Clara Ouellette

Warm weather trend expected to continue

After two months of typical winter weather, an unusual warm spike turned Red Deer in February into a veritable tropical paradise. Those worried about an early melt need not be concerned, as March and April are some of the wettest months.

After two months of typical winter weather, an unusual warm spike turned Red Deer in February into a veritable tropical paradise.

Those worried about an early melt need not be concerned, as March and April are some of the wettest months.

Dan Kulak, Environment Canada climatologist, said Calgary had its second warmest recorded February this year, but couldn’t provide where the month ranked for Red Deer.

But, he noted it was a full 3.9 degrees warmer than is seasonable.

“The highest temperature recorded in February was 8.4 C on Feb. 5,” said Kulak. “Of all days, it was very early on in the month. “This is pretty wide ranging. Calgary had a monthly temperate of 1.4 C.”

In February, the average temperature was -5.2 C while the normal for the month is -9.1 C.

Kulak said the standard deviation, a measure used to quantify variation from the mean, was one full point.

According to Environment Canada December, January and February are considered the winter months. In December, the average recorded temperature, from nighttime lows to daytime highs, was -10.4 C and the normal is -10 C. This was followed by an average temperature in January of -10.9 C with a normal of -11.6 C.

“I’m actually surprised December was so cold,” said Kulak.

Kulak said Environment Canada is predicting the warm weather will continue, with above normal temperatures over the next three months.

Alberta’s soil moisture maps, available at www.agriculture.alberta.ca, show very little precipitation has fallen over the past month. However, there is still some measured soil moisture in rural Central Alberta.

Environment Canada is predicting slightly above normal precipitation between March and May.

“March is one of the more popular months for snow, February is one of the drier months,” said Kulak. “It’s getting back into that transition time of the year and when it gets into April we’ll get dumps of snow overnight, that’s spring in Alberta.”

According to Environment Canada, the average snowfall in Feberuary is 12.9 cms and 20.4 cms in March.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer songwriter draws on winter, childhood to write Games closing ceremonies song

Kayla Williams is excited to perform ‘Something Right’ March 2 at the Centrium.

House in Calgary destroyed in fire following apparent explosion, officials say

CALGARY — A house was destroyed when a fire broke out following… Continue reading

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A group of Canadian missionaries who were trapped in Haiti… Continue reading

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie… Continue reading

Still-active human rights case speaks to lasting homophobia in Canada: activists

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Just over 14 years ago, the government of… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A Canadian couple who had to leave Haiti due to… Continue reading

Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Cabinet expected to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

OTTAWA — Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government this week… Continue reading

South African activists try to protect endangered pangolins

JOHANNESBURG — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday,… Continue reading

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt, B.C.

Greg and Gerry Latham spent Friday morning scrambling to pack up family… Continue reading

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual assault: British newspaper

LONDON — A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an… Continue reading

Most Read