Astonishing 90% of Canada still covered in snow

Record-breaking snowpack in some areas.

The snow extent in southern Ontario as we trudge through the third week of April is “most extraordinary,” says meteorologist Tyler Hamilton.

There’s “tons of snow in New Brunswick and up towards Labrador,” says Hamilton. “That’s expected.” But what’s not expected is the vast amounts of snow in southern Ontario. A lot of snow in Alberta.

Record amounts of snowfall in some of the lower elevations in the interior of B.C. were observed during this winter season. The peaks surrounding the Okanogan have a healthy snowpack reserve, while the North Shore towards the Lower Mainland also feature healthy snow conditions for mid-April as well.

Additionally, six percent of the Great Lakes are covered by ice, whereas “barely a sliver of ice remained (0.4 per cent) exactly one year ago.”

Thanks to T McMurphy for this link

9 thoughts on “Astonishing 90% of Canada still covered in snow”

  1. I had a Lib brother. Facts and figures meant nothing to him. Want to change GW crowd? Forget it!

  2. We have had a late Spring in the UK too, with March being very cold due to easterly winds from Siberia.
    At the moment the winds are blowing from the SOUTH , bringing warm air northwards over the country.
    So the Spring has arrived at last over the last week.

    • I find these “official” explanations of the cause of El Niño/La Niña unbelievable.

      “Here’s how it works.

      During normal conditions, trade winds, which blow from east to west, push warm surface waters towards Asia, piling it up in the western Pacific.”

      We all know Earth rotates about it axis. The land masses and oceans rotate from west to east as does the atmosphere.

      However the atmosphere lags the land and oceans and, aside from other effects, the predominant “trade winds” “blow” from east to west. This is illusion because the atmosphere is moving slower than the land or ocean masses which are significantly more dense than the atmosphere – hence it appears the wind is blowing from the east.

      To my mind the only effect the atmosphere could have in the tropical Pacific is some sort of “friction” on the shallow surface waters.

      “In some years though, the trade winds weaken. The warm surface water moves eastward and reduces upwelling of cold water off the coast of South America. Climatologists call this El Niño. Its climate impacts show up mostly in the wintertime over North America.”

      How realistic is this ?

      How about the “ring of fire” exists along the eastern Pacific, we all know volcanic activity is cyclical with pressure build up and release, and it is this that drives El Niño/La Niña cycles ?

      They don’t call it the “Ring of Fire” for nothing – it is one of the most active continuous belts of seismic activity known.

      It seems far more plausible that active volcanic activity causes the warm water off the west coast of the Americas. This causes extra uplift of the atmosphere which gives the illusion of weakening trade winds and easily explains why the upwelling water is warmer.

      It also explains how warm water moves westward against the normal tendency for the ocean to follow the Earth’s rotation. As the warmer water is uplifted and is forced against the continent it must move westwards.

      I find the “official” explanation of the El Niño/La Niña cycle unconvincing and I’ll back underwater volcanism any day.

      It explains the source of the extra energy, in addition to the power of the solar radiation, which disrupts the “normal” state of affairs. Once the pressure buildup is relieved cooler conditions return as the vents either cease or reduce the heated magma discharges into the seas close to the continents until the pressure builds again over several years for the next series of underwater eruptions and so on.

      I could be wrong but I find their explanation totally unconvincing.

        you can look at waves wind sea temps and a whole lot more
        massive tidal forces move waters around, the wind would have an affect also think the huge storm wave surges, undersea volcanics sure do have a part to play thats not been accounted for enough i agree.
        thing is the sea surface tem differentials from indian n pacific DO tie in well with the la n el events.
        recently the went to clsoer to 0.5 la nina and that was the few weeks we saw decent cyclones and rain events up nth aus.
        it swunbg back sharply a few days later and th damned rains have near ceased
        add the rotten updraft from antarctica weve had for months that keeps pushing the rain/damp air/clouds upwards and see why sydney nsw east coast etc got the rain that lower east sth east aus is not getting;-(

        • Not disputing anything about El Niño or La Niña other than the lame “official” explanation of the winds causing the events. The oceans have a density of ~1000 kg per cubic metre whilst air has ~1.2 kg per cubic metre.

          You need hurricane force winds to whip up decent ocean currents.

          I think the changes in the winds are the CONSEQUENCES of an El Niño or La Niña event NOT the CAUSE.

          As I said – I could be wrong but I find their explanation totally unconvincing.

      • The atmosphere and the oceans and in fact everything revolves on the surface of the earth at the same speed (ignoring weather that is) , the speed of rotation of the globe , there is no differential speed between dense and less dense entities generated on earth due to rotation simply because there is no overall acceleration involved and therefore a differential speed between systems does not happen . There is the Coriolis effect but that just bends an already generated flow path.
        Nearly all air movement (wind) and weather on earth is caused by differential heating of the oceans and the atmosphere causing differences in air pressure between hot places and cold places all powered by the sun .

  3. This is how ice ages begin – with more record snowfall each year.
    Now if this were the Washington Post, they would blame it on “Climate Change” caused by too many Americans turning on their 15 watt porchlights at night and charging their cellphones. They would claim that we are heating up the oceans because of this! Any surprises anymore?

  4. Rosco, if the trade winds blew East to West due to the atmosphere’s lagging behind earth’s spin, then we could have winds from only one direction and only at the rate of the “lag” you cite.

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