Canada reports mildest winter on record

Mar 20, 2010
A woman joggs in Stanley Park in front of the Vancouver Skyline on February 2010, during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Canada jumps into spring after having recorded the mildest and driest winter on record, Environment Canada reported Friday.

Canada jumps into spring after having recorded the mildest and driest winter on record, Environment Canada reported Friday.

The agency, which has compiled data from 1948, determined the average temperature throughout the country was four degrees Celsius (seven degrees Fahrenheit) above normal, said meteorologist Andre Cantin.

Cantin said the country also saw 20 percent less precipitation than normal, also a record.

El Nino, the in the that influences global weather, was likely responsible for the freakish weather, according to Cantin, who noted that changes in climate may also have played a role.

The unusual winter wreaked havoc at the at venues near Vancouver, where a shortage of snow delayed many events.

Some Arctic areas were warmer and the north of Quebec province was six degrees Celsius (10 Fahrenheit) above the norm.

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seneca
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 20, 2010
Well, solar activity is still low, but the heating of ocean continues => global warming in its full glory...
jerryd
5 / 5 (1) Mar 20, 2010

Down here in Fla we just had the coldest winter ever for many towns including snow which is very rare in the last 2 decades. But we had a warm fall too.

So if Canada wants it's cold back we are glad to give it back to them.

On El Nino while it does give us colder, wetter winters here, it keeps the hurricanes away too.
hylozoic
5 / 5 (1) Mar 20, 2010
I love the catastrophic frequency of our planet's climate: it resonates with punctuated equilibrium throughout so many time-scales that it fills me -- north-western canadian -- with seasonal joy. Life is awesome.
Alphakronik
3 / 5 (2) Mar 20, 2010
This is what I'm guessing took place:

Reporter: "So, this is all global warmings fault, right?"

Scientist: "No, not really, it's typical for a year with El Nino for Northern Territories to warm."

Reporter: "Are you sure?"

Scientist: "Yes"

Reporter: "Positively Sure?"

Scientist: "Well maybe if..

Reporter "AH HA!!! I KNEW IT!!!! EVERYBODY PANIC!"
mary_hinge
4 / 5 (1) Mar 24, 2010
On El Nino while it does give us colder, wetter winters here, it keeps the hurricanes away too.


Let's hope the El Nino carries on a wee bit longer, the Atlantic sea surface temperatures around the Cape Verde Islands, the main hurricane production area, are exceptionally warm. Once the El Nino does fizzle out watch out for a succession of storms this mid-late summer
mary_hinge
5 / 5 (1) Mar 24, 2010
Alphakronick- the main flaw in your logic is that this has been a medium-strong El Nino, not on the same scale as, for instance the 1998 event. The ENSO is part of the climate 'noise' what we are seeing with increased frequency are the additional effects of global temperature increases. El Nino events will cause greater warming, La Nina will show less cooling. Satellites show that this March will in all probably be the warmest the troposphere has been on record. http://discover.i...sutemps/
mary_hinge
5 / 5 (1) Mar 24, 2010
Just to clarify the point about the waters around Cape Verde and off the African West Coast, here is the current temperature anomaly map. http://www.osdpd....2010.gif

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