Greg Duncan

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Of wind, comets and jets

  • Winter Wind God
    Winter Wind God
    Photo credit: Random

There has been a lot of wind this winter up on the hill in Notre Dame de l’Ile Perrot and I know that other areas of the Off-Island have had their windy share, too. Wreaking havoc on power lines, tearing off roofs and breaking trees and their limbs, these big winds seem to be increasingly frequent. Heck, even our two shaggy pups have held firm in their joint refusal to venture outside on some days. Call this doggy protest if you will.

Lately I’ve been confused as to whether I’m hearing wind gusts or another jet overhead coming in or climbing on its way out from Trudeau airport. Are there more flights going over our island as of late?

We have become accustomed to flight path jet noise during summer for some years now. Curiously though, I seem to be noticing them this winter despite a sound-insulating blanket of snow and battened-down hatches. In fact, a jet came in so low and loudly the other night that it had me questioning if an unruly comet was on the approach. Not to be paranoid, but with all the asteroid and comet media hype of late, who hasn’t thought about the possibility and pardon the pun but… in the end, would it really matter? Sonic boom and oblivion would occur.

Regardless of this outcome and speaking of which, I can’t help but have some concern about planes over my head, especially if they are coming and going more frequently here. Coincidentally, another local blogger has recently declared his pleasure at having an airport within close proximity and I know only too well what advantages come with living near one with escape from windy Quebec winters being just one of many. However, big winds can spell trouble for airplanes, too, and the fact that more may be flying directly over my house has me a little nervous, if truth be told.

I’ve flown over Ile Perrot many times and have on occasion been able to actually see my neighborhood and home. It’s a suburban vista of blue pools down there in summer with no visible trace of them in winter but a few ice fishing shacks do dot the frozen lake and the windmill at the point can give clues that we are close to home.

Have you heard more jet noise or noticed any increase in jets flying low overhead this winter in Ile Perrot, Notre Dame de l’Ile Perrot and Pincourt? Or, am I just blowing wind?

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