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The Ups and Downs of Spring in Canada

March 4, 2010 — The Weather Network released its' official Spring Outlook for 2010 today. Here's meteorologist Chris Scott with a look at the things that come with this season.

It's the time of year many Canadians dream about during these long winter days. The birds start chirping, the flowers start blooming and the temperatures begin to rise. Can you picture it? Yes, the spring season is almost here.

'The great thing about spring is that you can't hold it back. Even when you get a snowy day or a cold day, you know that as soon as the sun breaks out it's going to warm up,' says Weather Network Meteorologist Chris Scott. ' The sun packs a much greater energy punch in the spring than it does in the Fall. If you can break out the sun, no matter how cool that air mass is, the sun heats the ground and that heats the air above it.'

While the first few weeks of spring can be on the cool side, we have lots to look forward to with this season. Whether it's opening up the cottage, getting the golf clubs out of storage or simply wearing a lighter jacket, spring means a lot of good things for a lot of people.

Still, just like every other season, spring has its' pros and cons. With snow beginning to melt across the country, many provinces often have to cope with flooding. Last year, floods were a major problem in New Brunswick and southern Manitoba. And early forecasts indicate that the water levels will be high again this year.

But it's not all bad news.

'This year we don't expect many widespread problems with spring flooding because we haven't seen as much snowfall across these flood-prone regions like we have in previous winters,' says Scott. 'With all the snow-pack in the states, we don't think we'll see a lot of issues as we head through late March or April.'

Another concern during the Spring season is the risk of avalanches. This is often the time when the biggest slides come crashing down in the mountains of B.C. and Alberta. Mild temperatures tend to weaken the snow-pack, and then fresh coats of snow are often too heavy for it to handle. The Canadian Avalanche Centre recommends keeping out of the back country.

And finally, as we head towards May, we'll enter active weather season. This means the return of lightning, thunderstorms and possibly even tornadoes.

'That's the thing we have to watch meteorologically,' says Scott. 'Our forecast team will be on that, watching for the first severe weather outbreaks as they move in from the U.S.'

For more details on what you can expect where you live this spring, make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV today. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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