#1 - The winter that overstayed its arrival; what a difference a year makes!
|Early April 2012 vs. 2013.. budding trees in 2012; still shoveling in 2013|
Out west it was even colder than Winnipeg with Brandon recording its coldest April on record since records began in 1890. The average mean of -3.5°C broke the old record set in 1893 by 0.6 degrees! Spring there ended up 3rd coldest and coldest since 1907. Remarkably, this follows the 2nd warmest spring last year.
However, the story was more the consistency of the cold weather, rather than how extreme the cold was. Not a single record low was broken in Winnipeg. Instead, a remarkable 47-consecutive days of below normal temperatures occurred.
Numerous milestones were reached when it comes to temperatures:
- Only 2 days exceeded 0°C in March, tying with 3 other years for 3rd least since 1872. Normally we'd see 16 days above 0°C in March.
- Did not reach first 5°C of the year until April 24, the latest on record. This beat the old record by more than a week! Normal is February 25.
- Did not reach first 10°C of the year until April 26, 2nd latest on record. Normal is April 1.
- Low of -20.2°C April 9 was the coldest in April since 1997 and tied 3rd latest occurrence of -20°C. Latest was April 12, 1881.
Other impressive milestones when it comes to snow were set:
- Average snow depth of 48 cm in March, 3rd deepest since records began in 1955. Normal is 14 cm.
- Average snow depth of 24.7 cm in April, 2nd deepest on record. Normal is just 2 cm!
- We had the deepest winter snow pack for so late in the season on 4 occasions (April 22, 23, 24 and 25)
- Winter snow pack (excluding trace cm as winter snow pack) lasted 168 days from Nov 10, 2012 to Apr 26, 2013 (46% of a full year)! This was the 3rd longest lasting winter snow pack since 1955. Normal is 119 days.