Charlottetown reaches 515 centimetres for winter, more on the way

Dave Stewart
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A pedestrian walks past the Sir John A. Macdonald statue un Charlottetown where a person or persons unknown made a snowman (snowperson) to keep the former prime minister company thrrough this long cold winter.

Charlottetown is fast approaching its second snowiest winter and it looks like more is on the way.

Linda Libby with Environment Canada says the weather station recorded 15.6 centimetres of snow in Sunday’s storm, bringing the grand total to 515 centimetres so far this winter.

That's 16 feet, 10 3/4 inches.

Despite the fact the calendar reads spring, Environment Canada still counts all this white stuff in its winter records for 2014-15.

Libby said their records show that 525.8 centimetres was recorded in the winter of 1881-82, while first place goes to the winter of 1971-72 when 539 centimetres fell on the capital city.


Elsewhere across the province on Sunday, 39 centimetres was measured inKingsboro, 10 centimetres in Alliston, 8.1 in Bonshawe, 9.7 in New London, 11.4 in Miminegash, 13.2 in Wellington and about 15 centimetres in Elmwood.

Winds on Sunday gusted to 81 km/h in North Cape, 68.5 km/h in Summerside, 64 km/h in Charlottetown and 63 km/h at East Point.

Libby said they are going to be keeping an eye on a system for Friday night/Saturday that has the potential to bring 25 centimetres of snow and 20 millimetres of freezing rain.

Organizations: Environment Canada, New London

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Kingsboro, Wellington Elmwood North Cape Summerside East Point

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  • The Observer from Stratford
    March 23, 2015 - 20:21

    There was a theory that the imperial system would quietly go away over time as the next generation wouldn't be taught it and wouldn't have a clue about any of it. That hasn't happened because everyone building anything still uses 2 by 4's, parents still wants their newborn baby's weight in pounds and ounces, TVs are still measured in inches, football in Canada is still in yards, etc. etc. Even though it's not officially taught Canada is still not totally metric and has done a very poor job of converting many of our everyday items and activities to metric. The kids as a result continue to have to know and to be confused in both systems.

  • no google
    March 23, 2015 - 18:25

    What a bunch of maroons, it sure does not take much get all the high and mighty educated people excited ! This is the biggest response by you idiots since the fox got run over by the good old boys on the ski doo!

    • Charlottetonian
      March 24, 2015 - 05:52

      no's plain to see you're empty inside. And by slinging insults around at others, your mere goal, is to provoke and infuriate, and try to drag others down into your chasm . I feel so sorry, that you chose this path in life. Let's hope you don't have a family that's influenced by your train of thought. I wish you well.

    • Move Along
      March 24, 2015 - 07:16

      Clearly you are here to troll. Move along little boy and let mommy use her computer. This is what we get when the elementary schools are closed.

  • Stacey
    March 23, 2015 - 16:02

    Holy snow crazy people...get over we got a sh*t ton of snow. Stop fighting. Geshhh.

  • Stan Hope
    March 23, 2015 - 15:55

    I CAN NOT BELIEVE some of the comments posted here ... get a life people.

  • Alexander White
    March 23, 2015 - 15:46

    Having been a Mathematics teacher for a very long time, I have always taught the metric system. HOWEVER, ask a child to tell you how long an article is - they will inevitably give the answer in Imperial measurement. Go figure!!

    • The Observer from Stratford
      March 23, 2015 - 17:09

      The sneaky folks at the Guardian changed the text after I sent in my message. That's fine with me as it now means they've got it right.

      March 23, 2015 - 18:11

      Is that a "definite" or "indefinite article"?

  • mike
    March 23, 2015 - 14:27

    Its called progress. Most places in the world use metric since its easy to convert and everything is done by 10. Instead of 800 different ones in imperial

    March 23, 2015 - 13:38

    Thank goodness for the logical metric system, so easily understood and dealt with. But for those in the DARK 1 meter WHICH is 100 cm, translates into about 3 ft. 3 inches.

  • discouraged
    March 23, 2015 - 13:38

    Yes,I agree with the above comment. Please give us the totals in inches and feet!!!!!

