October 9, 2013 3:00 PM | No CommentsHey Folks,Your friends, family, co-workers, pretty much everyone will tell you that the Summer of 2012 was one of the best ever in NL. And the numbers back it up. We had a record number of days with temperatures 20° or warmer, rainfall totals were at or below normal. It was fantastic.So how do you think 2013 compared? Overall, most seem to think it was another great Summer. We had plenty of record breaking temperatures and Sunny days and if you're a fan of the humidity, than you couldn't have asked for anything more!I've looked at the months of June, July, August & September and compared the average daytime highs, the number of 20°+ days, the amount of rainfall & how many days we had with NO rain.LONG STORY SHORTTemperature wise across NL, July and August actually held up well vs 2012. Temperatures were once again warmer than normal in 2013 and the number of 20°+ days weren't too far off the mark in those months either. In some cases we actually had more 20°+ and 25°+ days than last year in July or August. However, where 2013 just couldn't compare to 2012 was in June and even into September. As we noted last year, Summer 2012 was impressive for it's longevity more than it's record breaking warmth and that's where 2013 didn't quite stack up.Let's have a look at the numbers...ST. JOHN'S & EASTERN NEWFOUNDLANDTemperaturesNumbers wise, 2012 certainly jumps out as the better Summer in St. John's with 16 more days with temperatures of 20° or warmer. However 2013 might be remembered more for its selection of REALLY nice days.Perhaps the most interesting temperature stat, is that our daytime high from June to September averaged out almost exactly the same from this Summer to last, despite the fewer days at 20°+. Our much warmer June (+2° warmer in 2013 than in 2012) and another fantastic July were the main factors in keeping pace with last Summer.
This past July 2013, when it was hot, it was really HOT! We had 11 days where the temperature reached 25°+, compared to only 8 last year. We also had the 2nd warmest day EVER recorded at YYT at 31.2°. St. John's hottest day in 17 years!In August, highs averaged nearly 2° cooler than last Summer, however we still had 19 days at 20°+, compared to 24 days last year. So again, some of our warmest days were really warm.September 2012 was a tough act to follow, being the warmest on record at YYT with an average high of 19.5°. However we had another beauty in 2013. YYT recorded 10 days of 20°+ and 2 days at 25°+ for an average daytime high of 18.5°. True, that's a full degree cooler than last Summer, however still good enough for the 4th warmest September on record at YYT!Temperature wise, we've certainly had back to back beauties in St. John's.HumidityThe last two Summers have also been unbelievably humid. In 2012 we set a new record with 101 hours with a sticky dewpoint of 20°+, which shattered the previous record of 75 hours back in 1989. We'll this Summer was unprecedented, with a record smashing 163 hours with a sticky dewpoint of 20°+. July was the stickiest month of Summer with 95 hours alone!RainfallIf there is one thing that really sets apart 2012 from 2013, it's rainfall. YYT recorded DOUBLE the rainfall this Summer compared to last. 290 mm vs 583 mm. The average is somewhere right in the middle, or about 430 mm for the June to September period. So last Summer was drier than normal and this Summer was certainly wet in terms rainfall amounts. However the other really interesting stat for St. John's, is the number of rain free days. We had 46 days without rain in each of the past 2 Summers. So in 2013, when it rained, it poured! This ties right into our greater number of tropical air masses and record dewpoint hours!------------GANDER & CENTRAL NEWFOUNDLANDTemperaturesIn Central Newfoundland, 2012 also takes the prize for the warmer Summer overall. June, July, August and September were all slightly cooler than last Summer how July-Aug-Sept all finished warmer than average. The number of 20°+ days in 2012 vs 2013 were fairly similar in July at 28 vs 26.
