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#Coldest February On Record In #Vancouver, #Canada

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While Metro Vancouver saw a great deal of snow this February, the snowfall wasn’t the most exceptional component of last month’s weather.

In fact, February 2019 was the coldest February on record in Metro Vancouver since the records began in 1937. Not only did the month see some frigid temperatures, but they also persisted throughout the month.

Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Matt MacDonald, Meteorologist, Environment Canada, who explained just how the chilly the month was.

“We typically see around seven days in the double digits during the month of February,” he described. “We didn’t have a single day above 10 degrees this month.”

MacDonald also noted that the month usually sees about nine nights below zero degrees, but that this month had a whopping 22 nights below zero degrees.

“February’s average was 0.4 degrees, which makes it the coldest month on record at YVR. Previously, 1989 held the record with 0.8 degrees. Prior to that the coldest year was 1949 with 1.1 degrees.”

MacDonald added that the average temperature for February is 4.9 degrees, which is markedly warmer.

“We saw an interesting weather pattern this month. Three or four arctic fronts pushed down into the region, which we don’t typically see. As a result, we’ve had persistently frigid temperatures – it wasn’t just a few cold days.”

Coldest February

MacDonald adds that another arctic front will move into the region this weekend, which will bring more glacial weather with it. He notes that the chilly temperatures should persist until March 10 or March 11. However, he expects that temperatures should warm up following this.

Although February saw the coldest temperatures to date, it also saw some of the greatest amounts of snowfall. In fact, 31.2 cm of snowfall was recorded at YVR, making it the eighth snowiest February on record.

The snowiest February on record was in 1949 with 60.7 cm, followed by 1937 with 50.8 cm. Following this, 1990 had the third most snowfall with 45.4 cm.

Courtesy of vancouverisawesome.com

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#Coldest Snowstorm In More Than 100 Years In #Ottawa, #Canada

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Daytime temperature -24C combined with 30cm of snow has been reported at Ottawa Airport making this the coldest snowstorm in more than 100 years!

Cold and snowstorms do typically go hand in hand, and while it can’t actually be ‘too cold to snow’*, heavy snow is much harder to generate the lower the temperature drops. By the time you get into the -20s and -30s Celsius, heavy snow is fairly uncommon, but that’s not because it’s too cold; rather, it’s because the air is too dry. The amount of water vapour the air can hold decreases as the temperature goes down; so the colder it gets, the less moisture there is available to make snow. That’s also why you tend to see smaller snowflakes in colder weather, rather than big clumpy ones.

102-Year-Old Record Cold Broken In San Antonio, USA

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San Antonio reached a low of 23 degrees at the airport this morning, which tied for the fourth-coldest November low temperature on record. The only colder temperatures were recorded in 1976 and 1886, and both were later in the month.
 
The cold weather also broke daily records on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
“This shatters the old record low of 28 degrees set back in 1916,” the National Weather Service tweeted of Wednesday’s weather. Tuesday night just before midnight, the city hit 28 degrees, breaking the previous record of 29 set in 1907, records show.
 
Typically, November temperatures are significantly warmer. The average high for the month is about 71 degrees and the normal low is 51 degrees. San Antonio’s average low this year has been comparable to other years, but its average high, a cool 66.6 degrees, has been lower than normal.
 
Temperatures are forecast to sink again overnight Wednesday heading into Thursday with a forecast low of 33 Thursday morning, meteorologists said. Temperatures are then expected to climb steadily through Saturday before a cold front comes in Sunday bringing rain chances and more cool weather.
Courtesy of mysanantonio.com

Long-term weather forecast: ‘RECORD COLD’ temperatures on way as SOLAR MINIMUM begins

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In 2018, the Sun has been without sunspots for 190 – or 60 percent – of days (Image: GETTY)
In 2018, the Sun has been without sunspots for 190 – or 60 percent – of days, indicating the solar maximum could be over. And NASA scientists warn that the switch from maximum to minimum has been so extreme that Earth’s atmosphere could experience “record cold”. The Sun follows cycles of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum.
 
During a solar maximum, the Sun gives off more heat and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in magnetic waves.
 
Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center told CBN: “We see a cooling trend.
 
“High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy.
“If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.
 
“The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It’s one of the most important ways the solar cycle affects our planet.”
NASA’s states on its website: “All weather on Earth, from the surface of the planet out into space, begins with the Sun.
 
“Space weather and terrestrial weather (the weather we feel at the surface) are influenced by the small changes the Sun undergoes during its solar cycle.”
 
The space agency adds on its Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI) “a weather metric that tells us how the top of Earth’s atmosphere (or ‘thermosphere’) is responding to solar activity” that “the top of Earth’s atmosphere is approximately 10 times cooler than it was during the record-setting Solar Max of 1957-58.”
 
The Sun was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020, and if it is heading in early, it will mean a prolonged cold snap.
 
The last time there was a prolonged solar minimum, it led to a ‘mini ice-age’, scientifically known as the Maunder minimum – which lasted for 70 years.
 
The Maunder minimum, which saw seven decades of freezing weather, began in 1645 and lasted through to 1715, and happened when sunspots were exceedingly rare.
 
During this period, temperatures dropped globally by 1.3 degrees celsius leading to shorter seasons and ultimately food shortages.
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Long-term weather forecast: ‘RECORD COLD’ temperatures on way as SOLAR MINIMUM begins (Image: GETTY)
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