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May 28, 2009 08:00 ET

The Weather Network Summer Forecast: Typical Summer Weather Forecast for Most of Canada

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - The Weather Network expects warm summer days and a fairly typical summer ahead, according to their 2009 summer forecast. Canada's leading provider of weather information suggests that the lack of a strong El Nino or La Nina in the Pacific Ocean means that Canada should have its normal share of warm weather interrupted by occasional cool spells and thunderstorms.

"Our seasonal forecast team is predicting near to above normal temperatures across much of the country," says Chris Scott, Forecast Operations Manager with The Weather Network. "Summer precipitation is more challenging to predict because of the intense local nature of thunderstorms, but we do see the potential for drier than normal conditions in parts of the Prairies."

Temperatures are forecast to recover to near to above normal values after a cool and sometimes snowy spring across parts of the Prairies. The spring trend of warmer than normal temperatures for Southern Ontario and Quebec looks to continue for the summer months. Severe thunderstorms are common during the summer and as always, The Weather Network will be tracking localized thunderstorms as they develop. Additionally, The Weather Network's team of over 40 meteorologists and presenters will be covering the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th.

El Nino & La Nina

El Nino and La Nina are phases of the climate cycle called the El Nino/Southern Oscillation which describes the ocean and atmospheric patterns occurring in and over the equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Nino is characterized by warmer than normal sea-surface temperatures west of South America that endure for several seasons, where as La Nina represents the opposite cooler phase. Changes in water temperature across vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean cause disruptions in the trade winds and weather conditions. Both phenomena have a large impact on the jet stream and weather patterns around the world that can result in floods or droughts.



The Weather Network's Summer 2009 Forecast

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Region Temperature outlook Precipitation outlook

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British Below normal for northern Above normal in northern and
Columbia coastal BC. Near normal central coastal areas. Near
elsewhere. normal elsewhere.
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Alberta Above normal for northern Below to near normal across the
regions of the province. province.
Near normal elsewhere.
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Saskatchewan Near normal for most of Below normal for most of the
the province. Above normal province.
in the southeastern portion
of the province.
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Manitoba Above normal for southern Near normal for most of
regions. Below normal near the province.
Hudson Bay. Near normal
elsewhere.
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Ontario Above normal for Northwestern Above normal for extreme
and extreme Southern Ontario. Southern Ontario. Near
Near normal elsewhere. normal elsewhere.
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Quebec Above normal for southern Above normal for southern
regions of the province. Quebec. Near normal elsewhere.
Near normal elsewhere.
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The Maritimes Near normal. Near normal for Northern New
and Brunswick and Newfoundland &
Newfoundland Labrador. Above normal for Nova
& Labrador Scotia, P.E.I, and Southern New
Brunswick.
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Yukon, Above normal for Yukon Below normal for western
Northwest and western Northwest Northwest Territories including
Territories, Territories including the the city of Yellowknife.
Nunavut city of Yellowknife. Below Near normal elsewhere.
normal for most regions of
Nunavut. Near normal
elsewhere.
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