If this winter’s conditions so far are any indication, this year’s Actif Epica will be a rather different race than the last two years. The wind is significant, there’s real snow out there, and the cold is biting.
And the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting more of the same, right up to mid-February:
Winter temperatures will be colder than normal, on average, with the coldest periods in mid- to late December, much of January, and early to mid-February. Snowfall will be above normal, with precipitation slightly below normal in Alberta and above normal elsewhere. The heaviest snowfalls will occur in early to mid-January, mid- to late January, and mid- to late February.
If they’re right, race day will be at the cross section of one of the “coldest periods” with one of the “heaviest snowfalls.” Or, maybe being right on the edge of both, it will be the one weekend with great weather!
We’re not placing bets either way.
In the meantime, keep warm, have a great new year, and keep your eye on the weather.