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Toronto sees one of the warmest Januaries on record

Sunshine and mild temperatures linger over Toronto
Sunshine and mild temperatures linger over Toronto

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

February 6, 2012 — January 2012 will go down in the record book as one of the mildest Januaries to date.

Five warmest Januaries
Five warmest Januaries

Storm Hunter, Mark Robinson has been searching for winter across the country and one place that's lacking any signs of the frosty season is the city of Toronto.

In fact, January 2012 has been rated as the fifth warmest January on record.

"Record keeping began in 1937, so this past January was the fifth warmest in 75 years," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "And in January, the city received only half of its normal snowfall amount."

The milder weather is thanks in part to the Arctic Oscillation (AO). Meteorologists say a strong ridge in the jet stream is essentially keeping all of the cold air bottled up over high latitudes and is pushing storm tracks farther north.

While a normal winter season seems to be missing in southern Ontario, tourism operators say conditions couldn't be better further north.

If you're looking for winter activities, "really all you have to do is drive two to three hours out of the city and you can do it all," says Tanya McCready with Winterdance Dogsled Tours in Haliburton.

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