Manitoba

How common are these frigid Winnipeg temperatures?

With a bombardment of news coverage about dead car batteries, interruptions in mail delivery, inoperable trains due to frozen equipment and homeless shelters bursting at the seams it can be easy to lose sight of just how common these conditions are in Winnipeg.

CBC crunches the numbers on these cold temperatures

Winnipeggers will be wrapping and layering against the cold over the next few days. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

On Friday Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning advisory as temperatures dipped below -30 C in Winnipeg.

With a bombardment of news coverage about dead car batteries in need of a boost, interruptions in mail delivery, inoperable trains due to frozen equipment and homeless shelters bursting at the seams, it can be easy to lose sight of just how common these conditions are in Winnipeg.

Historical weather data from Environment Canada shows that since 1999 the temperature has dipped below -25 C an average of 14 times per year.

While 2017, will be below average (10 days colder than -25 C so far), 2008 registered 33 days where the temperatures dipped below -25 C.

During the winter of 2013-14, when thousands of Winnipeggers were waterless due to frozen water pipes, the temperature dipped below -25 C on 37 occasions.

Each coloured square in the chart below represents a day in the year where the temperature dipped below -25 C at The Forks.

Calculations and visualisations by CBC data journalist Roberto Rocha.

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