Wednesday, March 20th 2019, 12:31 pm - The details on how this temperamental season will play out for your part of Canada, plus the first look at summer 2019.
Meteorological spring starts March 1st, but early March featured mid-winter weather from coast to coast. The map below shows the temperature anomalies that we saw during the first 11 days of March with the various shades of blue, green and violet highlighting colder than normal temperatures. The coldest weather relative to normal was found across the west.
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However, as we headed into mid-March the persistently frigid pattern broke down across Canada. The map below shows temperature anomalies during the past week, with the various shades of orange and red highlighting above normal temperatures.
The pattern change has become most dramatic across western Canada where numerous high temperature records have been broken this week. Across southern Alberta, temperatures have gone from being much as 20 degrees colder than seasonal at the beginning of March to nearly 15 degrees warmer than seasonal this week.
The map below shows our high temperature forecast for Thursday across Canada – the first full day of spring. This highlights the May-like temperatures across the west and near seasonal temperatures across the east, which is quite a contrast to how we started March.
SPRING TEMPERATURE PATTERN
So, where do we go from here? The map below shows our spring temperature forecast.
Near normal or above normal temperatures are expected to dominate across most of the country – a welcome contrast to the second half of winter. However, it is important to remember that spring is a tumultuous season, and this year will be not be an exception. Everyone should still expect chilly interruptions as we make the transition from winter to summer.
Across western Canada, including much of the Prairies, above normal temperatures are expected to be more dominant than the periods of colder weather. Spring will struggle longer across eastern Canada, but the final numbers are expected to be near or just slightly colder than seasonal. For most of Ontario and southern Quebec, we expect that the back and forth swings in temperature will come close to offsetting each other, meaning a typical spring for these regions.
SPRING PRECIPITATION PATTERN
We expect near normal precipitation across most of Canada, but above normal precipitation is expected for parts of northern Ontario and Manitoba and from the central coast of B.C. to the Yukon. We are also watching the risk for drier than normal conditions across parts of the southern Prairies.
We expect fewer than normal storms across eastern Canada this spring, but some of the storms will tap into subtropical moisture and bring substantial rainfall totals. This will result in seasonal totals that are close to normal.
Spring flooding is also a major concern this spring for many regions of the country, especially where we will have well above normal amounts of snow on the ground.
For more regional details on our forecast for the rest of March, April and May for each region of the country, please read on.
After a frigid and snowy February and early March, spring has finally arrived. Warmer than normal temperatures are expected to dominate through the season, but it will not be smooth sailing all the way to summer as periods of cooler and unsettled weather will still occur at times. During the periods of warmer weather we still have a heightened threat for flooding from rapid snow melt in the alpine regions.
FORECAST FOCUS: 'EXTREME ANOMALIES' A SPRING THEME IN B.C.
A dramatic pattern change has occurred across this region and warmer than normal temperatures are expected to dominate through spring. Unfortunately, this continues to bring the threat for spring flooding across the regions where there is deeper than normal snow cover (especially near and north of the Yellowhead Highway).
However, the Prairies are notorious for their wild swings in weather, and this spring will continue to solidify that reputation. Despite warmer than normal temperatures for spring as a whole, we will still have to watch the threat for shots of colder/wintry weather through the season.