One of the mot popular phrases in the world is Global Warming these days. Everything is at fault due to Global Warming, higher gas prices, housing, increase in taxes aka implementations of carbon taxes in Canada etc. As we have no facts in front of us and can’t get hold of those facts, residents of Ontario can certainly feel the extreme drop in temperatures this week.
This surreal event forces Ontario residents to switch from AC to heating their homes, from wearing shorts and fliflops to wearing winter boots and winter jackets. Temperatures in Ontario have dropped in just one day from 25-30 degrees celsius to 2-6 degrees celsius! How is this abnormal drop in temperatures possible and what is behind this unusual event?
Polar Vortex Hitting Ontario
From record July heat to freezing temperatures with a chance of snow, Ontario is experiencing quite a difference over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. As we are in the middle of the Thanksgiving long weekend, according to weather network, a sliver of the polar vortex locked in a deep trough is driving that change, with snowfall potential for some and rain for others, as well as temperatures 8-12 degrees below average.
Temperatures will dip below freezing over the northeast by Sunday and Monday, converting persistent rain into a rain/snow mix from Sudbury to Kapuskasing and the higher elevations of Algonquin.
According to Instant Weather Inc., Southern and Central Ontario may see the first snowflakes of the season, with accumulations of two to six centimetres possible in places like Algonquin Park, Sundridge, and Huntsville. The remainder of Central Ontario, including Parry Sound, Bracebridge, Haliburton, Bancroft, Pembroke, and Renfrew, can expect a few flakes but no significant accumulation.
According to Instant Weather Inc, locations north of Sudbury, such as Timmins and Englehart, might see substantial snowfall—up to 30 centimetres. However, it is expected that some of the flurries may evaporate before reaching the ground, leaving a ten to twenty centimetre snow accumulation.
The Weather Network also predicts lake-effect precipitation and the possibility of funnel clouds and waterspouts during the weekend.
Meteorologists attribute the region’s unusual weather characteristics to the interaction of the colder Arctic air mass and the Great Lakes.
So get you winter clothing out of the closet because you’ll need it possibly for the rest of the year as Farmers Almanac predicts.
Farmers Almanac Prediction
This year’s winter weather will be harsh, with a ton of snow falling across Canada. In most of the True North, a “winter whiteout” is predicted by The Farmers’ Almanac.
“Canadians should expect oodles of fluffy white throughout the season,” states the forecast, “from the Atlantic seaboard to Arctic shores to the Pacific Coast — in almost every nook and cranny that typically sees snow.” This will be accompanied by temperatures that are at or below average for the time of year.
Cold, snowy weather is predicted for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut, Ontario, and the Northwest Territories. With near- or above-normal snowfall and rainfall, southern portions of British Columbia should expect drier winter conditions.
Whoever is or was sceptical of wintery predictions for Ontario and Canada, these Thanksgiving Long Weekend temperatures definitely could convince many to prepare for cold and long winter.
Perhaps it is too early to declare end of Global Warming, yet Ontario residents certainly don’t want to hear about this famous phrase any longer, or at least for the remainder of 2023.