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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Record Setting Temperatures

Regional | by Bayshore News Staff  

Records set in Collingwood, Wiarton as forecasters say they were wrong.

A winter of wacky weather got even weirder, with temperature records broken in our area.

9.8 Celcius Tuesday afternoon blows away the previous temperature record for Collingwood.

The warmest previous January 31st was 7.8 celsius, back in 1916.

The temperature in Wiarton for February 1st was broken just after Midnight with a high of 8 -- which eclipsed the old mark of 1.6 celsius set back in 1968.

Environment Canada's forecasters give their forecasts for this spring later today, but they admit they got it wrong for the winter of 2011/12. 

Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips predicted last fall that Western Canada would have a colder than normal winter, but it's been the exact opposite.

Most forecasters across Canada and the U-S got it wrong.

The Weather Network suggested a roller-coaster winter with major storms for the West.

AccuWeather also forecast parts of North America would be hit with the worst winter in 20 years.

Instead, temperatures are about seven degrees warmer than normal and there has been far less snow.

Temperatures have been the second or third warmest on record for some of the Prairies during the Winter months.

A golf course in southern Alberta is even opening for the season today.


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