This past August, YQX recorded 25 days of 20° or warmer, which was more than the 22 days last August. June was the biggest difference, as 2013 had just half the amount of 20°+ days than June of 2012 and September 2013 trailed behind last year as well.RainfallThis Summer was also much wetter in Central. An extra 150+ mm than last Summer and 10 less dry days. August was the wettest month with 193 mm of Rainfall (including 126 in one shot on Aug 30th), following by September with 179 mm, both months and the Summer as a whole, finished well above the 362 mm average.----------DEER LAKE & WESTERN NEWFOUNDLANDTemperaturesWhen looking at daytime highs, the Summer of 2013 on the West Coast averaged -1.6° cooler than the Summer of 2012, with the largest difference again, in the month of June. This past June was 3.7° cooler than June of 2012 and we had only 8 days at 20°+, compared to 20 days last year. A huge difference.July was spectacular again, keeping pace with 2012 and much like Central, the Deer Lake airport recorded more 20°+ days (28) in August 2013 than in August of 2012 (23). September 2013 highs averaged about 2° cooler and there were 7 less days of 20°+ than last year.RainfallUnlike in Central & Eastern Newfoundland, the Deer Lake airport, actually recorded less ainfall this past Summer than Summer of 2012. Though the Rain Free days were similar at 46 vs 44. Your wettest month was August at 121 mm.----------HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY & CENTRAL/EAST LABRADORTemperaturesIn terms of daytime highs, HV-GB had the biggest difference from Summer to Summer, with 2013 coming in -2.7° cooler. HV-GB also saw the biggest drop in 20 degree days from June to September with 19 fewer days this Summer.July vs July, 2013 actually averaged warmer than last Summer and had the same number of 20°+ days. However highs in June were significantly cooler (22.2° vs 16.9°) which shows just how impressive last June was in Labrador. The June average is 17.1°.Highs in August and September both finished near average, which was about 3° cooler than last Summer.RainfallHV-GB also saw the biggest increase in rainy days from Summer to Summer. This past June-September, there were only 35 rain free days, compared to 51 last year. Even though, 2013 was more than 100 mm wetter, it still finished drier than the 30 year average of about 400 mm.----------LABRADOR CITY & WESTERN LABRADORTemperaturesWestern Labrador also had a noticeably cooler Summer than last year, as daytime highs averaged a full 2° cooler in 2012. However the biggest differences were again in the months of June and September. Perhaps it's not even fair to compare to June of 2012, which was warmer than July or August last Summer! June of 2013 had 9 days at 20°+, compared to 18 days last year and the average high was 16.5° compared to 20.5°.
Highs in July of 2013 were actually warmer than last year (20.3° vs 19.5°) and August 2013 had 9 days at 20°+ compared to 12 last year.
September 2013 actually finished BELOW average in Lab West with an average high of 11.2°, much cooler than the 14.7° average high last year.Rainfall
The most memorable part of Summer in Labrador were the forest fires in Lab West. Just 35 mm of Rain in June was only half of your month average and meant very dry conditions. The rest of the Summer finished near average in terms of Rainfall. Overall, mainly thanks to June, it was a drier Summer in 2013 and rain free days averaged out from Summer to Summer.Another noteworthy stat for Lab West. It snowed for most of the day on June 5th, 3 days later temperatures rose to 20.8°!Let the countdown to Summer 2014 begin!Ryan.
October 8, 2013 1:03 PM | No CommentsRelaxing Yoga on Deer Lake Beach this Summer. Courtesy of Carmelita Greene-Morgan.
Your friends, family, co-workers, pretty much everyone will tell you that the Summer of 2012 was one of the best ever in NL. And the numbers back it up. We had a record number of days with temperatures 20° or warmer, rainfall totals were at or below normal. It was fantastic.So how do you think 2013 compared? Overall, most seem to think it was another great Summer. We had plenty of record breaking temperatures and Sunny days and if you're a fan of the humidity, than you couldn't have asked for anything more!I've looked at the months of June, July, August & September and compared the average daytime highs, the number of 20°+ days, the amount of rainfall & how many days it rained.But... before I reveal the numbers, we're going to do a quick non scientific poll.Which Summer do you think was better? Vote below and then check back here on the blog on Wednesday for a breakdown of those Summer numbers!
August 6, 2013 6:29 PM | No Comments
No pressure for the Weatherman, right? As you know, St. John's is the only place in North America where our civic holiday all depends on the weather.
The most important factor that the decision-makers on the Regatta Committee will be looking at in Wednesday's early morning hours will be the winds.
We could have a brilliant sunny and warm day on tap, but if the winds are too strong for racing, they'll call it down.
The good news: the winds will be a non-factor on Wednesday. Winds will be light, starting northerly in the morning and rounding to easterly in the afternoon & evening.
That onshore flow will be keeping temperatures "comfortable" down by Quidi Vidi Lake on Wednesday. It looks like temps will be in the 18 C range in the afternoon, before cooling off to near 15 C by Wednesday evening.
