But dont put away your snow shovels just yet, warns an Environment Canada official
Goodbye winter, hello spring
TRURO - Spring is here but don't put away the shovel just yet, warns Environment Canada's senior climatologist.
David Phillips said Truro has only had one April since 1960 without snow. On average, 38 centimetres of snow falls from the first day of spring through May.
"My advice is don't put away the snow shovel quite yet," he said Thursday. "It's a bit too much to expect a rush to spring."
Spring arrived this morning at 8:44 and it can't come soon enough for some people, who believe the winter has been too long and Jack Frost can relinquish his grip anytime.
"You're going to have to be a little bit more patient about this," Phillips said. "Just because you think you've had a tough winter doesn't mean you're owed a good spring. It doesn't work that way."
While we may still get some snow this spring, Phillips said it might come in the form of snow one day and be gone the next.
Phillips said by the end of April the weather starts to turn around. The long-range forecast for May, June and July is showing normal -to warmer-than-normal temperatures.
A sign of spring has recently awoke from their winter hibernation. The two black bears at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park were out and about yesterday greeting the visitors for the March break. Park manager Bert Vissers said the bears have been in and out of their pens for a couple of weeks.
"It's the sun that gets people moving. The last few days it was quite busy here," he said, noting the warm weather draws visitors to the park. "Just kind of a spring feeling, people anxious to get out and start doing things."
Environment Canada did not have complete stats for the past winter regarding snowfall in Truro.
But Halifax received 236 centimeters and Moncton, 258, and Phillips suspected we would be between those figures.
In fact, looking at the climactic normals during the past 30 years, there is a centimetre difference in the snowfall amounts between Halifax and Truro.
Truro's director of public works, Andrew MacKinnon, said the town budgeted $540,000 for snow and ice removal this year. As of the end of February it had spent $683,000. The town is now projecting to spend between $750,000 and $800,000.
"We hope our other operations are under enough to cover for it and it's looking like it's going to be very close to doing that," MacKinnon said.