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Once again, winter is beginning to wrap its long cold arms around us — with most of us hoping not to be buried under too much snow and that the temperatures stay bearable. So what are the experts predicting for us this winter?
Forecasted by Environment Canada, the following maps show locations in Canada with a probability to receive either above or below average winter temperatures and precipitation.
News and events — visually
And for spring and summer?
Below normal = Blue Above normal = Red Normal = White
Above normal temperature forecast
0 Prob (%) above normal 20 40
Near 100% probabilty of above normal temperatures this winter Near 100% probabilty of above normal percipitation this winter
Below normal temperature forecast
0 Prob (%) below normal
Near 100% probabilty of below normal temperatures this winter
Period: Mar.-Apr.-May 2012 Temperature
20 40 60 80 100
60 80 100
Period: June-July-Aug. 2012 Precipitation
Near 90% probabilty of below normal precipitation this winter
Above normal precipitation forecast
0 Prob (%) above normal 20 40 60 80 100
Below normal precipitation forecast
0 20 40 60 80 100 Prob (%) above normal
Period: Mar.-Apr.-May 2012 Precipitation
Period: June-July-Aug. 2012
From The Farmers’ Almanac
For the winter of 2011–2012, the Almanac is forecasting unusually cold and stormy weather. For some parts of the country that means a frigid climate; while for others, it’s lots of rain and snow.
Sources: Environment Canada; Farmers’ Almanac
• Cold to very cold, from Alberta east across Saskatchewan and Manitoba into western Ontario. • Temperatures will average above normal for much of Nova Scotia and, possibly, southern New Brunswick.
• Near-normal temperatures expected elsewhere. • A very active storm track will bring copious precipitation through the Great Lakes into central and eastern Ontario, Quebec, and much of the Maritimes.
• Another active storm track over the Paciﬁc Ocean will guide systems into southern and central British Columbia and western Alberta, giving them a wetter-than-normal winter.
Averge snowfall Cold Very cold Averge snowfall Very wet White Frigid Cold Average snowfall
Wet White Cold
Very wet Stormy Cold
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY TARA CORRAN/QMI AGENCY