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La Niña returning this winter; cold weather forecast for Canadian prairies

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – After going through one of the hottest summer’s we’ve seen here in decades, it looks like we’re now headed for a very cold winter.

Online forecaster, has released its Canadian winter forecast and it can be summed up in two words: La Niña.

Meterologist Brett Anderson says that weather phenomenon traditionally means cooler water in the pacific ocean, a lot of rain along the B.C. coast, heavy snow in the mountains, and very cold conditions here on the southern prairies.

“We are thinking this winter is going to be, perhaps one of the coldest winters we’ve had in a few years here,” says Anderson. “Perhaps the coldest winter in eight years or so. We’re expecting a colder winter than normal, especially December through January.”

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Forecasters hit the nail on the head when they predicted a very hot summer this year. That’s exactly how it played out with many communities across western Canada setting new heat records.

Now it appears we are going from one extreme to the next.

La Niña usually takes place every three to five years in a cycle and is basically a cooling of water in the Pacific Ocean. As mentioned earlier it typically results in lots of precipitation in British Columbia and pushes the jet stream farther south, which forces frigid arctic to flood across the prairies.

Anderson says this winter could be great for ski resorts with frequent snowfall events likely. “Abundant snowfall is expected through much of ski country from the coastal range of B.C. through the Rockies of western Alberta,” said Anderson. He notes there will be plenty of opportunities for snow across the southern prairies too.

But again, it’ll be the cold that could very well be the weather story this winter in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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