Parents watch their kids toboggan in High Park on Christmas Day, 1910. Photo courtesy of William James/The Toronto Archives.
That little weather icon above our logo is starting to get pretty depressing. With 8 days left until Christmas, there’s still no snow on the ground, and with the exception of the few centimeters that we had just over a week ago that quickly melted, there’s barely been a speck in the sky since last winter. And, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better any time soon.
Torontonians new and old know one thing: snow is pretty great. For many international immigrants to our city, snow is that thing that they’ve heard about but never seen or felt or touched until arriving, while for born and bred Torontonians, it signals the official marker of the holiday season’s arrival, the precise moment where it starts to feel like the holidays in our city.
So that’s why the next few snow-free rainy weeks (so the forecasters say) hit us where it hurts. For one, the Weather Network’s cute kids-oriented “What to Wear” feature (at right) — a graphic on their school day forecast that recommends what clothing is appropriate to wear on any given day — is killing us. A rain coat? Galoshes? A light jacket? Their Holiday Forecast, with its cruel juxtaposition of a snow-covered pine tree just above their rain-filled short-term forecast, is no better, and then there’s their completely lonely-looking Ontario snow report.
As for Christmas, the long-term forecast is calling for a mix of light rain and sun for the next week, temperatures staying mostly above zero, while the 14 Day Trend suggests rain on Christmas Day. If memory serves correct, last year was more wet than white, too, which means that maybe nature’s the real culprit responsible for that whole War on Christmas thing.
The Christmas that most Torontonians dream of — the film-like feeling of waking up in a warm bed and opening the curtains to look out on a thick white sheet of snow gently set on top of our city — may just have to remain a fantasy again this year. Still, with the rest of Toronto, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed. Our site’s weather forecaster (powered not by The Weather Network, but Weather.com) is currently predicting some light snow on Tuesday, but maybe, just maybe, by “light snow,” it just means “huge awesome blizzards for several weeks.” We could definitely deal with that.