Sam survives the darkest winter in 80 years

It didn’t just feel like a really dark and gloomy winter. It was a very dark and gloomy winter.

CTV news recently reported:

“If you found yourself pining for some sunshine in Ontario in recent months, it’s likely because the province just lived through one of the darkest winter seasons in nearly a century.

According to solar energy data by The European Centre for Medium Range Forecasting (ECMRF), parts of Ontario saw lower levels of solar energy between December 2022 and February 2023 than previously recorded in the last 83 years, or since 1940.”

You can read more about it here.

This weekend when a major snow storm was predicted where I live we just got what the weather folk called a “sustained dreary rain event.”

All of this news about how dark it’s been actually made me feel better about it all. As one Facebook friend wrote, “It’s strangely validating to learn that it really WAS unusually dark and gloomy, not just an artefact of our collective mental state.”

This year I did use my sad lamp regularly. I have one at the office and one at home. I did run off to a sunshine-y place in January. I love Arizona. And I confess I was focused more on knee replacement recovery than anything else. Still, winter was long and it was dark. Today it’s officially over.

Happy Spring (for those who are celebrating)!

A dark winter day
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