Farmers' Almanac Releases Its Canadian Winter Outlook.
“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.”
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.”
In addition to the weather, the 2016 edition of the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac contains many entertaining and informative articles ranging from intriguing, quirky and unique, to historical and informative. Did you know that drinking tea can improve your memory? Or that a cucumber is really a fruit?
This year’s new edition of the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is packed with valuable advice on ways to live a more natural and healthier lifestyle. It shares a look award-winning, unusual muffin recipes, a new recipe contest, best days in 2016 to buy a house, quit smoking or wean your toddler, life hacks, natural ways to combat garden pests, plus annual favorites such as gardening, Moon, fishing, and eclipse calendars.
“The Farmers’ Almanac is a slice of everyday life topped with the 'hacks' you need to do things better and more easily, plus wit and wisdom, including a very timely Thought of the Year: ‘All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.’”– Managing Editor Sandi Duncan, Philom.