Record lows

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

Cold enough for ya? If you haven’t asked any­one that ques­tion over the past week, chances are some­one asked it of you. That’s be­cause it is cold out­side. In­deed, cli­ma­tol­o­gists have con­firmed that the cold we ex­pe­ri­enced over the past week has shat­tered pre­vi­ous records.

Nov. 22 the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture that morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the weather sta­tion in St. Anicet, was -16.8 de­grees Cel­sius. The pre­vi­ous record at that sta­tion for that date was set in 2000 when the tem­per­a­ture dropped to -10.5. In Corn­wall, the cold­est Nov. 22 in recorded his­tory was set in 1978, when the tem­per­a­ture dropped to -13.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada’s Se­nior Cli­ma­tol­o­gist David Phillips says Glen­gar­ri­ans have ex­pe­ri­enced weather last week that was even colder than the dead of win­ter, which usu­ally hits around the third week of Jan­uary. At that time, the morn­ing low drops to about -13.5 and the af­ter­noon high hits -5.

The morn­ing of Fri­day, Nov. 23, was also par­tic­u­larly frosty. The St. Anicet sta­tion recorded a morn­ing low of -20.7 de­grees, or -24 with the wind chill. The pre­vi­ous record was set in Corn­wall in 1972, when the low clocked in at a mod­est -13.3.

And if you think that last Wed­nes­day, Nov. 21, was also cold enough for the record books, you’re not quite right. The tem­per­a­ture here dropped to -15.7 on that day, but it wasn’t the cold­est Nov. 21 in recorded his­tory. That hap­pened in 1951 in Corn­wall, when the tem­pera- ture was -16.7. Even so, the nor­mal low for this time of year is only -5.

Mr. Phillips, who sus­pects that Glen­gar­ri­ans also saw record lows around the mid­dle of the month, cau­tions res­i­dents not to suc­cumb to the be­lief that the dip­ping mer­cury is a har­bin­ger of a cruel win­ter.

“We’re just ex­pe­ri­enc­ing win­ter tem­per­a­tures a month be­fore win­ter hits,” he says.

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