Environment Canada compiling historical snowfall data in Gander.
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.
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.