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A “significant deficit” of snow on the ground in Quebec

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec31,2023

Un “Significant deficit” of snow on the ground in Quebec

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Winters risk 'be more and more unpredictable, according to meteorologists.


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You don't need to be an expert to see that snow is expected this year in Montreal and several other cities in Quebec, but Environment Canada meteorologists speak of a “significant deficit” compared to seasonal norms.

In a table published on the X platform, the federal organization indicates that snow is simply absent in Montreal and Quebec, while the average snowfall on the ground is respectively ten centimeters and 34 centimeters in these cities.

A carpet of snow of 5 cm covered Sept-Îles on December 31, but it should rather be 31 cm according to seasonal norms.

Environment Canada reports that the snow cover is also significantly below seasonal norms in Gaspé and Bagotville, in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Despite this deficit, it is not a record, says Gregory Yang, meteorologist at Environment Canada.

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For Montreal, for example, we have had green Christmases six times in the last ten years. For Quebec, it's a little rarer. The last time there was no snow on the ground on December 25 was in 2015.

A quote from Gregory Yang, meteorologist

The further north a city is in the province, the more rare it is that it has had a green Christmas, says Mr. Yang.

The averages released by Environment Canada were calculated from data collected between 1981 and 2010, he indicates.

Next year, the organization will receive new data, collected between 1991 and 2010, that will show whether climate change has had an effect on snow cover season averages in recent years. years.

For now, Yang suspects the amount of snow from the new data will be lower than the previous average. p>

Even if it is not yet possible to say that climate change will cause less snow in the coming winters, the meteorologist estimates that we can expect more unpredictable winters.

With global warming, this is not necessarily that it's going to be hotter in the future, it's just that we could have more extremes, explains Mr. Yang.

With information from The Canadian Press

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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