlier but got turned around by the police as I didn't have a 4wd. Snow is forecast again tomorrow but I think we won't get it in the garden which is a shame as it was pretty.
There is still snow low on the hills around Hobart - I went for my normal waterworks run this morning (the day after), and still got to run through snow..
which made me very happy..