Moosonee is a city in northern Ontario, Canada, on the Moose River approximately 19 miles south of James Bay. It is considered to be "the gateway to the Arctic" and has the only saltwater port in Ontario. Nearby, at Moose Factory Island is the Moose Factory community that is connected to a water taxi on the summer road and ice in the winter. Moosonee is the railhead of the Ontario Northland Railway when goods are moved for barges and airplanes for transportation to the more northern communities. Moosonee is not particularly far to the north, it is located at 51 ° N, which is roughly the same latitude as Saskatoon, Calgary, London, United Kingdom, and Berlin, but it is colder due to its proximity to Hudson Bay, and isolated due to its lack of road access to the rest of Ontario.
It has a humid continental subarctic climate in general, with long, cold winters and short warm summers, with James Bay acting as a thermal reservoir for spring and low temperature control in winter. Freezing of the Moose River normally occurs between the end of November and mid-December, with average daily minimum temperatures in January around -27 ° C. Spring, or thaw of spring, usually occurs in April. The average annual rainfall is approximately 682 millimeters, and the annual average of snow is approximately 213 centimeters. Severe thunderstorms may occur from time to time.blog comments powered by Disqus