The second major storm for this winter season rolled through at the end of last week, one marked by its significant and prolonged gusts of wind that left many Valley residents without power for 12 to 24 hours. While most of the precipitation came down as rain and freezing rain, enough descended as snow to keep the landscape white for Christmas.
The Environment Canada weather station in Saint-Anicet recorded gusts of wind up to 77 km/hr, and the wind blew with force starting on Thursday and right through to Saturday night. The winds were part of a major weather front sweeping across the north east with temperatures also yo-yoing from -10 degrees Celsius to +10 degrees Celsius, and then back down again, in less than 24 hours.
The storm brought 19 mm of rain and freezing rain, followed by 16 cm of snow, which melted down to 15 mm of water. This brings the total precipitation for December to 83.6 mm, which is about normal for the whole month.
Despite the storms and the snow, the temperature has stayed on the warm side. Even though the average temperature for the past week was -1.7 degrees Celsius, down from -1.0 degrees Celsius the week before, it is still way above the monthly average of -4.5 degrees Celsius. Nighttime temperatures continue to be well above normal and above what would ordinarily be the daytime high on a frequent basis.
Thank you to all the Hydro workers who went out into harsh conditions to restore power to Valley residents, a Merry Christmas to one and all.