Okay so not actual correct usage of 'Bomb Cyclone' aka Bombogenesis-- the future name of my band. But Goto experienced its own snow storm last week and while not quite on par with the true bombogenesis experienced in Canada/the States this year, it was still quite the anomaly for this normally temperate island (I just want to see how many times I can say bombogenesis in one post). Busses and boats were halted, school was cancelled (for students), and many businesses were closed. It was a true snow day.
I wanted to share some pictures of the snow to show how beautiful the island and mountains looked, but also to comment on the hilarity and endearment of witnessing an island totally unequipped to deal with snow attempt to do just that. I saw several (yes, more than one) people shovelling the snow from around their house-- with dustpans. There was nary a winter boot in sight. Watching cars attempt to drive to the top of the hill I live on was also a lesson in futility.
But despite all this 'inconvenience', Goto's residents seemed to be enjoying this rare opportunity. I saw children and adults alike building various snow edifices (men, forts, angels) and partaking in snowball fights. The scenery and mountains, already stunning on a regular day, were made that much more picturesque under the blanket of snow. It almost makes me wish it snowed more often here. Almost. But not quite. On the Sunday after the snow day I went for a run in a T-shirt in 15 degree weather on dry roads and was reminded that, yep, I'm good with the normal climate here.
Because it was also extremely windy during the snow storm, I find it interesting how different the light is between all the photos I took. Within a span of 20 minutes it would go from white out conditions to clear and sunny and back to snowing heavily.