A cold day sailing on the fjord


Sailing into Howe Sound

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This is typical local weather in the winter. When there is precipitation it is mild. Often that means it is raining on the snow up in the hills – not what a backcountry skier wants to hear.

The mild rain is followed by a high pressure system that brings a bubble of clear frigid air. This can turn the rain-soaked snow to a sheet of ice.

Sometimes things happen so that the precip falls as snow, and the subsequent freeze leaves lovely powder in the high country. As I am looking at the hills, that is what I hope will await me this weekend (if I can escape).

That picture is part of a 3-panel panorama. To see it, a click will to take you to Tabblo. There you can view or download one of several sizes of image. The scene is late morning on the upper deck of the Queen of Capilano as it leaves its birth in Horseshoe Bay for the 20-minute trip to Bowen Island. You are looking north, up the fjord called Howe Sound. It was so cold that even the smokers were not out on deck.

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