Spring outlook 2014

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2014-spring-precipEnvironment Canada has released its temperature and precipitation outlook for the March, April, May time period.  The outlook calls for normal temperatures for most of the country and below normal temperatures from southeastern Manitoba to Newfoundland.  Above normal temperatures are shown in southwestern British Columbia and central Yukon.

Normal precipitation is expected for most of the country.  A small area of above normal precipitation is shown in central British Columbia.

The Old Farmers Almanac provides a different look at things for April and May.  They are calling for warmer than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation  in British Columbia and Yukon and near normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation in the Northwest Territories.  In the central part of the country from Edmonton over to Winnipeg they are calling for warmer and slightly drier than normal conditions.  The almanac forecasts slightly warmer and rainier conditions than normal for Ontario and slightly cooler  than normal temperatures in Quebec with above normal precipitation in the west and below normal in the east.  The outlook for the east coast is for a bit warmer than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

The one thing that is certain is that fire season will arrive in most parts of the country over the next 3 months.   Colder than normal temperatures and frequent snowfall this winter in many parts of the country may result in a later than normal start to the fire season in some areas.  How soon the fire season will arrive will depend on snowmelt and spring rainfall.

Regardless of the seasonal outlooks, wildland firefighting agencies will be working hard and doing their best over the next few months to be ready when the first fires start to arrive.