National Geographic : 1941 Dec
Leon BrianOd &Son Tobogganing, Iceboating, and Skating While Away the Long Months When Snow Blankets the Islands from December toApril Once in a while St. Pierre is isolated by pack ice, but most annoying is the powdery snow, called poudrin, whipped down from themountains bynorth winds. This blinding, icy "dust" is so fine that it forces its way even into tightly closed houses. Though the climate is not unduly severe, thepeople find ithard tokeep warm, because coal must be imported from Nova Scotia and fuel oil is scarce and costly. Windows are sealed with stormsashes inearly fall, not tobeopened tillspring.