A snowman in Oshawa in September? With a state-of-the-art wind tunnel, anything is possible.
A 50 km/h blizzard struck Oshawa on Saturday.
If reading that sentence fills you with dread -- It's only September! -- you needn't worry: All the white stuff was indoors, and completely man made.
"We've been making snow all afternoon, and pretty soon, we're going to start the snow building contest," said John Komar, the director of the GM Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Komar was standing in the ACE's climactic wind tunnel, decked out in a UOIT toque and mittens, with plenty of snow behind him.
The wind tunnel can produce wind speeds of more than 240 km/h, as well as temperatures as cold as -40 degrees.
It wasn't quite that extreme on Saturday, though. The tunnel made just enough snow for UOIT's first annual Homecoming Blizzard Blast Snowman Making Contest, part of a slew of activities taking place on campus that day.