    • huh
      March 23, 2015 - 14:49

      let me help you out a bit. If you are online, you have access to google. Type in "how many inches is X centimeters". And it will tell you. Welcome to 2015.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    March 23, 2015 - 12:20

    If 515 cm. have fallen this year vs 525.8 cm. in 1881-1882 and 539 cm. in 1971-72, doesn't that make this the third snowiest winter (so far) rather than the second most? That seems like elementary math to me.

    • What?
      March 23, 2015 - 15:27

      It clearly says we are fast approaching 2nd place not that we already are. Another 11 cm and we will be in second, or another 25cm and we will be in first. See how that works?

    • The Observer from Stratford
      March 23, 2015 - 17:08

      The sneaky folks at the Guardian changed the text after I sent in my message. That's fine with me as it now means they've got it right.

  • no google
    March 23, 2015 - 11:34

    Use Imperial measurements so people can understand . We can thank the original idiotic Truedeau for the Metric conversion which was a monumental waste of taxpayers money.

    • huh
      March 23, 2015 - 12:32

      I think you mean, use Imperial measurements so "you" can understand. I probably wouldn't blame Trudeau too much though, since 98% of the planet uses the metric system.

    • Frankie
      March 23, 2015 - 12:39

      I would think if you asked anyone under the age of 40 if they agreed with your comments, they'd say no. Metric is what has been taught in the schools for 40 years now. Nothing wrong with it and easier to learn. the International System of Units has been adopted as the official system of weights and measures by all nations in the world except for Burma, Liberia and the United States.

    • Brian
      March 23, 2015 - 12:51

      If you can't understand the metric system, how are you able to dress yourself in the morning?

    • Idiots
      March 23, 2015 - 13:01

      If people are do stupid to understand a VERY simple system like metric then it's time to go back to school and finish grade 3.

    • under 40
      March 23, 2015 - 13:09

      Actually the VAST majority of people born since the mid-1970s understand metric far better than the idiotic imperial measurements that FOSSILS like you apparently like. If you're under 40, metric is the way to go and which EVERY SINGLE OTHER country in the world uses except the USA and the UK. Go figure, eh? I'll take centimetres any day over stupid inches.

    • Lindsay
      March 23, 2015 - 13:22

      Except nearly every country in the world uses metric... So, may want to get on board with that.

    • less
      March 23, 2015 - 13:30

      maybe just will thank the next truedeau. for left hand smokes next truedeau fo left hand cigarettes

    • Slow Learner
      March 23, 2015 - 13:34

      I may be a slow learner but I have learned metric over the past 45 years, maybe no google should google!!!

    • SoloSailor
      March 23, 2015 - 13:35

      Really? No Google? No understanding of the metric system? Heck, it's only been 39 years since it's inception in Canada. Is it a matter of stubbornness, lack of comprehension or lack of willingness to adapt? What measurement was used to determine that the conversion to the metric system was a waste of taxpayers'money?

    • Bd1981
      March 23, 2015 - 14:07

      Wow, that is a pretty stupid comment. Are you telling me that you are too stupid to understand that 5 Meters = 500cm. You should probably know that there is roughly 3 & a 1/3 feet in a Meter as well. So a simple math equation of 3.33 x 5 = 16' Also, they call it the 100m dash. Not the 333 & 1/3 ft Dash.

    • mutt
      March 23, 2015 - 14:57

      Same as Trudeau and his French language. Financially breaking the country. You don't see the USA bringing in Spanish now do you? ... bring on the bashing

    • country boy
      March 23, 2015 - 14:59

      No need to get nasty with this person. There are many seniors who do not understand the metric system. Most of us do and I get a laugh out of my grand kids when I slip up and use the imperial system. Why the nastiness on such a beautiful winter day....

    • huh
      March 23, 2015 - 16:24

      @country boy: While I agree nastiness is probably not necessary, the original poster did set the tone with words like "idiotic" and "monumental waste...". I've found that online posters who write like this are, ironically, the ones who are actually out to lunch.

    • don
      March 23, 2015 - 19:09

      frankie you not to bright the imperial measurement was used for more years the you have been alive. it goes back hundreds of years, where have you been? lots of places is going back to imperial measurements.