- Just as we're attempting to prepare for fall, the Farmer's Almanac drops the winter forecast on us.
- Here's what we can expect in Quebec as autumn falls away and winter begins.
I know, I know. It feels like just yesterday we were telling you what kind of weather we can expect this fall in Quebec and then, bang!
Here we are already telling you what kind of weather we can expect this winter in Quebec.
Well, let me start off by saying, no, I am not a meteorologist. So, please, take your qualms up with those who are doing the predicting if you don't like what comes next.
I'm just here to pass the information along and make the process as smooth as possible. How, you may ask, could I ever do that?
Well, hopefully by infecting you with my own perverse excitement for winter in Quebec. Perhaps this raises questions as well... like, "who in God's good graces would ever be excited about winter at the end of August?"
To which I would say touché, and also remind you that I did call this excitement perverse already, because I know that something is wrong with me but I just can't help it. I love the seasons in Canada and I get excited about every single one as if I'm experiencing it for the first time like some kind of fresh baby alien, right off the ship.
Perversions aside, the seasons in Quebec and across Canada are one of the things we probably most take for granted in our day-to-day life... Because we're so used to complaining about the weather we don't often stop to think about how lucky we are to have such variety in our lives.
And especially lucky for us, it looks like this winter in Quebec is going to be quite bearable, if the Farmer's Almanac is correct.
The predictions for Southern Quebec indicate that temperatures should remain "near normal" for the Eastern parts of the region and even a little above normal for the Western parts of the region.
As long as it's not below normal, we're good, right?
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The Almanac also mentions a handful of cold snaps that are expected to occur throughout the winter season. They mention:
- early to mid- and late December (doesn't that just sound like all of December?)
- early to mid- and late January (again... the whole month?)
- early and late February (because... it's the shortest winter month?)
So it's going to be cold. What else is new. But the exciting news for all of you with a driveway to shovel: "Precipitation will be above normal, with snowfall generally below normal."
This phrasing makes me worry about those icy sidewalks, though.
The Almanac goes on to mention that Quebec should expect, "rain, freezing rain, and sleet throughout the season."
They also note that Quebec in particular should prepare for another wintery Spring, with "snow showers into mid-March."
For all you snow bunnies out there, the snowiest periods are anticipated to be late November, early and mid-December, mid-January, mid- to late February and late March.
April and May will be cool again in 2020 (umm, how weird is THAT to type).
Below is a graph indicating the average temperature and precipitation between November of this year and October of next year.
While all of this may seem a little far off to worry about, it will be cool to look back and see how close their predictions were to the truth...
They have been doing it since 1792, after all.
Read the full forecast here.