According to the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2015–2016 is looking like a repeat of last winter, at least in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold conditions over Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario. Very cold to downright frigid temperatures are once again on tap for Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.
“It’s like Winter Déjà vu,” states the editor Peter Geiger, adding “ last year our bitterly cold, shivery forecasts came true. This year many of these same places may want to get a jump start now and stock up on lots of winter survival gear: sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood.”
Much of central Canada will see near-normal temperatures. This includes western Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. In these areas, Ms. Nature will mix intervals of unseasonably mild temperatures with periodic shots of bitter cold; average it all out and it comes out, average!
Farther west, over British Columbia, milder than normal temperatures are again expected. The Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut are forecast to receive near-normal winter temperatures.
The almanac, which has been published for 223 years, says it has an 80% success rate in accurately predicting long-range weather forecasts. Here’s hoping this year’s prediction falls into the 20% !!!