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Canada claims top spot for worst March weather...again

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By Dayna Vettese
Meteorologist
@daynavettese
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:26 AM

What you are about to read may feel like a cruel April Fool’s joke but unfortunately, it is not...

TEMPERATURES

With the exception of south coast of British Columbia (lucky you Arda and Caaleb!), every major city/capital east of the Rocky Mountains were below seasonal for the month of March.

The first image below shows the “Temperature Anomaly” (how much above or below normal the temperatures were) for March 1 – March 29, 2014 (data not yet available for the last couple of days of March).

As you can see, the graphic below nicely, or maybe not so nicely, reflects what the numbers are saying.

The second image below shows the “Temperature Anomaly” across the globe for the same time period.

As was the case for the winter, Canada holds the trophy AGAIN for the most below seasonal region on the planet in March.




PRECIPITATION:

Precipitation verification is often tricky. If you get a blizzard or any sort of snowy system with wind, taking accurate snow measurements is near impossible!

March was full of these types of systems, but nonetheless, there was a lot of snow.


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As expected with temperatures being below normal everywhere east of the Rockies, the majority of the precipitation that fell, fell as snow.

Coastal British Columbia managed to receive above average rainfall but, as before, every major city east of the Rockies (with only Ottawa and Halifax being the exceptions) received above normal snowfall amounts for March.

Regina, Kenora, Toronto, Montreal, Fredericton, Charlottetown and St. John’s all managed to accumulate almost DOUBLE its normal March snowfall amounts.

Below is a “Snow on the Ground” map, which shows how much snow is still on the ground (as of this morning) across Canada. As you can see, there’s still quite a bit.

ACTUAL VERSUS NORMAL

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