January 2016 was warmer than normal and most of the province was drier than normal.

This month, northern Ontario and the Far North were warmer than normal by 2 to 5 degrees Celsius. The largest variations were observed in the Moosonee area, where differences exceeded 5 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, areas close to the lower Great Lakes were only slightly above normal.

The mean January temperature for Peterborough was -6.5 C  vs. a normal of -8.5 C for the 1981 – 2010 period. This is a difference of 2 C.

Throughout the province, the snowfall amounts that were received ranged from 30 to 60 per cent of the amount that would be expected in January, except for the eastern edge of the northeastern part of Ontario and the Far North.

source: Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Environment Canada

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.