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March 04, 2010 10:58 ET

The Weather Network's Spring Outlook: Weather Roller Coaster Normal for This Time of Year

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - The Weather Network's spring outlook is calling for near normal conditions across much of the country, with above normal temperatures dominating the early part of the season for Western and Northern Canada.

"Spring weather across most of the country can seem like a roller coaster," says Chris Scott, Forecast Operations Manager with The Weather Network. "It's all about the sun this time of the year as it packs a greater energy punch than in the fall. Until mid-April, many regions are still susceptible to winter's bite when clouds and precipitation prevent the sun from heating the ground. We often see the temperature roller coaster right through to the Victoria Day holiday in May, so Canadians shouldn't worry when those cooler days happen, it's normal for this time of year."

Regional Breakdown

British Columbia: The weakening El Niño will continue to affect British Columbia, bringing above normal temperatures to the west coast. Most southwestern areas of the province can expect below normal precipitation.

Prairies: Near normal temperatures and precipitation to dominate the region. Slightly above normal precipitation is expected for Southeast Saskatchewan and Southwest Manitoba.

Ontario and Quebec: Near normal temperatures and precipitation for most of Ontario and Quebec. Slightly below normal temperatures are forecast for sections of Southern Ontario and below normal precipitation for the Central Great Lakes region.

Atlantic Canada: Near normal temperatures and precipitation for the Atlantic Provinces. Above normal temperatures are expected for Labrador and most of Newfoundland.

Northern Canada: Above normal temperatures are expected to dominate the region. Below normal precipitation is forecast for Central and Western Nunavut.

A Look Back

The winter months across Canada have been greatly affected by the presence of El Niño conditions in the Equatorial Pacific waters. The warmer water in the central and eastern Pacific, typical of El Niño, affects global weather patterns with one of the results being the warm conditions seen in British Columbia throughout February. Another major impact has been the record breaking snowfall in the Northeastern United States, while most of Southern Ontario and Quebec recorded far below normal snowfall. This is due to the jet stream, which propels storm systems across the country, staying further south as a result of El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean. El Niño is beginning to weaken which will aid in bringing the jet stream back to a typical pattern by the end of spring.

Spring Programming

Spring programming on The Weather Network returns March 29th, with Lawn and Garden reports and continued accurate and reliable weather coverage. Visit theweathernetwork.com for the summer camp forecast and know whether to pack sunscreen or a sweater with your child. If travelling this spring, look online for a new and improved Highway Conditions Forecast to help make travel plans. While away from home, Canadians can use their Smartphone to visit theweathernetwork.com for access to valuable travel information such as road conditions and Flight Tracker and download WeatherEye Mobile for the latest weather forecasts on the go.

For more information about The Weather Network's spring outlook, visit theweathernetwork.com or tune in on cable or satellite.

A complete regional breakdown of the spring forecast has been provided below.

The Weather Network's Spring 2010 Forecast
     
Region Temperature outlook Precipitation outlook
     
British Columbia Above normal Below normal for coastal and interior BC. Near normal elsewhere.
Alberta Near normal across the province. Near normal.
Saskatchewan Near normal. Near normal for most of the province.  Above normal in the southeast.
Manitoba Near normal. Near normal for most of the province.  Above normal in the southwest.
Ontario Slightly below normal for Southern Ontario. Near normal elsewhere. Expect drier than normal conditions around the central Great Lakes region. Near normal elsewhere.
Québec Near normal for most of the province.  Above normal for northeastern areas of the province. Near normal across the province.
The Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador Near normal for the Maritimes. Above normal for most of Newfoundland and Labrador. Near normal across the region.
Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut Above normal for most of the Territories. Below normal for central and western Nunavut, near normal for Yukon and Northwest Territories.

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