December 18, 2012
Christmas will be green for much of Canada: Forecasters
By QMI Agency
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Canadians in much of B.C., southern Ontario and Atlantic Canada are going to have to keep dreaming until next year, as the forecast suggests a snowy Dec. 25 is not in the cards.
Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips says that although 95% of the country, geographically speaking, is going to be blanketed with snow on Christmas Day, at least one-third of Canadians won't see snow next Tuesday.
"On the Prairies it'll be a white Easter," Phillips said. "There's so much snow there they're not going to get rid of it."
But for B.C.'s Lower Mainland, Ontario from Windsor to Peterborough, Nova Scotia and much of Atlantic Canada, forecasts call for above-zero temperatures and rain over the next few days, Phillips said. Ottawa and Montreal may come through with a white Christmas at the last minute, he said.
Environment Canada defines a white Christmas as 2 cm or more of snow on the ground at 7 a.m. EST on Dec. 25.
The weather agency analyzed 57 years of weather records for 39 cities across the country to determine each centre's chance of having a white Christmas.
Only four cities -- Iqaluit, Kenora, Ont., Whitehorse and Yellowknife -- have a 100% chance of having a white Christmas. And the chance of having a white Christmas has decreased over the years, largely because "we are just not as cold and snowy as we used to be," Phillips said.