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Wednesday January 30th, 2002
Last year on this date

I awoke at 1:30 and noticed that the heat seemed to have gone off.  I checked and the furnace auger was not turning.  Once in a while we get a railway spike or rock in some coal and it jams things up.  Four hours and considerable oxy-acetylene cutting and fooling around later, I was able to return to bed.  Dennis woke us up not too long later with a call saying his back is still giving him trouble and he won't be at work.

Today
Sunny. Wind light. High minus 9.
Tonight
Partly cloudy. Wind becoming west 20 km/h overnight. Low minus 15.
Thursday
Mainly sunny. Wind light. Wind light. High minus 5.
Friday
Mainly sunny. Low minus 16. High minus 5.
Saturday
Mainly cloudy. Low minus 17. High minus 6.
Sunday
Mainly sunny. Low minus 19. High minus 6.
Normals for the period: Low minus 16. High minus 4.

Tuesday January 29th, 2002
Last year on this date

Another day of writing, bookwork, and general preparation for the CHC conference coming up.

Today
A mix of sun and cloud. Wind west 20 km/h. High minus 10.
Tonight
Clear. Wind light. Low minus 23.
Wednesday
Sunny. Wind light. High minus 8.
Thursday
Mainly cloudy. Low minus 19. High minus 4.
Friday
Mainly cloudy. Low minus 15. High minus 5.
Saturday
Mainly cloudy. Low minus 18. High minus 7.
Normals for the period: Low minus 17. High minus 5.

Monday January 28th, 2002
Last year on this date

At last, some sun again and warmer temperatures promised -- even if they are around minus ten C.

More deskwork today and Meijers came for supper.

Today
Mainly sunny. Wind light. High minus 16.
Tonight
Clear. Wind light. Low minus 25.

Sunday January 27th, 2002
Last year on this date

Another day of doing various desk jobs including shopping for pollen supplement components.  Frank and Mike came by with samples of the patties they have made and they look fine.  I am now realizing that the patty making is scheduled to start at the end of the first week of February and that is almost upon us.   We are planning to make about 15,000 pounds of patties for ourselves and other nearby beekeepers.  We can make more if others are interested.

Today
A mix of sun and cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind light. High minus 24.
Tonight
Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries this evening. Wind diminishing to light. Low minus 31.
Normals for the period: Low minus 17. High minus 5.

Saturday January 26th, 2002
Last year on this date

The day was passed working around the house, and we went to supper at P-Ss.  

There is about 8 inches of fresh powder, and the temperatures are cold, at minus twenty and colder.

Today
Mainly cloudy with flurries. Wind light. High minus 22.
Tonight
Occasional snow. Wind light. Low minus 27.

Friday January 25th, 2002
Last year on this date

There is snow in the mountains -- a foot at Sunshine and 8 inches at Nakiska, but the roads will be awful and the conditions are predicted to be overcast and fairly cold, so I am going to put this off until next week when I have to go to Banff for the the CHC meeting anyhow.  I'll go a day or so earlier or stay after.  My ankle is also acting up a little and that is the clincher.

Today
Cloudy with occasional snow. Accumulations near 7 cm. Wind northeast 20 km/h. Morning high minus 6 with temperature falling to minus 12 by evening.
Tonight
Occasional snow. Wind northeast 20 km/h. Low minus 26. Wind chill minus 38.
Normals for the period: Low minus 17. High minus 5.

Thursday January 24th, 2002
Last year on this date

I spent the day doing deskwork.  Paulo is working through brood chambers and Dennis doing cleanup and a new sewer cover.

Today
Increasing cloudiness. Wind becoming west 40 km/h gusting to 60 this afternoon. High plus 6.
Tonight
Mainly cloudy with flurries towards morning. Wind southwest 30 gusting 60 diminishing overnight. Low minus 7.
Normals for the period: Low minus 17. High minus 5.

Wednesday January 23rd, 2002
Last year on this date

Joe and I went to Airdrie to look into pollen patty making. There are some beekeepers there who have machinery that might be able to produce the patties in large quantities cheaply.

Today
Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h. High minus 14.
Tonight
Partly cloudy. Wind south 20 km/h. Temperature rising to minus 6 overnight.
Normals for the period: Low minus 17. High minus 5.

Tuesday January 22nd, 2002
Last year on this date

I worked at the desk, then drove to Langdon Corner to look at a camper for sale.  It was quite nice, but the outside was pretty rough.  I declined, then bought groceries in Strathmore and returned home.  On the way I saw a 1989 Bounder that looked pretty good and gave it careful consideration.

Today
Flurries developing. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h. High minus 14.
Tonight
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northeast 20 km/h diminishing. Low minus 24.
Normals for the period: Low minus 17. High minus 5.

Monday January 21st, 2002
Last year on this date

I spent the day catching up on mail and posting pictures to my Yahoo photo album.  The day started warm but temperatures dropped drastically by evening.

Today
A mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to west 30 gusting 50 km/h. High plus 3.
Tonight
Mainly cloudy with flurries overnight. Wind west 30 diminishing. Low minus 20.
Normals for the period: Low minus 17. High minus 5.

Sunday January 20th, 2002
Last year on this date

We drove to the Ontario airport and returned our Jeep.  We arrived at the airport an hour and a half early and went thru the improved security in jig time. The new security double checks ID and does random searches of passengers, but we found it fast and efficient.

We flew to Seattle, changed planes there -- our connecting flight left an hour late, and arrived in Calgary at 7 local.  Oene picked us up and we drove to Swalwell, where El had supper ready.

Today
A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming west 40 km/h gusting to 60. High plus 2.
Tonight
Mainly clear. Wind west 20. Low minus 4.
Normals for the period: Low minus 18. High minus 6.

Saturday January 19th, 2002
Last year on this date

We woke up, checked out and drove north to LA.  The afternoon was spent at Venice Beach, then we drove up through Malibu and backtracked to West Covina to be near the airport.  Tomorrow we fly back to Alberta.

Tonight
Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind west 20 km/h. Low minus 5.
Saturday
A mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to northwest 30. High minus 2.

Friday January 18th, 2002
Last year on this date

We left Mission Beach and drove to San Ysidro where we checked into the Motel 8.  We walked down to Tijuana and then caught the cab to Rosarita for $1.10.  We wandered around Rosarita, then caught a cab back and walked back across the border to the motel.  Border security was much tougher than a year ago. Everyone went through metal detectors and there were huge line-ups.

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