Green Christmas in Nova Scotia

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Not exactly a White Christmas in Truro, NS, 25 Dec 2016 (Dearing)

While most of New Brunswick was covered in snow on 25 December, many parts of Nova Scotia including Truro had a Green Christmas Day.

While there were a couple of snow squalls during the day which produced a trace or so, it was mostly sunny with a strong, cold wind in central Nova Scotia.

As a child growing up in this area, having a White Christmas was always a toss up with some years being snowy while other years were rainy.

More white is on the way as a Colorado Low approaches from the American Midwest and Central Canada with a mixed bag of precipitation expected.

Winter storm hits Ontario, Quebec

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Heavy snow in Kingston, ON, 21 Nov 2016 (Twitter)


A Colorado Low brought an early taste of winter to a large swath of Central Canada.

Most of the region saw its first measurable snow of the season with the highest amounts in eastern Ontario (Ottawa 16 cm, Kingston 18 cm) and western Quebec (Mont-Tremblant 15 cm, Montreal 5 cm).

Strong winds were also a factor gusting up to 70 km/h in the Greater Toronto Area and even up to 90 km/h in some areas.

Heavy lake effect snow also pounded neighbouring New York State with up to 50 cm in Rochester and Syracuse.

The heat is finally on!

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Warm air arrives in Eastern Canada, 18 June 2016 (Environment Canada)

After almost a week of cold, rainy weather in Southeast New Brunswick, a warm air mass is moving in from Central Canada which will raise temperatures considerably.

After a chilly low this morning of 4.5 C in Greater Moncton, temperatures could reach as high as 30 C tomorrow which will be very close to a record high.

The heat returns just in time for the official arrival of summer on Monday night.

Northern fires keep southern temperatures down

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Winds are carrying smoke from forest fires in British Columbia, the Prairies and the Northwest Territories into Ontario and the Northeastern United States.

Forecasters say the smoke is even lowering temperatures by several degrees which has explained why Central Canada and the eastern Great Lakes region have been experiencing lower than average temperatures so far this summer.

The jet stream has been carrying the smoke but officials say it is moving at such a high altitude that air quality will likely not be affected in the region.

Great Lakes mostly frozen over

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

It has been a very cold winter in Central Canada and the American Midwest and proof of that is the mostly frozen Great Lakes.

As of this week, scientists say 88 percent of the Great Lakes are frozen over which is a level not seen since 1994.

Lakes Erie and Huron are almost entirely frozen while the much deeper Lake Ontario contains much less ice.

Cross Canada Deep Freeze

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Much of Canada – the exception being the West Coast – fell into a deep freeze this week with the coldest weather yet this winter.

The coldest of the Arctic blast was over Central Canada where temperatures plummeted to -45.1 C this morning in Armstrong, Ontario and -46.3 C in Lac Benoit, Quebec.

In Greater Moncton, the temperature is expected to drop to -22 C by tomorrow morning and a bitter wind chill of -34 by evening.

Forecasters say the cold snap could last a couple weeks with a slight warm up expected this weekend.