Don’t put away your woolies
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.