PEI

Charlottetown snow records shattered this week

If it seems like there is a lot snow on the ground on P.E.I. for early December, that's because there is.

Previous records were set in 1989

These sorts of struggles are unusual for the end of November. (Laura Meader/CBC)

If it seems like there is a lot snow on the ground on P.E.I. for early December, that's because there is.

In fact, there has been a record amount of snow on the ground. Charlottetown Airport broke records on both Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Previously, the snowiest end of November/start of December was in 1989. Those records for Nov. 27-29 stand, but 29 centimetres is a new record for Nov. 30 (17 in 1989) as is 32 for Dec. 1 (19 in 1989).

None of the storms this week broke snowfall records on their own, but in combination they have. Three storms brought snow to the Island in the space of five days, and the amount of snow was a surprise to everyone.

"Two of the three [storms] had forecasters scratching their heads on their final tracks, but gave credence to the fact that Mother Nature has a mind of her own," said CBC weather specialist Kevin "Boomer" Gallant.

The early season snow, wet and heavy, has also created challenges for Maritime Electric, which has struggled all week to keep the power on.

About the Author

Kevin Yarr is the early morning web journalist at CBC P.E.I. You can reach him at kevin.yarr@cbc.ca.

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