There's a slight chance (40 per cent range) of showers in the mid-late afternoon and early evening hours. A light rain jacket or an umbrella might be a good idea before you head down to the water.
With all these factors in mind, I've created the Original Regatta Roulette Index.
There are three options: Red Light, Yellow Light or Green Light. Click below to check it out:
In years past we've had some questionable forecasts, leaving people not quite certain how late they should stay up. However this year, the index is a Green Light. With light winds and a generally pleasant day on the way, looks like you're safe to stay up as late as you want!
August 1, 2013 10:25 AM | No Comments
WHEN IT COMES TO HEAT AND HUMIDITY, JULY 2013 WILL BE ONE TO REMEMBER IN ST. JOHN'S.NOTEWORTHY NL STATS FOR JULY.-Badger hits 31.0° on July 4th, becoming first spot in NL to hit 30+ this Summer.-St. John's 28.7° on July 6th is the warmest day at YYT since July 2008!-Badger 33.5 on July 7th is warmest day there since July 2007!-On July 14th, Corner Brook set a daily high record of 30.2°, breaking a record of 30.0° set back in 1933.-On July 15th, for only the 9th time since 1942, St. John's hits the 30+ mark. Official high is 31.2° which is now the second hottest day on record.-St. John's: July 25th-26th. Records falling like... like raindrops!-As of July 28th, St. John's YYT had already broken the sticky record of 'Hours of 20°+ Dew Point' at 108 hours. The crazy part is, last years 101 hours SMASHED the old record of 75 hours back in 1989... and we've already beaten that new mark.-Now add in the 6 sticky hours we had last evening and St. John's YYT is now sitting at 114 hours with dew point 20+. Even more impressive considering our stickiest month, historically speaking, is August!JULY NUMBERS RECAP: Courtesy of Rodney Barney @rcbstormpost on Twitter.Highest NL Rainfall Amounts
Cow Head: 192.2 mm
Burgeo: 162.2 mm
L'Anse au Loup: 153.2 mm
Plum Point: 150.6 mm
Port aux Basques: 143.5 mmST. JOHN'S: JULY 2013 VS JULY 2013It's hard to believe, here in Metro anyway, we are actually keeping pace with last Summer, which many view as the best Summer in memory. Obviously we have August and into September to go, but it was an impressive July for sure. Check out Rodney's July to July comparison chart here.More Summer vs Summer number crunching to come in the coming weeks!AUGUST AND BEYOND PREVIEWEnvironment Canada's long range forecast models are forecasting the above normal temperature trend to continue into August and beyond. The best chance of that is over the Avalon and Eastern Newfoundland.Ryan
July 15, 2013 6:56 PM | No Comments
Let's be honest. St. John's isn't known for its heat.
However, I think most would be surprised to know that since record keeping began at St. John's airport back in 1942, Monday was only the ninth time that we've officially reached 30 C or warmer.
At St. John's YYT the official high Monday was 31.2 C, making it the second-hottest day on record.
The last time we hit the magic 30 mark was 17 years ago. It was way back on Aug. 7, 1996, when the official YYT temperature was 31.0 C.
The warmest temperature ever recorded at YYT over the past 71 years was 31.5 C, back in July 1983.
The chart below shows the key dates.
You may remember just over a week ago, numerous local weather stations in St. John's topped the 30 mark, while St. John's YYT only peaked at 28.7.
There's little doubt that the 14 times that YYT hit between 29.0 and 29.9 over the past 71 years, it could very well have been over 30 in your backyard.
But it's not official, until it's official! And there is a good reason we look at official Environment Canada weather stations.
For accurate temperature readings, thermometers need to be kept away from buildings and need to be shielded from the sun, in something called a Stevenson screen. For more check this out.
It's also worth noting, before the official St. John's weather station was set up at the airport, it was located in downtown St. John's. While there are some holes in that data, especially in the early 1930s, that station does give us a sample of what the weather was like from 1874 to 1941.
In that 67-year stretch, a quick scan turned up 21 times where the 30 mark was reached! Certainly a much better track record than the newer airport weather station. By the way, the warmest temperature ever recorded at that old downtown station was 33.9 on Aug. 14, 1876.
A temperature of 31 C Monday afternoon and it's going to be a spectacular evening.
