On track for whitest Christmas ever

Dustin Gill
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David Phillips, the senior climatologist for Environment Canada, has good news and bad news for Moose Javians.

“The bad news is that winter officially arrives a week from (Friday),” said Phillips. “I’m really scratching the surface here to give you some good news, but not only are you going to assure yourself of a white Christmas, probably a white Easter too, but also that a week from today we can say that the days are going to start getting longer.”

The winter solstice on Dec. 21 heralds in the official season of winter, and with it the days get longer, but along with this bit of “good news" comes some old folklore wisdom, said Phillips.

“As the days lengthen, the cold strengthens," he said. "So we know we’re still probably a month away until we reach the coldest moment, but we need to get buoyed by that fact that everyday after next Friday we’re going to see more daylight.”

Philips said that so far the Moose Jaw area has seen around 60 cm of snowfall with 25 cm still on the ground, “the most you’ve ever had on this day in history,” he said.

He also said that if we hold on to the snow we have now, we’re just eight centimeters away from having the highest recorded snowfall for this time of year in history, which was 33 cm on the ground in 1964.

“So not quite they’re yet, but give it time. You’ve got a week to go and you might just break that record,” said Phillips. “We want to be able to brag to our grandchildren that we survived the winter of 2012, and you possibly could see that winter and cheer for the whitest Christmas ever, but come Boxing Day wish for it to be gone.”

For the rest of this story pick up the Weekend Edition of the Times-Herald

Organizations: Environment Canada, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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