Canada’s first two furry forecasters predict early spring amid mild winter

Canada’s first two furry forecasters, Wiarton Willie and Shubenacadie Sam, both failed to see their shadows Thursday morning, indicating towards an early spring.

According to Environment Canada, colder-than-normal temperatures are to be expected in the north and west this fall. However, the temperature recorded in last couple of months was mild.

Canada’s groundhogs might declare an early end of winter; meteorologists believe Canada’s furry forecasters are forecasting the end of something that hasn’t even started yet.

“The one thing uniting all Canadians right now is the question of ‘where’s winter?’ We’re almost sending a search party looking for it,” said Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips. “Even in the Arctic we’re seeing examples of a winter that has not behaved normally the way it should be.”

According to Phillips, temperatures in Ontario have been constantly 3.5 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Phillips said: “Here where winter is born, where we built a reputation on winter, it is premature to expect that winter will go away and spring is on the way in spite of what the groundhogs say.”

Meteorologists say typical signs of winter have been drained by an "arctic oscillation."

“The general idea here is that the jet stream is pushing a bit farther north this year,” said Chris Scott, a meteorologist with the Weather Network. “It’s allowing more warm air to come across much of the country. It’s also keeping that cold air well to the north.”

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