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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Climatologist Says Recent Winter Not Memorable

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

David Phillips says Lake Huron shoreline saw no record-breaking cold or snowfalls in 2018-19 winter.

A Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada says the 2018-2019 winter in Grey Bruce and Huron Counties should not be a memorable one.

Although he admits the cold season has been a long one, David Phillips says the average temperature has been in between the extremes typically recorded along Lake Huron.

Phillips points to the numerous stretches of freezing and thawing, where periods of snow build-up would lead to stretches of warm, melting weather.

Snowfalls conditions also the eastern shores of Lake Huron were also fairly unconventional this winter.

Phillips tells us most of the snow accumulation came during weather systems from either the American South, or Western Canada.

The Lake Huron shoreline is prone to lake-effect snowfalls, of which the region saw fewer than usual.

According to Phillips, record snowfalls were recorded in other parts of Ontario, including Sudbury and Ottawa.

As for when the Spring weather will arrive, Phillips expects you will be peeling off your winter jacket in mid-to-late March.

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