It looks like the groundhog may have been right. Environment Canada has issued its long term forecast for this spring.
"It looks like conditions are going to be near or a little bit below normal," reported meteorologist Kirk Tornaby. "The cold conditions look to be a little higher confidence in the next month or so and March looks to be a little bit below normal through the next few weeks."
So what about spring moisture?
"Right now, they're kind of pointing more towards a little bit snowier or more precipitation (rain) for the next little bit," he replied. "There's not a lot of confidence with that, so I wouldn't take too much to the bank with that one."
The national forecast for the spring calls for below normal temperatures in BC and much of Alberta and near normal for the rest of the country, which makes one wonder about this summer.
"Summer is a bit of a longer range prediction; I don't think there's a lot to write home about right now," said Tornaby. "It's pretty far in the future so we'll see how the spring rolls out and then we'll get a better handle on the summer."