From Farmers’ Almanac Weather Archive –
Canadian Extended Winter Weather Forecast 2015-2016
What’s in store for winter 2015-2016?
“Depending on where you live and how much cold and snow you like, we have bad news and we have good news. . . .”
– Editor Peter Geiger, Philom.
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.
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.
“It’s like Winter Déjà vu,” states Geiger, adding “ last year our bitterly cold, shivery forecasts came true eastern cities and provinces. 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.”
HOW MUCH SNOW?!
Precipitation-wise, if you like snow, then you should head out to Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritimes where snowier-than-normal conditions are forecast.
Snowfall will also be above average for the Prairie Provinces. Meanwhile, near- to possibly below-normal winter precipitation appears on tap for British Columbia. Near-normal amounts of snow are predicted for the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
Over Quebec and the Maritimes, we are “red-flagging” the second week of January and the second week of February for possible heavy winter weather with a protracted spell of stormy weather extending through much of the first half of March.
“If you think this winter forecast is bad” states Sandi Duncan, Philom., Managing Editor, “be sure to read our article on The Year Without a Summer (1816). Fortunately for all of us our summer forecast for 2016 is much better than the summer that caught many off guard 200 years ago.”
MORE THAN THE WEATHER
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– Managing Editor Sandi Duncan, Philom.
Caleb Weatherbee is the official forecaster for the Farmers' Almanac. His name is actually a pseudonym that has been passed down through generations of Almanac prognosticators and has been used to conceal the true identity of the men and women behind our predictions.