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.