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Did Sheila Arrive Early?
I posed this question last night on Here & Now... Do you think this past weekend storm was Sheila's Brush? I know, I know, it's only March 9th... but here are a few facts for you.
1) Sheila's Brush is of course the big Winter Storm that hits Eastern Newfoundland every year around St. Patrick's Day. The Storm is usually considered that last big one of the Winter.
2) St. Patrick's Day is next just around the corner... next Wednesday the 17th.
3) This has been a CRAZY winter with a lack of Snow and Warm temperatures.
PAST 5 YEARS
Here's a look at the Past 5 Years and when Sheila's Brush moved in.
2009- March 21st. 28 cm in St. John's and Gander had 24 cm.
2008- March 17-19th. St. John's had 58 cm of Snow! Gander had 57 cm of Snow. Gander also got hit just days before 64 cm of Snow on the 13th and 14th... so it was a double whammy.
2007- March 29th-30th. Gander gets 20 cm while St. John's only gets less than 5. However St. John's had 14 cm just a few days earlier. You have to go all the way back to Feb 23-24th to find a Big Snowfall for St. John's in the weird year of 07.
2006- March 27-29th. St. John's sees 32 cm of Snow. Gander lands 27 cm.
2005- March 30-31st. St. John's gets 18 cm of Snow and 60 mm of Rain. Gander gets 63 cm!!!
So there's no doubt the numbers show, this past weekend storm was WAY too early to be Sheila. But again you never know. This winter has been one of the warmest we've seen in decades... it will be really interesting to see how it all plays out. Especially considering we do appear to have something brewing for early next week.
NEXT WEEK SYSTEM
A quick update on our potential (Sheila) system for early next week.
-The Canadian model is still bringing the system in on late Sunday and into Monday. It's taking the centre of the system waaayyy to the West and wrapping nothing but warm air and rain into Newfoundland and even Southeastern Labrador.
Again, I'll keep you updated.