Swathes of both Canada and the United States suffered record low temperatures and rare April snowfall over the weekend.
Over the past 24-hours alone, cold records have been tumbling from Washington State to New England; from northern Texas to the Canadian Prairies. In fact, the Canadian Prairies just neared its all-time record-cold benchmark for mid-April — an exceptional -20C (-4F) was registered at Carman, with a similarly anomalous -13.7C (7.3F) noted in Winnipeg.
And below the border, a record -1F (-18.3C) in Idaho is one of the standouts, although hundreds of low temperature records have been slain across the states over the past few days, cold that is set to spill into the new week:
GFS 2m Temperature Anomalies (C) for Mon, April 18 [tropicaltidbits.com].
It is snowing in Toronto right now. 5:48pm. April 18/2022
I have to wonder how this affects the spring crops or even the planting in North America. I know wheat doesn’t do well in 25F so we can forget the prairies for getting a jump on the season and it must be the same for you guys. Is this just a fluke? I’ve seen plenty of April snow over the years so this isn’t a reason to sound the alarm but are these weather events going to be the norm? Let me ask you all one question. How was your winter?