Yukon North Of Ordinary

News archive for January 14, 2013

Capital expected to melt weather record

No. Spring has not arrived early.

By Stephanie Waddell on January 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

No. Spring has not arrived early.

It’s only mid-January, but this morning, the southern part of the territory felt a little more like April.

Haines Junction has already melted a warm weather record, and Whitehorse expected to break its record by the end of the day.

The 10 C the mercury hit this morning in the Junction is nearly two degrees warmer than the previous record for Jan. 14 of 8.3C in 1972 and again in 2009, Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said this morning.

He added he would not be surprised to see Whitehorse break its record high on Jan. 14 of 5.2 C set in 1981 before the day is done.

The records for each community have been kept since 1945 in Haines Junction and 1942 in Whitehorse.

“It’s warmer than Kelowna,” said Lundquist, who is based in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley.

Kelowna had a temperature of -4 C at 11 a.m. today.

The unseasonably warm situation in the territory made for melting snow and slick driving conditions this morning.

As Lundquist explained, a combination of factors is causing the warm weather.

A subtropical high pressure system has made its way up the Gulf of Alaska and there’s also a low pressure system in the central Yukon blowing the warm winds to the south.

It’s expected to last only a couple of days before things revert to the more usual winter conditions.

By the coming weekend, Lundquist noted, residents of the southern Yukon can expect temperatures to be between about -14 C and -22 C.

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Andrew E

Jan 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Neighborhood streets will be a cesspool and then freeze into impenetrable ruts over the next 48 hours.

It is beyond me that COW thinks that snow removal need only happen (in the case of my street) in late March while they expect me to shovel with 48 hours of a snowfall.


Jan 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Andrew E - I have 3 theories on why there is no snow removal but there is a bylaw to shovel off the walks.

They’re in cahoots with the auto repair shops and a city councilor knows someone who fell while trying to negotiate the rough streets a few years back.

COW are devoid of any budgetary ability to allow for snow removal and a city councilor found it hard to negotiate the rough streets a few years back.

They keep giving money away (ie: MacLean’s 99 stupid things the Gov did with your money #6) so there is none to provide for snow removal and….it’s too hard to negotiate the rough streets….

only makes sense.


Jan 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Andrew E & Adam; It is a plan that deludes me. Our street has also been cleared, for 1st time, in March over past 2 years (blocking our shovelled driveways, of course.)Complete waste of money because street is thawing & clearing itself by this time. My neighbours & I have possibly the cleanest sidewalks in COW because we dilligently shovel them onto our boulevards as per 48 hrs. Street isn’t cleared so along comes a fuel truck and pushes snow onto sidewalk; COW says we cannot shovel this into street - why, it was their uncleared snow from the street in first place? I understand why major highways & bus routes have priority, but I do not understand why the Whistle Bend road from the Mountain View doughnut does when no-one lives there. Don’t think the golf course is a going concern in winter so if anyone wants down there; buy a 4x4, because the rest of us are coming close to needing one!

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