Sunday, March 14, 2010

The warmest, driest winter on record in Canada

According to Environment Canada, the winter of 2009/10 was the warmest and the driest since national records were kept in 1948. The country was 4.0 C warmer and 22% drier than "normal", which for those of you scoring at home, is the 1971-2000 1951-1980 mean.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the attitude in Canada to this? I would have expected it to be front page news, but I haven't seen a mention of it in the few papers I've skimmed.

Simon D said...

Good question. If anyone spots mainstream news coverage, please let us know.

Anonymous said...

Judging from the map 95% of Canadians experienced near normal winter tempertures.

LEM

Simon D said...

That depends on your definition of near normal: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal were all ~1.5-3 C above the norm.

Anonymous said...

At the risk of picking a nit, for the Climate Trends and Variations Bulletins (CTVB), Environment Canada defines the normal baseline using the 1951-80 thirty year interval.

The Canadian MSM was too focused on the global warming is a hoax story to notice that temperatures in Canada were running well above normal. It fits in well with our current federal governments spin. At some point in the near future I expect the CTVB to dissappear to save the government from continued embarrassment.

Simon D said...

Thanks for catching that - I was thinking of their "climate normals"