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December 19, 2012

The word on the street is snow – and lots of it. Again we are headed into what is going to be a weathermaker, snow in southern Finland is at near record levels for this time of the year. The last time there was this much snow in the capital area before Christmas is 1965. We’re currently sitting on about 55cm of the white stuff, which has been falling in regular dumps since the winter storm Antti howled through here on November 30-December 1.

It has been a very busy time for snow removal crews and equally maddening for people who can’t stand the white stuff. The bus stop near my house hasn’t been cleaned out in days, when waiting for the bus I feel like I am standing on a platform. I have to step down to get into the bus.

My neighbour laughed at me a couple of weeks ago, questioning whether I was pushing the snow far enough away from the house (I push it on to the empty lot next door). If this keeps up, there is going to be an awfully big pile there by the end of the winter.

There are reports that more than 20,000 truckloads of snow have been moved off of Helsinki streets already and that for safety reasons building operators are asking maintenance companies to start pushing snow off the roofs already.

There have been numerous traffic accidents and fender benders because of slippery road conditions. And yes, there are still those fools out there that do not drive for the conditions and curse others for showing some caution… So what is wrong with driving safely?

One thing is for sure – the skiers are happy! I hope I can join them soon!

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