The conditions in Nova Scotia on Wednesday were equivalent to a level 3 hurricane. Wind gusts of 100 mph and 19.5 inches of snow marked the strongest nor'easter of the year. But all of that did not stop two dedicated meteorologists from at least trying to report on the storm, even if they were knocked down in the process.
Chris Scott and Mark Robinson work for the Weather Network, Canada's equivalent to the Weather Channel in the U.S. The two men were in Grand Etang, Nova Scotia, reporting amid heavy snow and winds so audible that they were barely able to stand and speak out loud.
With the cameraman rolling tape inside the news van, Scott and Robinson offered a play-by-play of the conditions as they experienced them firsthand. Scott compared it to having "the sunroof down or a window down, going down the highway at a buck-20."
The comparison seemed accurate. The only issue for the two meteorologists is that they did not have the luxury of sitting in a car.
About a minute in to their report, a gust of wind blew through so strong that it knocked the two men to the ground. It also took the microphone right from Scott's hand.
The two men stood back up shortly afterward and checked to make sure they were OK. Both meteorologists were fine. Scott said they had to end their report and get back in the car because they lost their microphone windshield. He could have just blamed the weather. No one would have judged him.
It does not look as if spring is coming to Nova Scotia anytime soon either. The Weather Network forecasts two more small storms to hit the area, beginning Friday afternoon.