Crazy hurricane blizzard in Iqaluit

From about noon yesterday (January 7, 2014) to noon today, Iqaluit had the biggest craziest blizzard I’ve witnessed in many years, maybe ever. I’m pretty sure we had a nastier one when I was an infant, but of course I don’t remember that. It was 9 days long or something crazy, and houses were literally buried. People were standing on their roofs afterward, which were now at ground-level.

Anyway, yesterday was scary. Other than some dents in my car from my flying garbage box, we came out unscathed, despite 18 hours without power, much of which was without cell or internet. Glad to hear everyone was OK, despite all the property damage.

Here’s a short video of the view out my door. This was definitely before the worst of it. It was too dark out to shoot when the winds were at their highest, which was sustained winds of 111 km/hr, with gusts up to 141 km/hr. Nuts!!!

Our beloved weather guy on local CBC radio (Kootoo) often uses the phrase “darrrrrn windy!” and rolls his R’s. It turned into a mini hashtag trend in Iqaluit during the storm.

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