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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:19 PM

Green Christmas likely for most Canadians, forecaster says

Source: Canadian Press

Waking up to a winter wonderland on Christmas Day will be more of a dream than reality for many parts of the country, cautions Canada's top weather man.

... According to statistics the agency has kept since 1955, the chances of getting a white Christmas have been dropping across Canada year after year.

"We have this reputation. We are known as the Cold White North. But I don't think we're as cold and white as we once were," said Environment Canada's senior climatologist David Phillips.

"Our reputation is being undermined. Winter is not what it used to be. It was more of a done deal. It was more of a guarantee."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/12/17/weather-christmas-holidays-green-forecast-environment-canada.html

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Newsjock Dec 2012 OP
TrogL Dec 2012 #1
laundry_queen Dec 2012 #5
closeupready Dec 2012 #6
u4ic Dec 2012 #9
u4ic Dec 2012 #7
OhioChick Dec 2012 #2
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #3
OhioChick Dec 2012 #4
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #8

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:28 PM

1. I've got a foot (30 cm) of snow in my back yard and it's -17C

That ain't going away in a week.

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Response to TrogL (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:57 PM

5. Ditto.

But there are enough people that think Canada consists of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, which, from what I understand, are pretty green (my uncle in TO sent pictures. Green grass. In December. wtf) I'm not one of those people, since I'm not in those areas (hence the snow and cold, like you), just sayin'.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:01 PM

6. Used to be about Thanksgiving, Montreal was frozen solid.

I remember one Thanksgiving there, seeing some homeless teens set up on some heat grate outside one of the hotels downtown there. It was so frigid, I honestly wondered how they could possible survive that weather.

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:25 PM

9. Will most likely be green, wet and possibly windy here

In all fairness, they did mention the Prairies being the only area with guaranteed snow, but no mention at all of the territories.

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Response to TrogL (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:17 PM

7. I find the "caution" bit quite funny

is it dangerous?!?!? Will people be up in arms about it??!!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:33 PM

2. I'm astonished that we've had no measurable snowfall yet this year

By late December, "Lake effect snowfall" is usually the norm.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:36 PM

3. Anchorage finally got some real snow last week, a foot.

Before that the white stuff on the ground was mostly frost. This has been a very dry, very cold winter for us. Even now at 12:30 p.m., it's only -2. It's in the -40 range in the interior.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:38 PM

4. -2?

We typically have those temps here now, however today it's in the mid 40's.

Send some of that white stuff to Ohio, I'd like a dusting for the Holidays.

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Response to OhioChick (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:17 PM

8. I'll see what I can do.

It's going to have to warm up first, though. When it's this cold here, it's always clear. It's the trade-off. When it's beautiful, it's too cold to stay out long, but when it warms up, it gets cloudy.

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