This will just encourage the global warming sceptics and also encourage natural gas and electricity suppliers to raise prices! It will also encourage the flight of even more snowbirds to the southern US and elsewhere given the high dollar. Perhaps we ought to impose a flight tax to provide an incentive for them to stay and enjoy the brisk winters like the rest of us patriots who stay at home!
Bone-chilling winter predicted
Last Updated: Friday, November 30, 2007 | 2:45 PM CT
It's going to be an even colder winter than usual, according to the nation's weather agency, predicting one of the harshest seasons in 15 years.
"We're already seeing brutal windchills and very cold temperatures across Western Canada," Dave Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment Canada, said Friday.
"Cold air will invade every nook and cranny" save for a small pocket of southern Ontario, he said.
"We probably will get a white Christmas," he added.
Canada is the second-coldest country in the world, Phillips noted, yet the idea of minus double-digit temps is already sending shivers up everyone's spines.
Virtually the entire country can expect lower than normal temperatures and heavy snowfall between December and February, he said.
"This doesn't necessarily mean every day, every weekend is going to be one hoary winter from hell. But I think it just may be colder than normal, which is what we're not used to really.
"It may be a good old-fashioned one -- something our parents and teachers told us about."
Long johns needed
Phillips suggested Canadians have become unfamiliar with real winter.
"The point is, we've had so many balmy winters, that if we got something that was normal I think we would find that pretty difficult," he told CBC News in releasing the bone-chilling, 90-day forecast.
Phillips pointed the finger at a La Nina weather system that has developed in the Pacific Ocean.
La Nina is the frigid opposite of its warm-weather cousin, El Nino.