I was getting anxious that it would never snow around here. Really! Winter is harsh, for sure, but manitoba is meant to experience cold weather. Some of my perennials ( maybe all of them?) need a good freeze in order to have a good growth season next year. We need the snow so it can melt in the Spring and quench the thirst of our parched land (the parts that weren't flooded, that is). Farewell to warm weather and rain. Time to dig out the wool clothing and snuggle in for the season.
Here is what the Farmer's Almanac has to say about what us Canadians can expect for 2012 winter (please, no rain in February!):
This will be a winter of “clime and punishment.” We are forecasting the upcoming winter will be cold to very cold, from Alberta east across Saskatchewan and Manitoba into western Ontario. Meanwhile, we predict temperatures will average above normal for much of Nova Scotia and, possibly, southern New Brunswick. Near-normal temperatures are expected elsewhere. A very active storm track will bring copious precipitation through the Great Lakes into central and eastern Ontario, Quebec, and much of the Maritimes. Another active storm track over the Pacific Ocean will guide systems into southern and central British Columbia and western Alberta, giving them a wetter-than-normal winter.
To see a more detailed long-range forecast for your area, pick up a copy of the 2012 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac today!