A man walks by a frozen, fallen tree branch in Ottawa Monday, April 16, 2018 after an ice storm. Exceptionally high winds, snowstorms, and an ice storm battered various parts of southern Canada in April, normally when spring starts to arrive. Photo: Stu Mills/CBC

Global warming: So how was your April?

Share

Here we are in May, well into spring and heading for summer.  In much of North America though, spells of actual warm weather have only just begun to arrive, and hesitantly at that in many places.  Indeed this evening there’s still a frost warning into parts of southern Quebec.

Highway driving conditions at Levis across from Quebec City April 4, 2018. Photo: Pascal Poinlane- Radio-Canada

This has led many climate skeptics in Canada and the U.S to once again to denounce claims of global warming and how that is changing the world’s climate.  Trouble is, throughout almost the entire rest of the world, it’s been one of the warmest, if not the warmest April on record.

Global surface air temps for April shows warmer than average temps everywhere except central North America. Image: European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts Copernicus Climate Change Service

While parts of southern Canada were experiencing abnormal cold and snowstorms, parts of England and throughout France were experiencing a heatwave.

Not only did southern Ontario and Quebec and the maritimes get battered by snow and ice storms, but also huge wind storms in April which caused tens of thousands or people to be without power as ice and trees brought down power lines like this tree in a Toronto neighbourhood. Photo: Alison Chiasson-CBC

Down in the southern hemisphere where they’re in Autumn heading into  winter, many places broke April heat records and in one area of the northwest, an historical all-time record high of 45.9 Celsius was recorded.

While central North America was shivering, much of the rest of the world was experiencing an abnormally warm April, like this scene in a Paris park on April 18. Photo: Getty Images.

Sydney had 11 consecutive days of temperatures over 25 C,  also breaking April records for the city.

As we still struggle with achieving warm spring weather in much of southern Canada, the long range forecast for western Canada for the summer is above average heat, and more or less normal temperatures for central and eastern Canada, if any weather can be classed as “normal” anymore.

Additional information – sources

Share
Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

*

2 comments on “Global warming: So how was your April?
  1. jon Davies says:

    Maybe things are warming somewhat, but nowhere near what the alarmists are predicting. Trying to influence the population with this sort of article just does not imbue confidence that the climatologists are speaking truths. It seems that there are sides, and you are either on one side or the other in this country. Lets just forget about the whole GW thingy and enjoy our lives while we wait for the third world to start reducing their population, as we have already done. Reducing the population is the only way to really save the world from the many many things that we have inflicted on it over the rather short time that we have been on this rock. All other actions are in my mind meaningless.

  2. Peter Ashcroft says:

    What we are experiencing are greater fluctuations from the normal, when compared with the past.
    To what extent does the living Sun affect our weather? Are we still on a learning curve with this?