by Staff Writers
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
No White Christmas For Canadians
The past two winters in
been somewhat odd. Last winter we had a
pretty ordinary winter while south of us the Canada got blasted in a way that one
has to go far back in the record books to find comparables. It was almost as if we were on different
continents. This year, as this article
makes clear we have had no snow across the country. US
What I find curious here is that this means that a not so low probability event in
has been repeated in the Prairies and in Ontario
and Quebec and the Maritimes and even . If we were to assign a probability of one
four to each of them save BC at say ¾, all of which is super conservative but
overcomes any geographic linkage and dependency, then the probability of this
happening is around once per millennium.
Obviously some factor is making it more likely than it appears. Newfoundland
In the meantime, the
is having a
pretty ordinary winter and perhaps a repeat of some recent past decent winters. US
Another thing to think about regarding Canadian cities. Their internal density has been steadily increasing and this has increased the heat island effect of the cities themselves. If heat output is measured on a per capita basis, then the rising population in the cities is also combined with greater heat output as few now do without sufficient warm living space or all the add-ons.
No white Christmas for Canadians in 2011
by Staff Writers
Most Canadians will not wake up to a white Christmas on December 25 for the first time since
weather office began recording snowfalls in 1955, the government agency
said Wednesday. Canada
With just days before the Christian holiday, Environment
Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips told
AFP he has never seen so little snowpack in 's cities. Canada
And the forecast for the coming days is sunny and very mild.
"A white Christmas is usually a sure thing in
, but not this year,"
Phillips said. Canada
"We are usually the snowiest country in the world," he said. "But this year, like no other since we've been monitoring in 56 years, there will be many Canadians just dreaming of a white Christmas and not getting one."
For a city to qualify as having a white Christmas, Environment
must note at least two centimeters (0.79 inches) of snow on the ground at 7 am
on December 25. Canada
This month has been on average six to seven degrees (Celsius) warmer than normal and most snow that has fallen has melted soon after hitting the ground.
Other cities in the east like
have a few centimeters of snow on the ground but rain is forecast. Saint
Phillips said Canadian winters are generally becoming milder, and starting later, and so the idea of a white Christmas may be something of the past.
He pointed to a combination of climate change and an "urban heat island effect" created by
growing cities. High energy use generates heat that is retained by materials in
urban developments, resulting in areas that are consistently hotter than
surrounding rural areas. Canada