If it feels like this winter has been extra cold and extra snowy, the data suggests it may be.
This has been a historic season for Calgary in many ways, especially to start 2018.
The year started off normal. The January average for snowfall is about 15 centimetres and the city got 11.
However, CityNews meteorologist Andrew Schultz said we can’t say the same thing for February.
“It’s incredible; 14.5 centimetres is the monthly average when it comes to those snowfall totals and 43 centimetres is where we’re at, basically, right now. Incredible stuff,” he explained.
When it comes to temperatures, it’s also been much colder.
“It looks like about seven or eight days, very chilly in the month of February,” he said. “Historically dancing around zero to plus one for the daytime highs. 2018 the average daytime high was minus eight.”
Overnight lows have also been chilly. The normal is about minus 11 but Calgary has been approaching minus 20 more than a few times which is really pulling down that average.
Is this weather really that rare? Schultz said it absolutely is.
“It has been a case of having some spoilings, and we’ve had sometimes, winter, where we have – it seems — like Chinook, after Chinook, after Chinook,” he said. “That was not the case this February so far, we haven’t even put a cap on the month.”
But we only need to look back as far as December 2013 to find a similar month to what we’ve seen this February. Fifty-two centimetres of snow fell then, well above the average of 15.