Spring Arrives a Month Early Where I Live

Here it is the middle of March and the weather-people are forecasting the arrival of spring:

The normal high for this time of year is -2°C, below the freezing point of water. This heat wave will destroy the snow-cover and increase the rate of ground-heating putting an end to winter. There is still a possibility of a cold wave and a late winter storm but that will not last long.

This has been the warmest winter of my life, with temperatures often several standard deviations above normal. Environment Canada disagrees but they assume I never went to the Arctic… They count 1998 and 1987 as warmer winters. I was in the north in 1998 with weeks of -40C weather and I don’t believe 1987. I shovelled a lot of snow that year. This year, I have only cleared a few cm of snow a few times with my snow-blower. 😉

This heat wave is good for me. I may get a month longer growing season for my soon-to-be-planted yard. Others, like the polar bears which feed on seals from the ice, won’t like it. It’s hard for Nature to please everyone.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Spring Arrives a Month Early Where I Live

  1. Well, if it’s warmer there and warmer here, it must be “global warming”…

  2. Glen says:

    Funny that I was just reading the Bureau of Meteorology
    for W.Austalia’s Seasonal Climate Summary for Perth.

    Here’s some snippets to warm you up!
    Rainfall: Very much above average; highest on record at some sites.
    Maximum temperature: Above average
    Minimum temperature: Very much above average; highest on record at some sites.

    The hottest spell for summer 2011/12 effected the city from 24 to 28 January, with daily maxima in the 35 to 43 °C range and all sites recording their hottest summer 2011/12 day during this period.
    Swanbourne observed its hottest day in 19 years of record with 43.1 °C on 26 January.

    Perth Metro’s mean daily maximum temperature for summer 2011/12 was 31.7 °C, 1.3 °C above the summer average of 30.4 °C, and the 4th warmest summer since records commenced in 1897.

    …and this is the last three days 38.9°C 39.5°C 41°C
    with 37° tomorrow.
    I’m melting…..

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