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Snowed under: Our winter by the numbers

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It all started in early November when Winnipeggers braced themselves for a Colorado low that dumped 27 centimetres of snow in one weekend.

Since then, winter's icy grip hasn't loosened, and Winnipeggers are into their sixth month of snow and cold.

This winter, Winnipeg received 54 per cent more snow than the average winter and Mother Nature dumped higher-than-normal snowfall amounts for every month except February, when only 8.6 cm of snow fell, according to Environment Canada data. In total, the city saw twice as much snow as it did last winter.

Environment Canada meteorologist Gary Dickinson said three of the past six months have recorded below-average temperatures, and April doesn't "look too promising." When it's cold, it seems like it's much colder than normal, Dickinson said, particularly this month since temperatures are about 10 degrees below where they should be.

The normal high for this period in April is around 12 C. So far this month, the city has boasted an average daily high of 0 C.

Still, Dickinson said winter temperatures have only averaged about one degree cooler than normal for most months.

"It's just been a typical Canadian winter," said Dickinson, who is based in Vancouver.

110.6 cm: Average snowfall between November and April

169.8 cm: Total snowfall between November 2012 to April 15, 2013

80.8 cm: Total snowfall between November 2011 and April 15, 2012

55: Number of days snowfall recorded in Winnipeg (since Oct. 1)

22: Additional number of days where trace amounts were recorded

2: Number of days with significant snowfalls (above 15 cm)

Nov. 10 - 20 cm fell

March 4 - 16 cm fell

Typical average snowfall by month:

November: 21.4 cm

December:19.8 cm

January: 23 cm

February: 14.2 cm

March: 15.8 cm

April: 10.1 cm

Snowfall by month this winter:

November: 39.8 cm

December: 32 cm

January: 40.2 cm

February: 8.6 cm

March: 36.4 cm

April (as of April 17): 12.8

Typical daily average high and low temperatures for Winnipeg, by month

November: high: -0.9 C, low -9.6 C

December: high -9.7 C, low -19.1 C

January: high -12.7 C, low -22.8 C

February: high -8.5 C, low -18.7 C

March: high -1.1 C, low -11 C

April: high 10.3 C, low -2.4 C

Daily average temperatures this winter in Winnipeg, by month:

November: high: -1.9 C, Low -10.1 C

December: high: -10.4 C, low -18.9 C

January: high: -11 C, low -22.3 C

February: high: -8.7 C, low -19.2 c

March: high -4.8 C, Low: -16.9 C

April (as of april 17): high: 0.0 C, low -10.1 C

3: The number of major plow operations, including plowing residential streets.

Nov. 10 - City launched plow operation on its major streets, followed by a residential plow operation on Nov. 12. Environment Canada data show 20 cm of snow fell on Nov. 10.

Jan. 11 - City started a plow operation following a snowstorm. Environment Canada data show 13 cm of snow fell. Trucks started to plow residential streets on Jan. 15.

March 4 - City crews launched plow operation following snow and blowing snow. Salt and sanding trucks worked around-the-clock to address slippery road conditions. Environment Canada data show 16 cm of snow fell on March 4.

90,000: Amount in tonnes of treated sand used on roads since Nov. 1.

27,000: Amount in tonnes of road salt.

$26 million: City's annual snow-clearing budget

$6 million: City's snow-clearing budget for January

$11 million: Actual amount spent to clear snow from city streets in January

$5.3 million: How much city is over budget on snow-clearing (up to end of February)

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 20, 2013 ??65535

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