Don’t put away your woolies

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Ifyou thought this win­ter has been a cold one, then you were right. Ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist An­dré Cantin, the re­ally cold weather be­gan in the last week of Jan­uary, mak­ing that month fin­ish with an av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of 1.4 de­grees colder than nor­mal. And it has been ridicu­lously cold ever since.

“Up un­til now, the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture for Fe­bru­ary in the Sher­brooke area is -17.4 de­grees; that is 6.9 de­grees be­low the nor­mal tem­per­a­ture for this time pe­riod,” ex­plained Mr. Cantin. The last time it was this cold in Fe­bru­ary was in 1979 when a record was set with an av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of -19.1 de­grees Cel­sius.

The rea­son for the frigid tem­per­a­tures is be­cause we have been on the ‘cold’ side of those storms that have been hit­ting the East Coast, get­ting our weather from the North in­stead. “That air mass is more un­sta­ble so there is also lots of wind,” added the me­te­o­rol­o­gist.

When the Stanstead Jour­nal in­quired how long th­ese cold tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to last, Mr. Cantin said: “Don’t ask me that! It will prob­a­bly last a cou­ple more weeks but there is some hope for the mid­dle of March. At least the days are get­ting longer and the sun is get­ting stronger!”

To­tal snow­fall in the Sher­brooke area, up un­til now, is at 178 cen­time­tres, 27 cen­time­tres be­low the av­er­age.

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