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By NIKITA GRISE
Isn’t it a lovely spring we’re having this winter?
Where we were bombarded with arctic blasts last year we are now facing record high temperatures.
The highest recorded temperature for Feb. 3 in Niagara Falls was 9 C in 1991. Feb. 3, 2016 forecasted a high of 13 C.
The warmer weather has Computer Programming student Cody Johnston saying “Screw the winter!”
At this time last year Toronto saw temperatures around -14 C and Southern Ontario was in the midst of a storm that dropped up to 35 centimetres of snow in some places.
And the city of Saint John, N.B. had to declare a state of emergency when nearly one metre of snow slammed the region.
This winter, El Nino has caused havoc on Niagara’s usual weather patterns. Last year the ice content on the Great Lakes was 95 per cent. This year it’s at a shocking two per cent.
El Nino is a weather phenomenon that starts with warm water in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, making the world even warmer.
Andrew Chiarelli, also in computer programming, is not enthused, “It’s concerning. It’s not a good sign.”
Business Administration Marketing student Fred Donkor says, “Well I mean the groundhog did kind of declare the end of winter.”
Yesterday Nova Scotia’s groundhog Shubenacadie Sam and Alberta’s Balzac Billy called for an early spring. However, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie declared six more weeks of winter.
The mixed forecasts from the groundhogs are nothing new, but students are hopeful that the warm weather will continue.
Johnston says, “I was planning on moving to a warmer place when I was older. Now I don’t have to.”
Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film student Rob Curwain is not so happy, asserting that global warming is not a myth.
With a bit of humour Curwain says, “Al Gore was right! The end is nigh!”