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March: More “lion-like”

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The winter of 2016-17 has had some wild weather swings, and March did not disappoint.  While there were some brief Spring-like days, winter weather prevailed.  Temperatures were on average at least 1 to 2C below normal.  Snowfalls were near normal in New Brunswick, but storms passing to the south and east resulted in above normal snowfalls in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  In fact, Sydney and Halifax had more than double the normal snowfall totals.

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We all remember the winter of 2015; snow totals this winter are surpassing those from 2014-15 in Halifax.  There is more snow expected the first week of April.  I’ll total the winter numbers for other sites in my April summary.

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Yes, there will be more snow in April.  A snowstorm affecting parts of New England this morning (Saturday) will pass south of Nova Scotia on Sunday. There is a consensus that it will pass far enough south to only give most areas a light dusting tonight and Sunday. Parts of Nova Scotia may see 5cm in total, with the extreme southwest perhaps reaching 10cm.  This storm will not spare Newfoundland, with heavy snow and strong winds expected.

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On Tuesday, another system is forecast to pass to our south.  However, there is likely heavier precipitation from this system late Tuesday into Wednesday.  Stay tuned.

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Looking ahead, the long range models are not suggesting any trend towards cold nor warm weather.  Therefore, the best we can expect is normal temperatures with some swings in the conditions continuing. We need the snow on the ground to disappear and the patchy sea ice in the Gulf to melt, so the strong April sun can start helping us out.

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enjoy and stay safe



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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