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Six More Weeks of Winter? If We’re Lucky

March 2, 2009 9:17 AM | News

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Manitoba Merv saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, which should mean we’ll be seeing another six weeks of winter. Unfortunately, it looks like we’re in store for more than that.

According to Environment Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips, the prairies set daily records for cold temperatures this winter, and noted that one day all of Manitoba was under a wind-chill warning. Not to mention the ice storm on February 9, which crippled the province for days.

What caused all those brutally cold temperatures in the first place? A cooling system over the Pacific Ocean called “La Nina,” Phillips said.

The “balmy” temperatures this season have been awarded to parts of Atlantic Canada, which has escaped the colder conditions so far this winter. Halifax trip anyone?

As for the spring, it appears temperatures in most areas from northern Saskatchewan east in April to June could be above normal.

— With files from Environment Canada

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