Climate change affecting Quebec winters

Climate change affecting Quebec winters

Montreal (Quebec) 8 December 2014 – Climate change; the whole world is talking about it and the whole world is preparing for it.

The world’s climate is changing, slowly but surely, and some recent statistics from Ouranos, a Quebec based climatic research consortium has the proof.

According to the research consortium’s latest figures the average mean temperature for the province has increased by 1 to 3 degrees Celsius from 1950 to 2011.

The effect is more noticeable in winter than in summer by the fact that the water temperatures are slightly warmer during winter.

It is also interesting to note that the difference in temperature is more dramatic the farther north we go as compared to the more southerly regions. Southern Quebec experienced a 1 degree difference whereas the north has experienced the 3 degree Celsius discrepancy. By the end of the century the climatologists expect a difference of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius if the current trend continues.

So what will happen to our severe Quebec winters if the trend continues? According to the spokesperson for Ourson, Alain Bourque, by the end of this century Quebec’s climate could resemble more that of the state of Pennsylvania than the actual weather we experience.

The warmer temperatures will also affect the wildlife and the vegetation that we are used to seeing. The amount of precipitation will also be a factor.

Although snow and rainfall is difficult to determine, just the fact that the temperature will be slightly warmer will affect the evaporation process which could lead to dryer conditions if the amount of rainfall doesn’t compensate.

Governments are ready for the change but are not doing enough to control the gas emissions we hear so much about.

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