Thursday, March 20, 2008

this just in... good news!

Weather guru predicts six more weeks of winter News Staff

A new survey suggests Canadians are divided on whether this winter's weather was really that bad. But Canada's top weatherman suggests we save the end-of-season reflection for another few weeks.

Environment Canada Senior Climatologist David Phillips is taking over for Wiarton Willie, saying Canada's famous weather prognosticating groundhog got it wrong when he predicted only six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2.

Phillips says the six more weeks of winter will actually start today, the official first day of spring, according to current Environment Canada climate models.

Just as Phillips predicted last fall, it was a nasty winter across the country.

The Prairies spent weeks under a deep freeze, Atlantic Canada faced regular bouts of freezing rain and most of the country was buried under uncharacteristically heavy snowfalls.

Eastern Canada typically gets 10 to 15 per cent of its annual snowfall after the first day of spring, he said, noting Toronto, Ontario and Montreal still have time to break the snowfall records are in sight of this year. Toronto needs another 20 centimetres, Ottawa needs 25 centimetres and Montreal needs 26 to break existing records.

The good news is we will continue to feel better as the days get longer, he said.

But while many Canadians can be heard grumbling about what seems like an endless winter, many don't feel any different that normal, according to a new Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey.

One in 10 people polled said it was a good winter, and 40 per of respondents said they didn't feel any better or worse than normal.

However, half of those surveyed said the weather was unusually bad in their part of the country.

Ontarians complained at a higher rate than everyone else -- 65 per cent said it was unusually brutal. Those in Manitoba and Saskatchewan seemed the most accustomed to the harsh climes, with 75 per cent saying it was just another blustery winter like every other year.

In conducting the poll, 1,000 Canadians were surveyed between March 6 and March 9. The poll is considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


JB said...

"Ontarians complained at a higher rate than everyone else" if this is somehow
b)surprising in any way.
They also probably didn't survey any Ontarians north of Markham, either.

Newsguy Bob said...

Don't believe everything you hear on television or from a TV website.

Hey, wait a minute!...

Jerome said...

You seem to be working very hard to alienate those around you.

Well, me anyway.

Misster Kitty said...

Not at all. I made you a promise and I'm just working on making it come true!


funny how he said we "need" so many more inches of snow...
we don't "need" any!!
we don't want any!!!
they didn't call me for that survey, now, did they???
oh!! maybe i should plug in the phone...

Misster Kitty said...

But we do NEED the snow. You know how sometimes you don't know what you need, but you need it!

And besides... like cough syrup... sometimes we don't like it, but we DO need it!


i disagree, & said so on "ticklebear". pity i didn't have the time to create an appropriate pic, but i did describe you in such a would have been a great concept...
if i get the time, i'll pull something off!!


i've set those blue eyes in a new context...