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February: Mild With Plenty Of Precipitation

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February Summary

February Summary

February was 3 to 4C above normal. While the Maritimes received above normal snow totals for February, there were also a number of record warm days and significant rainfall events (especially in Nova Scotia) that pretty well took care of the snowpack.  By the beginning of March, only Northern New Brunswick had consistent snowpack:

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What a difference since last year, when everyone had a significant snowpack.. some over 1.5m.  Of course these snowpacks only increased during the month of March 2015.

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For March 2016, a snowstorm on Saturday 5th gave Halifax and Sydney between 20 and 30cm… but very little snow elsewhere.  The outlook into the second and third weeks of the month would suggest that this fresh snowpack will disappear quickly, and there does not appear to be a pattern for any extended cold or snow weather.

40 model ensemble issued 06 March 2016

40 model ensemble issued 06 March 2016

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Certainly the winter has been more welcoming for driving and walking… but a frustration for those who enjoy outdoor sports.  The Emera Oval has already closed and in-line skaters will be enjoying the mild weather expected this coming week.

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With little snowcover, a manageable amount of sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and a strengthening sun, I remain optimistic for this relatively fine weather to continue into April.

stay safe

Jim

About Jim Abraham

Jim has spent about 40 years in the weather business. He has been an operational forecaster from Halifax to Whitehorse. Jim started the Canadian Hurricane Centre, and has flown into a couple of these storms. As a senior executive within Environment Canada, Jim has managed weather research, weather services, and weather/water/climate observing programs. Retired from Environment Canada, Jim is the Atlantic Director for the Canadian Climate Forum, the president of the Halifax chapter of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society, a partner in Climaction Services, and a part-time meteorologist on CBC radio. He is still participating in national and international activities related to weather preparedness. Having witnessed unprecedented advances in the science and technology of meteorology. Jim hopes that this blog will also be educational; enabling users to better understand weather-related phenomena, better interpret available information, and ultimately better able to make decisions to protect themselves, their family and their property. Jim welcomes any questions and suggestions.

 

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