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Whatever happens next, winter has been a warm reprieve

By Gillian Slade on January 12, 2019.

Jan. 11 2019 NEWS PHOTO MO CRANKER Six-year-old Jude Binder clims a mini-rock wall Friday afternoon at the Kinette Korner in Kin Coulee Park. Exactly one year ago Hatters were facing -32 degree weather, but thankfully have a few more days of warm weather on the horizon.


As southern Albertans continue to enjoy seasonably warm weather, some might be reflecting on what it was like at this time last year, or the year before.

On Jan. 11, 2017 Medicine Hat hit a record low of -31.7C according to Environment Canada. On the same day last year, at 7 a.m. it was -28.5 and the daily high was only -22 C.

On this day last year, Jan. 12, the temperature at 7 a.m. was -32 C and by noon had warmed to only -22 C.

Clearly, 2019 has yet to approach such temperatures, and if the forecast for the days ahead is correct, it will remain above zero for at about four more days.

By the middle of next week, according to the long-range forecast, Hatters could be experiencing temperatures as low as -13 C.

There is also the Canadian Farmer’s Almanac prediction that calls for temperatures in February plunging to -45 C and coast-to-coast now storms in mid March.

Environment Canada has questioned the validity of this prediction because El Nino is brewing in the Pacific and it is a warmer than normal situation. When it’s warmer than normal it generally means a milder than normal winter in Canada.

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