So it is the beginning of the New Year and we sit and wonder what this year will bring in the line of weather. According to the Farmers Almanac, Quoting
Canada's Frigid Forecast: 2010 Winter Weather
After a late start to summer, and a soggy one in many areas, the new, hot of the presses, 2010 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is here, and within its pages is a prediction for an “Ice Cold Sandwich” winter.
Last year, the 2009 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac predicted an exceptionally long, cold winter for most regions. As promised, bitter cold and heavy snow punished much of the nation, coming on early in the season and lingering through the start of spring. When spring finally did arrive, it came bearing heavy rains, with twice the annual average falling in many regions.
How Cold Will this Winter Be?
The latest edition of the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac warns that this winter’s frigid forecast offers no respite in sight, especially for provinces in the center of the country. “Colder than normal” and “bitterly cold and dry” is how the Canadian Farmers’ Almanac describes the winter in for provinces above the Great Lakes, the Plains, and the Canadian Rockies, while temperatures on the East and West Coasts will be more in line with average to normal winter conditions.
For residents of the East Coast, who bore most of the brunt of last winter’s fury, this may be good news, but the prediction of an “ice cold sandwich” is sure to send chills down the spines of those in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
While parts of the country are expected to see near or below average precipitation this winter, significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Residents of Eastern and Western coastal provinces can expect some a major snowfall in mid-February, with possible blizzard conditions in parts of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.Annual Weather Summary: November 2009 to October 2010
Winter temperatures will be 1 to 2 degrees C below normal, on average, with the coldest temperatures in early to mid-January and mid-February. Precipitation will be near normal in the east and below normal in the west, with above-normal snowfall in all but eastern Ontario. The snowiest periods will be in late November, mid-January, and mid- and late February.
April and May will be cooler than normal, with precipitation below normal in the east and near normal in the west.
Summer will be cooler and drier than normal, with hot weather in mid- to late June, mid-July, and early August.
September and October will be cooler than normal, with above-normal precipitation.
Temperature and Precipitation November 2009 to October 2010
Well this certainly does not look promising. Hopefully they will be wrong and we will get a beautiful not to rainy summer after a not so great looking winter. As a reminder of what summer looks like. Ah, a sea of green instead of white.
Happy Gardening friends!