Skip to content
27.8 °Cforecast >
Mostly Cloudy

A record winter for lack of snow in Halifax so far

'Those who see snow as a four-letter word, they couldn't be happier,' said Environment Canada's David Phillips
0
rain storm shutterstock
(stock image)

As we wait for another January rain storm, Environment Canada's senior climatologist says Haligonians are likely a little more out of shape this year from lack of shovelling.

"There's never been a year in Halifax, going back 65 years, where we've started off the winter with such a low snowfall amount," said David Phillips.

We've only had 18 centimetres so far this winter, which is about a fifth of what is considered normal. It's not for lack of precipitation, because we've had an above average amount, it's just mostly been in the form of rain. 

He said the big storms that have come our way have tracked north of us, leaving us on the warmer side of the systems, and that couple of degrees difference has meant not much work for snow plow drivers.

Phillips calls it a  "meteorological oddity", adding this snow drought seems to be Halifax-focused.

"They've had humongous amounts of snow up in New Brunswick. In Greenwood they've had 13 per cent more snow so far this winter than they normally would get."

However Phillips warned we shouldn't get too comfortable, there's still plenty of time left in winter.

"I looked at a couple of those years where there were really low snowfall totals at the beginning, and they ended up with more snow than normal."

But he said for now, maybe mother nature is making up for what she did to us last year. The 2016/2017 season was one of the snowiest winters on record for Halifax with 404 centimetres, 221 is considered average.
 




Comments
Rogers Media
6080 Young Street Halifax, NS, B3K 5L2 © 2006-2018 Rogers Media. All rights reserved.