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THE WARMEST & DRIEST CANADIAN WINTER

Hey folks,

Although they still have a few more numbers to crunch... Environment Canada is already saying... this has been the Warmest and Driest Winter in Canada since record keeping began.

Environment Canada's Senior Climatologist David Phillips says on average from Coast to Coast to Coast, from December through February, average temperatures reached an record high while precipitation levels dropped to a record low. EC's weather data goes back 63 years.

Here's a look at a graphic the CBC Weather Centre in Toronto has put together this morning.

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You can see where most of the above average warmth was felt from Dec-Feb, through the North and into Quebec and Labrador. It's not really surprising to any of us in this Province, given the fact we've been talking about the crazy temperatures in Labrador since November.

NO SEA ICE

As we talked about a few weeks ago, all this warm weather has had massive impacts on the sea ice. From the Gulf to the North Atlantic to the Labrador Sea, officials are saying they haven't seen conditions like this in over 70 years.

Here are the latest ice charts.

You can see the big time lack of Ice in the Gulf...
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And around the Island...
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Up the Coast of Labrador there is some ice along the Coast... but not much into the Labrador Sea.
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This graphic may show it best... the Departure from Normal Ice Map.
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It's little wonder the Seal Hunt is in jeopardy this year.

Ryan

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