Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 06, 2008 14:32 ET

Environment Canada's Spring Forecast

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Environment Canada is predicting that much of Western Canada will experience colder temperatures this spring season. Eastern Canada should experience near-normal temperatures. The prediction is found in Environment Canada's Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Outlook for March, April and May 2008, which was released today.

The highlights from the Outlook are:

Temperatures are expected to be below normal over much of Western and Northern Canada, but Central and Eastern Canada should experience near-normal temperatures.

(Above normal or below normal means a difference of one degree Celsius or so from the average seasonal temperature for most of Canada. The average temperatures can be found on Environment Canada's Weather Office Web site in the climatology section.)

A map of the Temperature forcasts is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/eca_map.pdf

No clear indicators were noted for the seasonal precipitation forecast for this upcoming spring. However, below-normal precipitation is the more likely outcome over the Arctic and above-normal precipitation is possible over the rest of Canada.

The Seasonal Outlook can be beneficial to specialized users as it offers advance notice of possible conditions. For example, it allows energy companies to plan ahead for the future requirements of their clients for the upcoming season, which could also influence the energy market prices.

As the accuracy of long-range forecasts varies from region to region and from season to season, Canadians should consult the Skills Maps for further information on the seasonal forecast and should also rely on Environment Canada's five-day forecast regularly for the latest weather information in the near future.

Because weather can vary from one year to the next due to natural variability, it is difficult to attribute these cooler-than-normal temperatures to a specific cause.

For more information on the Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Outlook, please visit: http://www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/saisons/index_e.html.

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