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16 Apr 2018
Ok, we all know that weather forecasting is very difficult to say the least, even in the short term. We saw with the weekend storm where nobody could accurately predict types of precipitation, duration, etc.

I get that and I don't blame the meteorologists, it's just tough.

But explaining what happened is actually easy, so,

I am not asking about this storm in particular, we all know why the storm happened, but this highly unusual weather pattern in the spring.

I've never seen something like this, this storm could have been a horrible ice storm just because it's too cold.

Why is it so cold? why doesn't it warm up? Is it La Nina? or something else? I thought La Nina was gone or was weak but is there any specific factor or factors causing this?
8 Feb 2017
that is what I do.

this is not strictly weather related, just indirectly, it certainly has nothing to do with meteorology but maybe some of the people here who studied it at University will know.

When the 2013 ice storm happened in Toronto, many trees had a thick layer of ice all over. The ice wouldn't melt during the day because it was very cold and obviously, nobody put salt on the trees.

However, to my surprise, I noticed that at night, the ice from the trees started dripping constantly and melted quite a bit.

I didn't make sense at first, it was colder than during the day and no sun, but then I thought, during the night, plants release oxygen.

and I noticed that this morning too. Last night, immediately after the freezing rain ended, the trees outside my home had a layer of ice.

It was all gone this morning, but the ice on the ground was not.

so the stupid question is, does oxygen melt ice regardless of temperature?
22 Oct 2015
Hi everyone,

I really am not an expert in weather and I don't understand the graphics and statistics you guys post. I usually skip right away to the explanations.

I have read a lot about this year's el Nino being very strong, the strongest since 1998 and all the talk about drier and warmer weather across eastern Canada.

But I had been thinking for a while, I read what happened in 1998 with the ice storm in Quebec and Eastern Ontario, I think a big part of it was a high pressure front in the Northern Atlantic (I think they called a a Bermuda something) which was preventing the storm from moving away towards the ocean, that combined with some wind shifted west of the Appalachians because of el Nino created the perfect storm (I apologize if that sounds stupid, I just made a summary of something I read some time ago and probably didn't understand very well).

Anyway, I was wondering if the same could happen, but since it was only in my head and didn't hear anybody say it I kind of forgot, until today.

A long range forecast in accuweather says exactly that. The risk of ice storms in southern Quebec and Eastern Ontario is increased by el Nino. Like the 1998 storm wasn't a freak, just a very bad version.

Can it happen again this winter? what areas are more likely to be affected? Are electric utilities better prepared to deal with it?
8 Feb 2015
Hi, and forgive my ignorance rolleyes.gif

I've been trying to find out if freezing rain happens in the southern hemisphere. I was born in Argentina and emigrated to Canada several years ago and I never heard of freezing rain back there.

Does it actually happen in the south? it seems to me that it doesn't, may it be because the way the streams flow in the south making it unlikely that a cold front will collide with a warm front?

thanks in advance
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