That’s it for January. I love to look back at the numbers at the end of a month but before I do, I usually ask a few co-workers and neighbours what they thought about the month.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe these people all live in the same area. I suspect if I asked the same question in any region, I would get as wide a variety of answers.
One neighbour commented that he could not remember a colder January in Halifax. Hmmm… Last month, the average mean temperature in Halifax was 1.5 degrees warmer than normal.
Another said he thought it might be the wettest one he could recall and he’s lived here for 30 years. The rainfall was a little below normal and we only got about half the usual snow. I could go on, but I won’t. Instead, here’s a look at a small but representative sampling from across Atlantic Canada. The numbers in parenthesis are the 30-year averages.
So at a glance and based on these numbers, January was a little warmer than usual across Atlantic Canada. Labrador came in exactly where the 30-year statistics put it. Again from the sampling above, snowfall was low especially in Charlottetown and Halifax. Rainfall totals were about average across the Maritimes but well above in southeastern Newfoundland.
Finally, a note about the wind: the proximity of the jet stream served up very windy weather across Atlantic Canada. The Wreckhouse area of N.L. recorded wind gusts over 100 km/h, eight separate days last month!
The new month got off to a cold start. I’m not going to forecast for the month ahead, but I have a furry little friend who doesn’t mind stepping out and stepping up to the challenge.
Happy Groundhog Day.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.