According to Brian Proctor, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, a cold jet stream that locked itself into parts of Alberta’s atmosphere can be blamed for the month of extreme dips in temperature and cold wind chills across the province. 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The wettest month is June with an average of 80mm of rain.. Since then there have only been two years where Calgary had snow on at least 20 days in the month. An early arrival of warmer weather might induce a quick melting season — and a bit of a reprieve for Albertans. READ MORE: Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Calgary saw 20 days in January with daytime highs above 0 C. The city even set a new record high temperature Jan. 26, 2019 when it hit 13.7 C. The average daytime highs for Calgary in February range from -4 C to 1 C. Calgary was so far from normal this February that it actually had 16 days with daytime highs that were colder than the average overnight low temperatures. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. #YycWx pic.twitter.com/vgPXJOZMzt. And though it will warm up toward the end of March, the cold is not exactly going to go away in the spring. Calgary’s cold snap a boost or a bust for businesses: ‘Worst February in 20 years’. On top of that, Calgary saw more than double the average amount of snow it typically gets for the second month of the year. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 21°C (70°F). Lethbridge, with a mean temperature of -19.5 C, and Red Deer, with a mean of -21.3 C, both had their second-coldest Februarys since data started being collected. Unfortunately this weather pattern is expected to continue. An incredibly rare occurrence, there has only been one month on record where the temperature stayed below freezing for the entire month — in Jan. 1950 the warmest it got was -6.7 C. There are only two months out of 1,784 months of record where the daytime high stayed below freezing for all but one day — in January 1916, and February 2019. Calgary did not have a single “normal” temperature in February, meaning every high, low and mean temperature were below seasonal. Temperatures in Calgary this week rivalled Antarctica — a barren, ice-covered, virtually uninhabited frozen landmass — and yet the majority of us still had to… To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). An earlier version of this story said February never cracked the zero degree mark, when it did hit 0.6 C on one occasion. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about Please read our Commenting Policy first. CALGARY—The extreme cold temperatures that took hold of most of the province last month didn’t just make it feel like one of the coldest Februarys in Alberta’s history — it was. Download Global News’ Skytracker weather app for IOS and Android. To order copies of Calgary had a mean of -18.7 C, and Grande Prairie had a mean of -23.6 C, giving them each their third-coldest February. Calgary cold snap has dogs trying indoor puzzles: ‘Better than chewing the leather furniture’. In February 2019 the city saw 34.5 centimetres of snow. This will go down as the fourth-coldest February in the city's history, based on average-temperature data dating back to 1882. Dos and don’ts of driving in snowy conditions. permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. It snowed 25 out of 28 days this February. This February will go down as the 4th coldest in Calgary's history, Cold weather could spring surprise attic rain on homeowners, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. But if Environment Canada’s predictions are correct, March, April and May are going to see colder than seasonal averages, with some typical ups and downs in temperatures, Proctor said. Want to discuss? READ MORE: Snow was also unusually frequent this February. “We’ve had a very strong flow pattern, setting up northwest winds coming out of the Arctic Ocean down the Mackenzie Valley, and it hasn’t been very progressive,” Proctor said “It’s been a very stagnant pattern, which is responsible for a lot of that cold air coming down.”. Calgary spent most of the month on track for this being the second-coldest February on record, but thanks to a bump in temperatures at the end of the month, the overall mean warmed up just enough to make this the third-coldest. The coldest temperature, meanwhile, was –29.2 C, recorded at 8 a.m. on Feb. 10. The Weather Network's long-term forecast is calling for daytime highs to remain below zero for the first week of the new month, with temperatures finally rising into positive territory around March 9. To order Starting Feb. 1, temperatures dropped below freezing and stayed there for all but one hour on Feb. 22. Toronto Star articles, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com, The Toronto Star and thestar.com, each property of Toronto Star This cold hits especially hard for Calgarians, considering the warmer-than-average previous three months. rights reserved. Download Global News’ Skytracker weather app for IOS and Android. READ MORE: Climate normals for monthly snow in February in Calgary are 14.5 centimetres. Newspapers Limited, One Yonge Street, 4th floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6. Extreme cold warning issued for all of Alberta this weekend, Coastal Labrador on alert after polar bears sighted roaming through town, A warmer than normal spring expected for Halifax, but first: snowstorms. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. The coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of -2°C (28°F). Calgary roads: Snow route parking ban to be lifted, nearly 2,000 tickets issued. Here are the coldest months in Environment Canada's weather archives, as recorded near where the Calgary International Airport now stands: This February saw several extended cold snaps and no relief from chinooks, which are sometimes known to boost Calgary's winter temperatures above zero. But that isn’t the most unusual snow stat. While the cold may seem like the opposite of a global warming trend, Proctor said when you zoom out to look at the “big picture,” the extreme temperatures Albertans saw in February do reflect climate change models that warn of unusual ups and downs in weather across the globe. February is just about over and many Calgarians will be saying good riddance to a cold and snowy month, the likes of which we haven't seen in decades. This past February was one for the record books. READ MORE: Meanwhile, it was the fifth-coldest February for Edmonton in its 139 years of temperature data, with a mean of -19.4 C. None of those cities have seen such a cold February since 1936. According to the Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals, Calgary will usually see around eight days with snow in the second month of the year. Calgarians cope with freezing cold February. The highest temperature recorded for the entire month was 0 C. That came — briefly — at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22. © 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc. March comes in like a lion in Alberta with extreme cold warnings, WATCH: March has come in like a lion in Alberta with extreme cold warnings covering the entire province. expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto Calgary had a mean of -18.7 C, and Grande Prairie had a mean of -23.6 C, giving them each their third-coldest February. Here are the coldest months in Environment Canada's weather archives, as recorded near where the Calgary International Airport now stands: February 1936: –24.5 C; February 1887: –20.1 C Yesterday was #Calgary's 24th February day with snow which put 2019 in a 2-way tie for 1st place for the most since records began. The daytime highs forecast for the start of March are 5- to 20-degrees below average. July is the hottest month in Calgary with an average temperature of 16.5°C (62°F) and the coldest is January at -7°C (19°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in July. There was at least a trace of snow recorded on 24 of the first 27 days this month. The coldest February was in 1936 when the mean temperature was -24.5 C. Records go back to 1885. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. All The city averages three or four nights a year which get that cold, mostly in January and December. The normal temperature for Calgary in February, in case you were wondering, is –5.4 C. But if you're tired of winter at this point, don't expect any immediate relief when March arrives. The average monthly mean for February in Calgary is -5.4 C. READ MORE: Banff had its coldest February on record based on 131 years of temperature data, according to Environment Canada, with a mean temperature of -17.6 C — more than 11 degrees lower than its usual -6 C. Meanwhile, both Calgary and Edmonton had their coldest Februarys since the Great Depression.