We became friends long ago in Halifax, Nova Scotia when I was first working for Apple in 1984. Our children were not too different in age, the other couple was also American.
Once in a while it helps to have some American friends when you are living in Canada and listening to all the negative things about the US.
Our Halifax friends visited us here on the Southern Outer Banks at precisely the right time. Their first afternoon here was the last day of November, and the temperature was a cozy 79F.
The next day was also a great one as the temperature managed to make it up to 76F. Anytime you can get to the mid-seventies on the first of December is a huge victory for the forces of light and warmth.
I am glad our Canadian friends were here to enjoy our great weather. We are a temperate climate here on the coast of North Carolina, and our average high temperature for December is 58F. However, that does not mean much when a stubborn wave of very cold Canadian air decides to visit.
Later in the week some clients from California flew into the area on Saturday afternoon December 6. Our temperatures were in the thirties by dusk. That evening when we picked them up for dinner, the temperature was hovering just above freezing, and it was raining.
Just about every place to the west and north of us got snow this past Saturday. Some places in Virginia where we have friends got up to 4 inches of snow. We were lucky the area's waters kept the temperature just above freezing.
By Sunday afternoon the temperature had managed to get into the forties. The next two days were not as fortunate. The temperatures stayed in the mid to upper thirties. That is about as cold as it ever gets here.
Wednesday and Thursday we managed to work our way back into the forties, but we still have a lot of ice on the water. Only this Friday afternoon did we manage to break back into the fifties.
Fortunately for our fish those temperatures seem to have melted much of the ice.
By Sunday we should be back in the sixties, but it looks like we have some more cold weather on the way. Hopefully the warmth we have seen recently we be enough to keep our waters fairly open until we can get back to our average high temperatures.
Canada must be overflowing with cold air. I think we should block the border.