Winter Storm in Toronto by Archie Wong
Have you enjoyed this nice sunny weekend? Did you take out your patio furniture and thinking about inviting guests? Don't get fooled, winter has still some aces up sleeve.
You have few days more to make this year's first bike trips around or have a long walk along the waterfront; however you should plan it before the next weekend comes. David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada and Canadian weather guru, said “We're being seduced by Mother Nature, but if you're realistic about it, you really have to expect some more winter.”
There is a 60% chance of flurries at the end of this week, but it will not change the fact we are experiencing one of the driest winters in recent years. While average aggregated snow level is almost one meter, this winter recorded only 52 centimeters of snow so far. Naturally, such deviations from average give hard times to climatologists.
“It's almost like weather has taken a holiday. This is like the March Break for weather,” Mr. Phillips added.
It's normal to expect about 20% of overall winter snowfall to occur after the beginning of March. Well, Mother Nature will probably not be able to reach last years' standards, but you should have a snow shovel by hand anyway.