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> Winter 2017/2018 Final Thoughts/Stats For Your Area, How much snow did your area receive? Above/below norm? Lets discuss
travis3000
post Apr 22 2018, 09:00 PM
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So I figured it would be cool to bring the discussion back to the winter that has just passed. If you were to give it a rating out of 10 what would it be? Include your area's total snowfall/ precip/ temps, etc. If you had to summarize it what would you say?

For South Barrie

Seasonal norm= 225cm
This Season= 244cm
First Snowfall= October 31st (2cm)
Last Snowfall= April 17th (2cm)

Three Largest Snowfalls:

1) April 14th-16th= 21cm
2) Dec 11-12th= 20.5cm
3) Nov 9th/10th= 17cm

Warmest temp:

Feb 28th= 13.2C

Coldest temp:
Dec 28th= -33C

Days with snow on ground= 130

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I also have followed Alliston (where I used to live, approx 25 KM SW of Barrie), here are their stats:

Seasonal norm= 155cm
This Season= 159cm
First Snowfall= November 9th (8cm)
Last Snowfall= April 17th (1cm)

Three Largest Snowfalls:

1) April 14th-16th= 17cm
2) Dec 11-12th= 13.5cm
3) Dec 21st/2nd= 13cm

Warmest temp:

Feb 28th= 15.4C

Coldest temp:
Dec 28th= -34.8C

Days with snow on ground= 85

This post has been edited by travis3000: Apr 22 2018, 09:02 PM


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Barrie ,ON 2017/2018 Snowfall:
Alliston in ( )
October: 2cm (0cm)
November: 30cm (13cm)
December: 70.5cm (52cm)
January: 49.5cm (27cm)
February: 39cm (30cm)
March: 20cm (18cm)
April: 33cm (19cm)
SEASON TOTAL...
Barrie: 244cm
Alliston: 159cm


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Alliston history
2016/2017: 148cm
2015/2016 Total: 121cm
2014/2015 Total: 113.5cm
2013/2014 Total: 200cm
2012/2013: 140cm
2011/2012: 103cm
2010/2011: 213.5cm
2009/2010: 97cm
2008/2009: 232cm
2007/2008: 291cm
2006/2007: 84.8cm
LAST 11 YEAR AVERAGE: 158cm

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post Apr 22 2018, 09:24 PM
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My Rating: 6/10

This winter was certainly the best out of the past few years, boasting the highest snowfall totals since 2013/2014 in South Simcoe County. However while normals did come in near normal, most people in the area would say the winter was disappointing (if you like snow).

NOVEMBER: 4/10
A mild month overall, a few snow surprises in the Barrie area came from LES. One storm dumped 17cm here
in the south end and even more in the north end, so that gives the month some points. Overall though, it was not a big winter month here, everyday went above 0C and most of the time it was green grass. No winter activities could begin.

DECEMBER: 8.5/10

While the first week was quiet and snow free, things really started to kick into gear by the 7th-10th with multiple storms and systems as well as LES. A white Christmas everywhere really helped things, we had two larger 10cm+ storms occur just before Christmas. We also had severe cold for the final week of Dec. This was the period that truly felt like winter.

JANUARY: 7/10
Winter continued into the first week of Jan with severe cold and a nice 15cm LES outbreak that hit Barrie (nothing in Alliston). The month consisted of several warmups, one around the 9th-12th which melted much of snow. A second warmup occurred around the 20th-21st and a third warmup again around the 26th-27th. This kept the melting going however there were several smaller snowfalls that kept things looking like winter for the most part. For this reason, this month gets a 7/10 for good effort but with no large snowfalls, and three warm ups it fails to rise any higher.

FEBRUARY: 3.5/10
February really had good intentions. It came in with several smaller snowfalls, kept that ground white and at one point it looked like a solid month. Around Valentines Day though temps went above freezing and stayed there for the remainder of the month: 5C, 7C, 15C, 12C, 7C, 10C, 8C, 14, 15C ..... these are just some of the temps recorded in the area over this 2nd half of the month. Combined with heavy rains and strong SW winds, the entire snowpack was eliminated and all snowmobile trails were closed by mid month... they never re-opened.

MARCH: 5/10
Everyone was calling for it... March was set to redeem the horrible February. Cold air would flood back in with plenty of snowfall potential. It never happened. We failed to get a snowfall over 10cm, instead a few dinky 5-10cm events, and that was it. Zero snowfall occurred in the final two weeks of the month and most of the area was snow free during the month. What made things worse was that temps remained below normal, mostly single digits with no spring warmth in sight. In other words it was dry and cool....BORING!

APRIL: 5/10

Winter was determined to give us payback for the warm February and non eventful March. It happened, one of the biggest ice/sleet storms in ages pounded the area. Our largest snowfall of the month occurred this month (21cm in Barrie and 17cm in Alliston), and it was all sleet! A very rare occurrence. Barrie also was hit a week before with heavy squalls and whiteouts. For April it was a very cold and winter like month, moreso than Feb! The final week of April returned to more spring like conditions and the snow melted.

