Sault Ste Marie – Latest spring in recorded history

“We are in uncharted territory for winter snow remaining,” say meteorologist Jerry Shields. These are “historic numbers.”

When looking at the historical records for the Sault, it is interesting to note that the most snow on the ground for April 19 and 20 is around 20cm, recorded back in 1972.

“With the current winter storm and an existing snowpack near 40cm its likely that by the end of this week, we will have more than these historic numbers. If this happens, it could be argued that we are in uncharted territory for winter snow remaining and a delay in the start of spring.

Snow tapers off the flurries Monday, with another 5-10cm of accumulation possible.

Thanks to Greg C for this link

“Sault Ste Marie, Ontario is located on the US border, across St Mary’s river from Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and not far from Minnesota and Wisconsin,” says Greg. “We moved away two years ago as we could no longer endure the ever-lengthening winters, with day after day of snow.”

“Now, a local weather forecaster states that this late spring and snow cover is unprecedented in recorded history!”

8 thoughts on “Sault Ste Marie – Latest spring in recorded history”

  1. I’m not surprised. We had snow and freezing rain in Barrie, Ontario in the last 3 days and that is after almost all of the snow disappearing. There is still ice cover on lake Simcoe. It feels like winter 2.0 and I think we will see winter like conditions well into May.

  2. Current snow water equivalent (SWE) across the U.S. and southern Canada:
    Current snow depth across the same region:
    Current snow anomaly from Rutgers University:
    24.7% of the continental U.S. is currently covered in snow as of 16/4/2018. “Well that’s not that much,” one might say—except that any snow has an albedo effect, reflecting more of the sun’s energy straight back into outer space and bypassing that nasty CO2 warming. The 90°W/45°N intersection lies in central Wisconsin not far from where I grew up, and the graphs above demonstrate just how far south the recent snowfall is. Remember that Antarctica’s ice cap extends almost to the 60°S parallel and is vital to moderating global solar gains through insolation during peak southern summer months. All this snow will melt, and will do so fairly rapidly, but there’s always the albedo effect until it does—and that’s pumping back tons of energy from the sun.

  3. Feels like Mother Nature has PMS around here (southeast VA)… no where near as cold as in this article and thank God no more snow, but we have had weeks now where we may have as much as 40 degrees (F) difference between the high and low… definately not what I expect for this time of the year.

    A few days ago had a high of 80 degrees F, but last night a low of 40 F, with heavy rains and wind last Sunday (but at least we didn’t get hit with tornados, unlike NC). Everything is growing, plants poking their heads up, leaves starting to come out etc, but then the cold wet rain & heavy winds are taking a toll.

    And the BUGS!! Got an early batch of “May” flies (i.e., bugs from hell)… I had spent a few hours in my garden the other day and now am covered with itchy welts on my scalp, neck, arms and back of my waste. I had a heck of a time falling asleep last night… even using anti-itch cream and then antihistamine, nothing worked and it’s driving me nuts. Makes me think of all the reports of dive -bomber sized mosquitoes and other bugs in Alaska and other parts to the far north.

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