[Hpn] Deep freeze hits day 3

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:21:33 -0500


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Deep freeze hits day 3

By DOUG McINTYRE, Sun Media


Freezing temperatures spiked electricity use to record-breaking voltage =
and wrought further havoc on the transit system as Calgary's cold snap =
entered its third bone-chilling day.=20

Weather-weary commuters could only grin and bear it during today's =
morning rush-hour as a broken-down C-Train at 7 Ave. and 4 St. S.W. =
gummed up the transit procession.=20

"We had to remove it and there were delays on 7 Ave. in particular," =
said Calgary Transit spokesman Ron Collins.=20

A power outage at transit's Haysboro power station led to delays in =
getting trains on the tracks, although the problem was rectified before =
5 a.m.=20

Electricity has proven a popular commodity during the big chill, its =
usage surging to new heights as the mercury nose-dives.=20


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The Alberta Electric System Operator crackled up to a new precedent of =
9,710 megawatts at 6 p.m. Monday night, edging out the previous record =
of 9,701 MW set Dec. 3, said Warren Frost, vice-president of operations =
and reliability "A prolonged cold snap, reduced daylight hours and =
increased lighting are all factors that combine to push demand to record =
levels," said Frost.=20

City shelters have seen a similar clamour for their services since the =
frigid spell set in.=20

Yet nagging worries persist of some homeless still braving the =
unforgiving elements.=20

"We don't sleep very well when it's this cold," said Steve Griffin, =
general manager of the Mustard Seed's Foothills facility.=20

Griffin noted more than 320 people used the 370-capacity shelter Monday =
night, up from its typical winter numbers of 260 to 280 refuge-seekers.=20

He expects similar, if not increased, numbers over the next couple days =
given that today afternoon's bitter wind chill tamped down temperatures =
to a teeth-chattering -44 C.=20

And Calgarians shouldn't plan on breaking out the sandals and suntan =
lotion any time soon, Environment Canada meteorologist John McIntyre =
said today.=20

About the only silver lining tomorrow will be a less-biting wind chill =
not projected to hit the -40 C warning threshold.=20

"The air is going to be slightly less cold - I'm not going to say =
warmer," McIntyre said.=20

"It's going to be cold for several days yet, certainly no chinook on the =
horizon."=20

Temperatures are forecast to rise to a comparatively balmy -12 C by =
Thursday.=20

While public and Catholic schools rarely close due to severe winter =
weather, St. Matthew school at 416 83 Ave. S.E. had no choice after a =
pipe malfunction left a portion of the building unheated and cut off its =
washrooms' water supply.=20

The Calgary Catholic School District said the school will be shut down =
tomorrow for repairs and is expected to reopen Thursday.=20


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<DIV><BR><B>By <A href=3D"mailto:doug.mcintyre@sunmedia.ca"><FONT=20
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<P><FONT face=3DArial>Freezing temperatures spiked electricity use to=20
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<P><FONT face=3DArial>Weather-weary commuters could only grin and bear =
it during=20
today's morning rush-hour as a broken-down C-Train at 7 Ave. and 4 St. =
S.W.=20
gummed up the transit procession.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>"We had to remove it and there were delays on 7 =
Ave. in=20
particular," said Calgary Transit spokesman Ron Collins.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>A power outage at transit=92s Haysboro power =
station led to=20
delays in getting trains on the tracks, although the problem was =
rectified=20
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the big=20
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<P><FONT face=3DArial>The Alberta Electric System Operator crackled up =
to a new=20
precedent of 9,710 megawatts at 6 p.m. Monday night, edging out the =
previous=20
record of 9,701 MW set Dec. 3, said Warren Frost, vice-president of =
operations=20
and reliability "A prolonged cold snap, reduced daylight hours and =
increased=20
lighting are all factors that combine to push demand to record levels," =
said=20
Frost.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>City shelters have seen a similar clamour for =
their services=20
since the frigid spell set in.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>Yet nagging worries persist of some homeless still =
braving=20
the unforgiving elements.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>"We don=92t sleep very well when it=92s this =
cold," said Steve=20
Griffin, general manager of the Mustard Seed=92s Foothills =
facility.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>Griffin noted more than 320 people used the =
370-capacity=20
shelter Monday night, up from its typical winter numbers of 260 to 280=20
refuge-seekers.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>He expects similar, if not increased, numbers over =
the next=20
couple days given that today afternoon=92s bitter wind chill tamped down =

temperatures to a teeth-chattering -44 C.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>And Calgarians shouldn=92t plan on breaking out =
the sandals=20
and suntan lotion any time soon, Environment Canada meteorologist John =
McIntyre=20
said today.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>About the only silver lining tomorrow will be a =
less-biting=20
wind chill not projected to hit the -40 C warning threshold.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>"The air is going to be slightly less cold =97 =
I=92m not going=20
to say warmer," McIntyre said.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>"It=92s going to be cold for several days yet, =
certainly no=20
chinook on the horizon."</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>Temperatures are forecast to rise to a =
comparatively balmy=20
-12 C by Thursday.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>While public and Catholic schools rarely close due =
to severe=20
winter weather, St. Matthew school at 416 83 Ave. S.E. had no choice =
after a=20
pipe malfunction left a portion of the building unheated and cut off its =

washrooms=92 water supply.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial>The Calgary Catholic School District said the =
school will be=20
shut down tomorrow for repairs and is expected to reopen =
Thursday.</FONT> </P>
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