Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tranquil December ends with heavy snow

It seems like Mother Nature saved all of her December snow for the very end. A steady snow began in Winnipeg on Saturday the 30th around 3 pm, and continued through the night moderate to heavy at times before ending by 8 am Sunday morning the 31st. By the time it was over, some 25 to 30 cm of snow had fallen in the Winnipeg area.. with 29 cm at my location in Charleswood, and 32 cm at Winnipeg airport. Up until this storm, snow had been virtually absent this month in Winnipeg with some very minor snowfalls during the first half of the month totalling about 4 to 8 cm (7.8 cm at my location) In fact, prior to this snowfall, no snow was recorded at all in the city after the 16th. The snow will be welcome news for snowmobilers and snow enthusiasts who have been frustrated with a very meager snow season so far this year. Average December snowfall in Winnipeg is 20 cm, so this December will end up snowier than average.. a misleading statistic due to this one heavy snowfall at the very end of the month.

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