Get out and enjoy. Winds become northerly overnight and the temperature will struggle to get to 16 C on Tuesday.
July 3, 2013 1:00 PM | No Comments
Hey Folks,We all know June is a fickle month here in Newfoundland and Labrador. It can be 25° one day and then the wind shifts and it's only 7° the next.We hope... that no June will ever compare to the misery of Juneuary in 2011, for St. John's & the Northeast Coast in particular. That June paved the way for a cool, wet and way too short Summer season for many.And it's safe to bet, it will be awhile before Labrador experiences another June as spectacular as they did in 2012. In fact, much of the Island also had a fantastic June last year, kicking off what would be one of the best Summers ever.So how exactly did the numbers shape up over the past month?Not good, not bad... but fairly decent.ST. JOHN'SIt's interesting... this past June was warmer than June of 2012 in the Metro region! It was also the first June since 2010, where temperatures finished close to average. The last 15 days of the month, the temperature was 15°+ a total of 13 times. The 'average' number of 20° days in St. John's in June, is 8, so we were still shy of that.It was also a wet month, finishing about 35 mm above average. YYT reported only 9 rain free days.ST. JOHN'S STATSJune 201115°+ days: 520°+ days: 0Average Daytime High: 11.7°Rainfall: 100 mmJune 201215°+ days: 1320°+ days: 5Average Daytime High: 13.9°Rainfall: 60 mmJune 201315°+ days: 1920°+ days: 5Average Daytime High: 15.9°Rainfall: 135 mm---GANDERUp the Northeast Coast in Gander, you folks had a near (just slightly below) average June. Pretty comparable with last June for days over 15°, however you can see 20° days were no where close. The 1971-2000 'average' number of 20° days in June, is 11 in Gander.Precipitation was also 35 mm above average.GANDER STATSJune 201115°+ days: 1320°+ days: 2Average Daytime High: 13.4°Rainfall: 150 mmJune 201215°+ days: 1920°+ days: 15Average Daytime High: 16.9°Rainfall: 71 mmJune 201315°+ days: 1720°+ days: 7Average Daytime High: 16.5°Rainfall: 120 mm---DEER LAKEAlong the West Coast, temperatures were cooler than normal in June, finishing 1.3° below average. Both 15° days and 20° days were more comparable to June 2011. The average number of 20° days in June for Deer Lake is 11.Rainfall was below average again. Interesting that Deer Lake hasn't had a normal June rainfall total (~87 mm) since 2008.DEER LAKE STATSJune 201115°+ days: 1920°+ days: 7Average Daytime High: 16.6°Rainfall: 70 mmJune 201215°+ days: 2320°+ days: 20Average Daytime High: 20.7°Rainfall: 35 mmJune 201315°+ days: 1820°+ days: 8Average Daytime High: 17.2°Rainfall: 60 mm---HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAYIt would be pretty tough to top June of 2012. Temperatures this past June finished almost exactly average. 9 days at 20°+ was also average. For the 3rd straight June, Rainfall was again below average in HV-GB. The average is 92 mm.June 201115°+ days: 1620°+ days: 5Average Daytime High: 15.8°Rainfall: 60 mmJune 201215°+ days: 2620°+ days: 18Average Daytime High: 22.2°Rainfall: 64 mmJune 201315°+ days: 2120°+ days: 9Average Daytime High: 16.9°Rainfall: 69 mm---LABRADOR CITY / WABUSHThe number that certainly sticks out is the rainfall. Just 35 mm in June, is less than half the monthly average of 82 mm. We're seeing first hand how the lack of Rainfall is becoming a factor with the forest fire situation.For temperatures, June of 2012 was one of the best ever. The average daytime was 4° cooler than last June, however still finished above the 15.9° average!LABRADOR CITY / WABUSH STATSJune 201115°+ days: 1820°+ days: 9Average Daytime High: 15.9°Rainfall: 123 mmJune 201215°+ days: 2920°+ days: 16Average Daytime High: 20.5°Rainfall: 69 mmJune 201315°+ days: 1720°+ days: 9Average Daytime High: 16.5°Rainfall: 35 mm---A LOOK AHEADThe latest Environment Canada Outlook for July, August & September shows temperatures are expected to be above normal right across the region. In fact, much of the Province is the 70-90% probability of being 'warmer than normal' over the next 3 months.Ryan