Strong winds are expected sweep the Maritimes again, a week after a storm that caused outages in more than 70,000 homes in the Maritimes.
Last week, outages affected more than 70,000 homes in the Maritimes following a storm.
In Thunder Bay, in northwestern Ontario, a brown and wet Christmas is also expected. On December 15, the thermometer read as high as 6 degrees Celsius, 12 degrees higher than the usual average for that day, according to Environment Canada data.
These above-average temperatures have been observed since the beginning of December. The average for the entire month of December is usually -11 to -12 degrees Celsius.
Peter Kimbell, meteorologist at Environment Canada, estimates that& #x27;There is at best a 50% chance that Thunder Bay residents will experience a white Christmas.
El Niño also brought warmer and drier than average temperatures to the Prairies, to the point where, by late November, residents were wondering if they had to put away their snow pants.
A situation that worries Terri Lang, meteorologist for Environment Canada. Throughout the summer, much of Western Canada was on fire. We had a dry fall, so having a dry winter could be very, very problematic, she warns, while noting that freezing temperatures and snowstorms are still possible.
Environment Canada data shows drought levels across the Prairies are higher than usual. In some areas of southern Alberta, they reach particularly high levels.
Statistically, Saskatchewan residents rarely ask themselves whether they will have a white Christmas, notes David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.
Saskatoon experienced five Green Christmases between 1988 and 2021, and none between 1955 and 1987. Regina, for its part, experienced six between 1988 and 2021, compared to three during the period 1955-1987. This year's Christmas may be added to this list.
British Columbia, for its part, is less accustomed to White Christmases. According to data compiled by Environment Canada over a period of 67 years (New window) (external source), the probability of a white Christmas in Vancouver is 9%, a figure that rises to 12% for Victoria and 64 % for Kelowna.
With information from CBC News