I took the photo (above) at 6:30 am this Monday (Feb 15, 2010) from the hotel balcony of Hotel Aurora in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine. The morning was shrouded in fog and there was deep snow all around. The result was an eerie, blue picture of winter.
Since the Copenhagen climate change debacle in November 2009, Europe and a big swath of North America have experienced record snowfall and low temperatures. It was climate change alright but not the one the conference was predicting.
Ukraine had not seen a winter like this in over 50 years. Tania, the logistics person in Kiev who met me at the airport, giggled as she said their weather bureau expects more of the same the next few winters.
With snow comes the shovelling and scraping the ice off driveways and sidewalks. It was the first thing I pointed out to the big boss of the hotel. His driveway, car lot, and sidewalk looked as if a Zamboni had been through them in between snowbanks.
I'm glad to have left the agony and the occasional thrill of shoveling the white stuff behind for the comfort of an apartment.