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  1. Good points. However, I think that media outlets such as accuweather, weatherbell and, here in Canada, The Weather Network need to hype the idea of this upcoming winter being a blockbuster one in order to draw viewers and subscribers. Think about it: if they predicted a tame winter, not as many people would tune in or subscribe. The Weather Network in Canada is calling for a "return to traditional Canadian winter conditions" as well as "the winters of our youth", which is a joke as it all depends on when your youth was. If your youth encompassed a period from the mid 60s to mid 80s then, yes, they were more often than not, very cold and snowy. If, on the other hand, your youth was in the early 50s, then for this winter to be like those ones, it would have to be mild. Environment Canada and the National Weather Service, by contrast, are government funded and thus do not need to rely on subscribers and viewers wanting big storms to follow. Hence, there is less hype. I've heard that Environment Canada is far less bullish on this upcoming winter and I gather the NWS is as well.
  2. If my memory serves me correctly, he called for a warm winter in 2007-2008.
  3. Almost all weather outlets in Canada are calling for a cold, stormy winter, possibly on par with 2007-2008 in terms of snowfall. I personally have serious doubts about that. I well remember past winters where seemingly everyone was calling for an epic season, only for it to turn out to be a dud - think 2001/2002 and 2011/2012. Not saying that this will be the case this year, but also don't think it will live up to the hype. If the euro weeklies are correct, JBs call for a colder than average December will be in jeopardy.
  4. I've been reading that that some in New England want to join Atlantic standard time, or be on permanent eastern daylight time. What are the thoughts of people here?
  5. Thanks Don. I would imagine that's quite a loss for Weatherbell.
  6. Unless it's a joke, Ryan Maue has announced on his twitter account that he has resigned from Weatherbell after 5.5 years. Interesting news. I wonder if Weatherbell will still be able to use his maps?
  7. This upcoming cold front reminds me a bit of what happened in May 1992. Toronto went from a high of 86 on the 23rd to a high of 52 on the 24th. This won't be quite as extreme as that, admittedly - the morning low on May 25th, 1992 was 32!
  8. Another example could be 2004. I believe an El Nino developed that year, with the summer being a bust in the east. That being said, I believe any warmth we did have that year was in May.
  9. Correct me if I'm wrong, but would it not be unusual to have a hot summer when an El Nino is developing? Those summers tend to be cooler than average, or average at best. I think of the summers of 1976, 1992 and 1997, to name a few, although Mount Pinatubo likely played a role in making summer 1992 so cool. One exception would appear to be 2002, which had a cool spring, but a hot summer.
  10. Well...almost everyone. Toronto got only 1.5-2". Perhaps one day we'll get another 12" storm. Really happy for everyone else, though.
  11. Congratulations to the New York crew. I finished up with 2" here in Toronto.
  12. I've measured 2" at m place. A disappointment, for sure, but not a total bust. It looks like Montreal is in in the sweet spot.
  13. https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/841408137391419397 If this happens, might not be as big a bust as you think.
  14. Just incredible what you guys are about to experience.
  15. Looks like Pearson might have got slightly more, like around 4". Eerie similarities to this storm.