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January 2017: Statistics Don’t Tell It All

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The Maritimes encountered a lot of variability in January 2017.  Average temperatures were about 3C above normal, as well as most areas receiving above normal rainfalls.  While we had our share of snowfall (Halifax right on normal 60cm), the mild spells and rain washed much of it away.

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However, the statistics do not capture the disastrous ice storm in New Brunswick just over a week ago.  Well over 100,000 customers had lost their power, and as we begin February, almost 8,000 are still without electricity.

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As we move into February, the first weekend will be cold, and models suggest February might be colder than normal.

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So prepare for snow on the ground when I write my summary in a months time.  Hopefully nothing like 2015. There are no signs of a persistent pattern like 2015…. but tough to forecast these seasonal patterns.

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.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this content are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of haligonia.ca.

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