OVERALL: 6/10 Many smaller and mid sized storms, but ZERO big snowfalls. One of the rare winters where Barrie never received a 30cm+ storm. Because of this it was often hard to keep a snow pack, resulting in a very difficult year for snowmobilers. The season ended permanently in mid February from Muskoka southward, a very rare occurrence. We never could rebound after the Feb meltdown. Despite temps staying below seasonal for March and April it was mostly dry with smaller snowfalls that would melt within 24-48 hours. By the time we had a decent winter storm it was mid April and it was way too late to salvage anything.

Temps were a roller coaster, from frigid bone chilling cold to April like warmups in February. Anomalies 20C below normal, and 20C above normal. We really had it all this winter.

Unfortunately while this season was certainly noticeable it failed to pack the punch us winter enthusiasts desire.

This post has been edited by travis3000: Apr 22 2018, 09:42 PM


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Barrie ,ON 2017/2018 Snowfall:
Alliston in ( )
October: 2cm (0cm)
November: 30cm (13cm)
December: 70.5cm (52cm)
January: 49.5cm (27cm)
February: 39cm (30cm)
March: 20cm (18cm)
April: 33cm (19cm)
SEASON TOTAL...
Barrie: 244cm
Alliston: 159cm


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Alliston history
2016/2017: 148cm
2015/2016 Total: 121cm
2014/2015 Total: 113.5cm
2013/2014 Total: 200cm
2012/2013: 140cm
2011/2012: 103cm
2010/2011: 213.5cm
2009/2010: 97cm
2008/2009: 232cm
2007/2008: 291cm
2006/2007: 84.8cm
LAST 11 YEAR AVERAGE: 158cm

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post Apr 23 2018, 07:00 AM
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I'd give 2017/2018 a solid 7/10

Here are my rankings of the four most important categories of winter to me from that past 11 seasons that I've lived in Thornhill:

Total Snowfall:

1. 08-09: 253cm
2. 07-08: 251.6cm
3. 13-14: 184.8cm
4. 10-11: 168.1cm
5. 12-13: 151.6cm
6. 17-18: 151.5cm
7. 16-17: 142.6cm
8. 14-15: 118.7cm
9. 11-12: 99.9cm
10. 15-16: 96.4cm
11. 09-10: 71.3cm

Snow on the Ground:

1. 13-14: 124 Days
2. 07-08: 105 Days
3. 10-11: 92 Days
4. 16-17: 92 Days
5. 17-18: 86 Days
6. 08-09: 82 Days
7. 12-13: 81 Days
8. 14-15: 70 Days
9. 09-10: 53 Days
10. 15-16: 51 Days
11. 11-12: 28 Days

Snow Cover:


1. 13-14: 102 Days
2. 07-08: 87 Days
3. 08-09: 78 Days
4. 10-11: 70 Days
5. 17-18: 62 Days
6. 12-13: 62 Days
7. 14-15: 60 Days
8. 16-17: 55 Days
9. 15-16: 41 Days
10. 09-10: 34 Days
11. 11-12: 25 Days

Longest Consecutive Snow Cover:

1. 13-14: Dec 14 Mar 15 (91)
2. 14-15: Jan 29 Mar 9 (40)
3. 08-09: Dec 31 Feb 7 (39)
4. 10-11: Jan 6 Feb 13 (39)
5. 07-08: Feb 1 Mar 3 (31)
6. 12-13: Feb 7 Mar 8 (30)
7. 17-18: Dec 22 Jan 11 (21)
8. 16-17: Dec 11 Dec 26 (16)
9. 09-10: Jan 3 Jan 13 (11)
10. 15-16: Feb 10 Feb 19 (10)
11. 11-12: Dec 27 Dec 31 (5)

Overall, 2017/2018 was a fantastic Winter season here. We came in above average for snowfall for the first time in 5 years and had our snowiest season here since 2012/2013. There were plenty of stretches of solid wintry weather and the core winter months performed very well for us. Despite the lack of big storms, there was plenty of snowfall and lots of days where the ground was white and we had a nice wintry atmosphere. The extreme cold early in the season was impressive as was the late-season snowfalls. Great season!

NOVEMBER: 2/10

We had one of our earliest snowfalls of the season on the 9th-10th of the month but other than that a fairly dull and lame month for wintry weather.

DECEMBER: 8/10

December was the best month of the season for us with above average snowfall and the majority of the month having snow on the ground/snow cover. We had plenty of snowfalls and the biggest system of the season on the 11th-12th. I also experienced one of the heaviest snowfalls of my lifetime towards the end of the month. December is my least favorite month of the year and I was especially excited once the days started getting longer so all the wintry weather really helped ease that lame period of the year.

