'Longest winter of my life': Edmonton breaks record with historic cold stretch
Published Saturday, April 14, 2018 1:19PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:05PM EDT
It’s the never-ending winter. Or at least it feels like that in Edmonton.
The city’s winter-weary residents may be forgiven for griping about the lingering chill this year after they broke their record for most consecutive days of temperatures at or below freezing.
On unlucky Friday, April 13, the temperatures dipped to a low of -2 C with a wind chill of -6 C, according to Environment Canada. It marked the 167th consecutive day of minimum temperatures at or below 0 C, which means Edmonton hasn’t seen an overnight temperature above the freezing mark since Oct. 29, nearly six months ago.
That’s according to weather historian Rolf Campbell who shared a chart on Twitter with historical data from the city’s coldest stretches. The previous record was set in 1974 to 1975 when Edmonton endured 166 consecutive days of temperatures at or below the freezing mark.
Resident Adam Morris wasn’t alive back then, so for him, this winter’s stubborn cold is unprecedented.
“This is the longest winter of my life,” he told CTV Edmonton on Friday.
Despite the weather, Morris attempted to get into the spring spirit by hitting some balls at the Victoria Driving Range in the city’s River Valley.
“It felt great getting out to swing some clubs,” he said.
Kevin Hogan, the head golf professional at the range, said the business chose Friday as its opening date two weeks ago.
“Bring toques and mitts and when you start hitting some balls you’ll warm up pretty quick,” he recommended.
Other residents tried to find spring indoors at a local garden centre filled with flowers.
“We came today to feel the life, to see all the flowers and spring’s on its way,” one visitor said.
Despite the optimism, it could be a while yet before seasonal temperatures return to Edmonton with Environment Canada predicting a continuation of chilly overnight lows for the coming week.
With a report from CTV Edmonton’s Amanda Anderson