Winnipeg experiencing extremely high snowfall amounts

Winnipeg winter has third-highest snowfall since 1872: meteorologist

Winnipeg has received more snow than usual this year. The amount of snow dumped on the city so far this winter is among the highest since records have been kept, beginning in the late 19th Century.

Only two years have seen more of the white stuff than we have this season.

“Winnipeg has so far this winter, picked up 157 cm (5’2″) of snow,” meteorologist Rob Paola said.

“That puts us in the third-most amount of snow up to this point since we’ve kept track of snowfall records in Winnipeg — extending back to 1872.”

Most of that snow, Paola said, has fallen since Dec. 21. Up to that point, the city wasn’t looking at anything remarkable in terms of precipitation.

“We had about 37 cm of snow (up to Dec. 21), which was actually a little bit below average for our snowfall up to that point,” he said.

“Over the past 60 days, we’ve picked up 120 cm of snow. That’s an average of about 15 cm a week for two straight months.”

Although frustration with shovelling excess snow has been pretty universal, Paola said one group that won’t be complaining is farmers, who will be able to replenish their parched soil after dealing with drought conditions last year.

“It’s going to be a lot better than the situation we were in last year where we had very minimal snow cover.

“The snow cover was gone by the first week of march last year and there wasn’t much precipitation in spring, and that led to the extreme dryness in the summer as well.”

It has also been a brutally cold winter. Sun Dogs (above) are a regular occurrence.

Winterpeg

The city of Winnipeg has a couple not so flattering nicknames, Windypeg and Winterpeg. The city receives Chicago like winds year round and brutally cold temps in the winter months.

But the citizens endure and make the best of it. Today was a bit milder than the previous couple weeks and people were on the river skate and walking trails.

That’s it, back to Winnipeg: ‘Simpsons’ give another nod to city in new episode

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were referenced in a recent episode of 'The Simpsons.'.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were referenced in a recent episode of ‘The Simpsons.’. screenshot

You may not be able to find Springfield, the home of the animated Simpson family, on a map, but the long-running cartoon’s writers certainly know where to find Winnipeg.

The acclaimed TV series referenced the city — in this case, its back-to-back champion CFL team — again in its latest episode Sunday night.

A Winnipeg Blue Bombers-branded bus makes an appearance in the episode of The Simpsons, as a group of American football players decide to try their luck up north in the CFL.

The nod to the Grey Cup champs isn’t the first time Winnipeg has been referenced on the popular animated show.

In the 1996 episode Bart on the Road, a scene featuring a disgruntled parent yelling, “That’s it, back to Winnipeg” is perhaps the best-known Winnipeg reference — but Simpsons characters actually visited Manitoba in 2005’s Midnight Rx.

The Simpsons visited Winnipeg in 2005.
The Simpsons visited Winnipeg in 2005. Simpsonswiki

The city has also been referenced frequently in films and TV series, from a nod in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps to episodes of CheersThe Sopranos and The Office.