JANUARY: 7/10

This month started off great for the first 11 days before a major meltdown left us with a light dusting. Fortunately more snow came mid-month keeping it looking and feeling wintry. We lost it all again towards the end of the month before more snow and cold to close off the month. Snowfall was slightly below average for the month.

FEBRUARY: 6/10

The first half of the month was solid and we saw one of our snowiest stretches of the season from Feb 7th-10th. We came in above average for snowfall this month as well. It all broke down around Valentines day unfortunately but at least the days were getting longer rolleyes.gif

MARCH: 5/10

March was not a good winter month. The cold was useless and unpleasant without any snow but the abundant sunshine kept things good for the majority of the month. Plus we finally broke out of the darkness of winter and the added effect of DST marked a major psychological shift where daylight was dominating my life again.

APRIL: 6/10


April was impressive! Never in my life have I see so much snow/sleet so late in the season. We had 6 consecutive days of snow cover in mid-April which is astounding. Plus all that late season snow boosted our seasonal totals to the highest they've been in 5 years.


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Thornhill, Ontario Snowfall (Buttonville Airport):

2017/2018: 151.5cm (Weak La Nina)
2016/2017: 142.6cm (Weak La Nina)
2015/2016: 96.4cm (Strong El Nino)
2014/2015: 118.7cm (Weak El Nino)
2013/2014: 184.8cm (Neutral)
2012/2013: 151.6cm (Neutral)
2011/2012: 99.9cm (Weak La Nina)
2010/2011: 168.1cm (Moderate La Nina)
2009/2010: 71.3cm (Moderate El Nino)
2008/2009: 253cm (Weak La Nina)
2007/2008: 251.6cm (Moderate La Nina)
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post Apr 23 2018, 10:09 AM
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I'm not going into the whole snow totals thing again, but I suspect that the April mess bought us to within 10% of norms, we in North Barrie definitely did not go go over though, somewhere in the 210-230 range, but it felt like a rubbish winter.

November 5/10

December 7/10

January 3/10

February 2/10

March 5/10 (I prefer less snow in March)

April 2/10 it is redeeming itself with the weather we are having now...just the best day of the year so far
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post Apr 23 2018, 11:03 AM
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I prefer to rate the Winter overall, as I think of it in terms of being able to do what I like to do outdoors. The fluctuation in temperatures and snow cover also seems to affect how viruses stick around, and this year was a BAD year for flu and colds that hung on, and many people ended up with pneumonia...young, healthy people. That aside, as a snowmobiler, I'd have to say that two weeks of semi-opened trails is a BAD Winter! 2/10, overall...more Wintery last week than much of actual Winter!


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post Apr 24 2018, 05:42 AM
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Basically one of the worst winters on record here. Total snowfall was around 240cm (normals 335cm) which is around the 8th/9th lowest snow totals on record (though of course we could still add to the totals through May). Local ponds were never safe enough to skate on. There were a few "good" periods of laying snow and wintryness but never really built any kind of snowpack above 40cm, not a good year for winter activities (snow showeing, skiing, snow mobiling). There's still a few patches of snow/ice about in the woods if you look though normally there would be ton of ice on wooded trailes at this time of year when now they are 99% clear (which is good for a change as at least can walk all the trails easily now). Maybe a 2/10 here.

Probably a different story for Western Newfoundland and Labrador, they still have snow on the ground now there was a real East/West divide.
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I agree with snowgeek 7/10 winter.

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It was way too long.

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Cold season stats (October 2017 - April 2018)

October:
No accumulating snowfall. High 26*C low 1*C
Average temperature 13.6*C (2.6*C warmer than 2016 at YXU)

November:
7cm of snow. High 16*C low -8*C
Average temperature 4.3*C (1.7*C colder than 2016 at YXU)

December:
93cm of snow. High 11*C low -19*C
Average temperature -2.8*C (0.2*C warmer than 2016 at YXU)

January:
51cm of snow. High 10*C low -20*C
Average temperature -4.3*C (2.7*C colder than 2017)

February:
38cm of snow. High 15*C low -16*C
Average temperature -0.5*C (1.7*C colder than 2017)

March:
24cm of snow. High 11*C low -7*C
Average temperature 0.9*C (0.1*C warmer than 2017)

April:
9cm of snow. High 23*C low -5*C
Average temperature 5.0*C (6.8*C cooler than 2017)


Biggest snowfall: 33cm on December 12th.
Warmest day (D-F): 15*C on February 28th.
Coldest day (D-F): -20*C on January 7th.
Season total: 223.3cm
Below freezing days: 46
Winter rating: 8/10

Amazing winter with consistent snowpack from early Dec to mid Feb.
Started about one week late, and ended late Feb with a warm up.
Unnecessary cold weather in March and April.
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