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    Spring comes early to the North

    A warming sun, and great Pacific winds from the West have combined to bring a mild winter to western Canada.
    Our Bow River near Banff is thawing about 6 weeks earlier than normal. This year the ice is a foot thick. Normally it is 4-6 feeet thick and the river does not flow freely till the end of April or May.
    This has saved thousands for me in home heating costs this year. No one is complaining. Our temperatures have been about 10 degrees above normal since October with nothing but exceptionally strong Chinook winds since October. This great flow of warm west winds is caused or in part caused by the strange North Atlantic oscillation which is also bringing a gruelling winter to Europe. To everything, a season. We rest assured that nothing lasts forever and all of this might change into either another great drought for us or another record wet year. No one knows for sure.
    Our climate is much like that of Siberia and Mongolia, with weather extremes which never cease to amaze those who have to live and keep livestock alive through them all.
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