KLIMATOLOGIST

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In times like this its important to remain positive and focus on the things for which we are truly grateful.

Family is at the very top of most people’s list. A roof is always appreciated, as is food, clean water, heat & electricity. Fuel and transportation are terribly important. Medical services, fire, police, and personal protection impart varying degrees of assurance. Communication/internet devices, television networks, good books, camera equipment, art supplies, building materials, and musical instruments are wonderful luxuries.

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“… wonderful luxuries…”

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But what we cherish most here in Newfoundland & Labrador is our freedom. A relatively small population base combined with vast open wilderness areas, ample public lands, and many varied hiking trails; these remain accessible to anyone willing to acknowledge their personal vulnerability status, exhibit proper “physical distancing”, and an understanding of safe zones and responsible behaviour.

This allows us to maintain good physical conditioning and offers endless opportunities to make important assessments of our mental health. This is a great time to think, and to more thoroughly evaluate our mental functions – especially when we make human connections with a simple greeting to fellow hikers/walkers/ runners/ skiers/ snowshoe/bikers/ or sledders. Even better, when we stop at a safe distance to chat, share information, provide comforts, offer a joke or whimsical observation, and perhaps engage in some meaningful conversation. Under the right circumstance you might even strike a “safe house” willing to share from their cache by setting a plate of dinner out on the patio table.

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“… mental health assessment…”

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Of course, none of this is possible without proper outer wear. While the rest of North America welcomes April showers and the promise of May flowers – Newfoundland remains in winter’s gentle grasp until the Victoria Day Weekend.  Undoubtedly, we will see brilliant blue skies and plenty of sunshine, but the ever-changing winds can cause temperatures to plummet and our precipitation to play along in perfect accompaniment.  Weather that must be weathered – whether we like it or not.

While it may be easy to cower, or even take flight – these moments can provide the foundation for fantastic stories that will be passed down for generations to come.

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“… it's favorite accessory…”

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This virus is bad enough so there’s no way we can allow weather to further diminish our resolve. Instead, choose to prepare for every eventuality and dress accordingly.

This year’s fashion is comfort, and it's favorite accessory is “Company” – No matter how distant, its still better than fleeting.  

Many thanks to Klim for your many years of support in the field – and the opportunity to spend so many quality moments with friends and family.

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“… this year's fashion is comfort…”