Yukon sets new daily snow record, nearly 300 percent of normal, Canada

Yukon sets new daily snow record, nearly 300 percent of normal, Canada

Whitehorse City in Yukon, Canada, registered 70 cm (27.5 inches) of snow on the ground on April 4, 2021 -- the area's most snowfall on record for the day and almost 300 percent of normal. The snowpack usually peaks around 30 cm (11.8 inches), and by late April, the snow base would be near zero.

Although Yukon's capital Whitehorse is no stranger to heavy snow, the past winter has been especially snowy there with 70 cm (27.5 inches) of snow still on the ground as of Arpil 4. This is the city's largest snow on record for April 4 and is considered a tremendous amount for the area, which has a population of 25 000.

The snowpack usually peaks at 30 cm (11.8 inches) and by late April, the snow diminishes to near zero. 

The Weather Network described the recent snowpack as "quite peculiar".

"The region was even greeted by a rare atmospheric river back in early December. It's typical to get a meandering Jet Stream in La Niña conditions, along with above-normal precipitation across parts," it explained.

"The atmosphere essentially behaved like an El Niño for January, limiting the amount of frigid air available in the region; when the active storm track kicked in, excess moisture moved into Yukon. It rarely was too cold to snow."

As of April 6, the city has been recording below-freezing temperatures for 161 days.

Featured image credit: Wild Yukon Swimmer

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