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Our cold winter

As I've mentioned before, I pay particular attention to the weather in part because writing a weather forecast story every morning is part of my duties and routine here at the paper.

So when people talk about just how cold and rotten this past winter was, I'm like, "I know."

But it got me thinking.

And then it got me researching.

Luckily, Environment Canada has a ton of data on their website, nicely formatted and available for the plucking.

So I went back to October, and I grabbed all the daily highs and overnight lows from the last seven months. Then I went through and grabbed all the averages for those same days — the long-term averages.

And then I compared them. Greens and blues are days and nights that were much colder than the average for that day. Yellows and reds are the days that were much warmer. Here's the calendar:

If you'd like to see a (much) larger version, click here.

I was surprised that it didn't look to be such a terrible winter as I thought it had been. December was substantially colder than the average, but then a couple of weeks in January it was warmer. February wasn't ultra-cold, but it was persistently pretty cold and then although March started very cold, it got up around normal — or better — for most of the middle.

And then it got cold again. The worst, in my opinion, is the unrelenting chill through most of April. It just hasn't warmed up yet.

I'd love to do a summer version of this colour-coded calendar. Here's hoping it will be mostly pink or orange.

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