Canada has seen more snow than Siberia so far this fall

Oct 18 2018, 4:21 am

Thanks a lot, Alberta.

Following the record-breaking snowfall that hit Calgary and its surrounding towns earlier this month, Canada actually became snowier than freaking Siberia — and we’re still winning that frigid race, for now at least.

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According to the Weather Network, that gigantic landmass across the Pacific Ocean (you know, the one that encompasses most of Russia and parts of north Asia… yeah, that one) has seen less snow coverage this fall than we have over here in lil ol’ Canada.

As of October 15, the Weather Network found that Canada had around 7.9 million-sq-km of snow cover, while Siberia merely had a teeny tiny 7.15 million-sq-km — pretty embarrassing stuff, if you ask us.

Canada taking the renowned title of “Most Snow-Covered Land Mass in the World” is no small feat for our young nation, and it took a combination of happy coincidences to get us here.

According to the Weather Network, Canada had one of its coldest and snowiest starts to fall that it has ever seen in recorded history (we really don’t need to be telling Calgary that, eh YYC?) while Siberia happened to be experiencing one of its warmest seasons… relatively speaking, of course.


Snow extent in North America over the past ten years (The Weather Network)


Snow extent in Eurasia over the past ten years (The Weather Network)

All of these weather anomalies can be partially attributed to a ridge in the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean, which brought cross-polar flow into Western Canada and took arctic air from Siberia along the way.

That’s not to say that Siberia is completely out of the fight, as the Weather Network states that there have been signals that Eurasia may experience above-average amounts of snowfall by the end of October.

But still, it’s nice to be king for now!

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