Don't fear Winnipeg's coming winter, says Dave Phillips

While last year's record-breaking cold is still on the minds of shell-shocked Winnipeggers as summer winds down, there is no need to fear the coming season of snow.
A man walks past the CBC building in Winnipeg on Jan. 3, 2014, bundled against the cold. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

While last year's record-breaking cold is still on the minds of shell-shocked Winnipeggers as summer winds down, there is no need to fear the coming season of snow.

At least that's what Environment Canada's senior climatologist David Phillips says — even though the Farmer's Almanac has a different outlook.

The almanac, which has annually published weather forecasts for 196 years, predicts another cold and long winter.

Phillips, however, says other weather models don't agree.

“There will be moments you'll wish you were somewhere else but my sense is that the character of this particular winter coming up will not be nearly as brutal as it was last year,” he said.

He forecasts September to be slightly cooler than normal while October could be a little warmer than normal.

“So you're not going to keep away the frost. I'm sure it will be there before the pumpkin arrives," he said.

"But hey, I think the fall looks decent. You may just have to be a little patient, which you've been doing for the past 11 months [in Manitoba]."

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