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November 25, 2009 10:27 ET

The Weather Network's Winter Outlook: El Nino to Dominate Canadian Weather Patterns

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2009) - The Weather Network's winter outlook is calling for El Nino to strengthen to moderate levels as water temperatures continue to increase in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. The expected El Nino conditions are forecast to have a considerable impact on temperatures and precipitation across Canada.

As a result of the moderate El Nino, much of Western Canada can expect above normal temperatures for the season. Precipitation for Western Canada is trending to be near normal for most areas with Southeast British Columbia and Southern Alberta experiencing drier than normal conditions.

"A moderate strength El Nino generally has more influence on the weather patterns in Western Canada than in eastern portions of the country, increasing the odds of a milder than normal winter across much of the West," said Chris Scott, Forecast Operations Manager with The Weather Network. "As the winter progresses, our forecast team expects the jet stream to bring fewer storms to the British Columbia coast as the active weather shifts towards California."

Regional Breakdown
British Columbia: The province will experience above normal temperatures for the season. Precipitation will be near normal for the province with the exception of the southeast.

Prairies Provinces: Near normal precipitation for most of the Prairie Provinces with above normal temperatures for most of Alberta and southern areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Ontario & Quebec: Most residents of Ontario and Quebec can look for the winter months to be near normal with small pockets experiencing less than normal precipitation and above normal temperatures.

Atlantic Canada: Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island are forecast to see higher than normal precipitation due to an active Atlantic storm track. Temperatures are forecast to average near normal for the entire region.

Territories: The warm trend on the west coast will extend into Yukon and Western Northwest Territories. Precipitation will be near normal with the exception of eastern regions of Nunavut.

Winter Programming
Beginning November 30th, The Weather Network's winter programming will return with the popular Highway Conditions and Flu Report. The Weather Network's team of broadcasters and 40 meteorologists are actively monitoring the El Nino conditions. This team will also monitor winter storms and provide Canadians with the latest weather information available to prepare them for their winter activities and travel plans.

With the goal of keeping Canadians safe this winter, The Weather Network will also begin offering, in conjunction with the popular Highway Conditions report, a highway forecast report. The enhanced Highway Conditions report will provide viewers with a forecast of the expected highway conditions for the morning and afternoon rush.

"We are very excited to be able to offer this new feature to Canadians," said Mitch Charron, Vice-President, Television Division of The Weather Network. "Along with keeping Canadians informed of what to expect weather-wise, it also shows our commitment to providing the most accurate and reliable weather and weather related information available to Canadians."

For a more information about The Weather Network's winter forecast, visit or tune in on television or satellite.

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

RegionTemperature outlookPrecipitation outlook
British ColumbiaAbove seasonal.Near normal for most of the province. Below normal for the southeast interior.
AlbertaAbove normal for most of the province.Near normal for most of the province. Drier than normal in the south.
SaskatchewanNear normal for most of the province. Above normal in the southern half of the province.Near normal for most of the province.
ManitobaNear normal for most of the province. Above normal in the southern half of the province.Near normal for the province.
OntarioAbove normal for Northwestern Ontario. Near normal for the rest of the province.Near normal. Exception will be the extreme southwest, where drier than normal conditions will prevail.
QuebecNear normal for the province.Wetter than normal for extreme Eastern Quebec. Below normal for Northern Quebec.
Atlantic CanadaNear normal for the region.Wetter than normal for Newfoundland, Cape Breton Island and southern Labrador.
Yukon, Northwest Territories, NunavutAbove normal for Yukon and the western half of the Northwest Territories. Near normal for Nunavut.Near normal for Yukon, Northwest Territories and the western half of Nunavut. Drier than normal for eastern portions of Nunavut.

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