On Tuesday, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie predicted six more weeks of winter. With yesterday’s snow and a drop in temperatures on the way, Willie may have it right this time. Unlike four years ago when he predicted an early spring just before Ontario was hit with a severe winter storm. Between February 4 and 5, 2006 a powerful storm hit central and north eastern Ontario. Heavy snow and strong winds forced road closures right across the province. By the month’s end Wiarton alone saw 141.8 centimetres of snow.
Meanwhile, looking back even farther into history, February 4, 1916 is remembered for a fire that completely destroyed the centre block of the Parliament buildings. Temperatures in the minus teens combined with strong winds made taming the fire nearly impossible. The water would freeze immediately, icing over the equipment. The end result of the fire was a completely ice encrusted ruin.