Record snow­falls

En­vi­ron­ment Canada com­pil­ing his­tor­i­cal snow­fall data in Gan­der.

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.mur­phy@tc.tc

Mother Na­ture has played what could be con­sid­ered one of the great­est Aprils Fools Day gags in the his­tory of spring­time in New­found­land and Labrador, record break­ing in fact.

Daily snow­fall records at Gan­der In­ter­na­tional Air­port were buried un­der of a blan­ket of fresh pow­der as snow­fall, and win­ter con­tin­ued un­abated into the first week of the month. En­vi­ron­ment Canada recorded 55 cm of to­tal ac­cu­mu­la­tion at Gan­der In­ter­na­tional Air­port in one day last week.

“I know for March we set the monthly record, and we’re prob­a­bly not get­ting to far off the April record al­ready,” said Warn­ing Pre­pared­ness me­te­o­rol­o­gist for En­vi­ron­ment & Cli­mate Change Canada, David Neil last week. “Gan­der, third of April, great­est snow­fall 29.2 cm in 2001…, so for yes­ter­day we def­i­nitely blew past that.”

The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change is in the process of com­pil­ing the his­tor­i­cal monthly to­tals to see ex­actly how many records may have been bro­ken.

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY/TC ME­DIA

Kirby Short of Lewis­porte pulled out all the stops for snow re­moval. With snow­fall to­tals reach­ing record pro­por­tions, shov­els and snow blow­ers were needed to dig out.

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