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Winters are likely to be increasingly unpredictable, according to meteorologists.
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No need to be an expert to see that snow is expected this year in Montreal and several other cities in Quebec, but meteorologists from Environment Canada speak of a “significant deficit” in comparison with seasonal norms .
In a table published on the X platform, the federal organization indicates that snow is simply absent in Montreal and Quebec, while the average snow on the ground is respectively ten centimeters and 34 centimeters in these cities .
A 5 cm carpet of snow covered Sept-Îles on December 31, but it should have been 31 cm according to seasonal norms.
Environment Canada reports that the snow cover is also significantly below normal for season in Gaspé and Bagotville, in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
Despite this deficit, it is not However, this is not a record, says Gregory Yang, meteorologist at Environment Canada.
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For Montreal, for example, we have had green Christmases six times in the last ten years. For Quebec, it's a little rarer. The last time there was no snow on the ground on December 25 was in 2015.
A quote from Gregory Yang, meteorologist
Plus a city is located in the north of the province, the rarer it is that she has had a green Christmas, Mr. Yang further specifies.
The averages released by Environment Canada were calculated from data collected between 1981 and 2010, he indicates.
L'Next year, the organization will receive new data, which was collected between 1991 and 2010, which will show whether climate change has had an effect on the averages seasonal snow cover in recent years.
For now, Mr. Yang suspects that the amount of snow from the new data will be lower than the previous average.
Even though' it is not yet possible to say whether climate change will mean that there will be less snow in the coming winters, the meteorologist believes that we can know x27;expect more unpredictable winters.
With global warming, this is not necessarily that it's going to be hotter in the future, it's just that we could have more extremes, explains Mr. Yang.
With information from The Canadian Press