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The winter that wasn't

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IT'S official -- the winter 2011-12 was one of the warmest on Environment Canada's books shattering records across much of the country.

The winter that wasn't was most pronounced on the Prairies, which had the driest winter on record, with 56 per cent less snow and rain than normal and temperatures more than 6 C higher than normal.

The winter fits with a pronounced warming trend, according to the department's climate trackers, who note that Canada's average winter temperatures have been at or above normal since 1997.

They report the national average temperature for the winter was 3.6 C above normal, the third warmest since nationwide records began in 1948.

-- Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 8, 2012 A2

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