Friday, December 23, 2011

Fall 2011 Summary

A very warm fall that was also the wettest on record

The fall was over 2.5 degrees warmer than average, the heat was very consistent throughout the entire season except for a relatively cool week at the end of October. But even for that week it was only 3 or 4 degrees colder than average compared too many days that were more than 5 degrees warmer throughout the fall. However, as we have seen many warm falls in the recent past, we only have to go back to 2001 to find one that was hotter.

It was a very wet fall with 349.2 mm of total precipitation compared to the average of only 218.1 mm. This was the highest fall precipitation I could find, just beating out 1955 which had 339.5 mm.

There was only 5 cm of snow recorded this fall which is much less than the average of 30 cm. The fall of 1998 was the last time we have seen anything like this, as that year we only had 2 cm.

Summary for Fall 2011:
Maximum Temperature 26.7 °C
Minimum Temperature -9.7 °C
Average Daily High Temperature 10.7 °C (Long term average 8.3 °C)
Average Daily Low Temperature 2.5 °C (Long term average -0.5 °C)
Total Precipitation 349.2 mm (Long term average 218.1 mm)

(Long term averages based on 1970-2000 data for the Waterloo Wellington Airport)

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

November 2011 Summary

The 5th warmest November on record that was also wetter than average

It was another warm month at an incredible 3.6 degrees higher than average. You have to go back to October of 2007 to find a month that was this much above average. As well, it was the warmest November since 2001 and the 5th warmest since records began in the region (the warmest was 1931 at 4.3 degrees above average).

Up until the last couple of days of the month it was looking like a dry month, however an amazing 51 mm on the 29th put us in the above average range. The final total was 106.6 mm compared to an average of 82.3 mm.

There has now been 1047.6 mm of precipitation this year, well over the average of 932.9 mm and the third most ever recorded for the end of November. However, we will have to get over 140 mm in December to beat the all time annual record.

Summary for November 2011:
Maximum Temperature 17.7°C
Minimum Temperature -4.6°C
Average Daily High Temperature 9.8°C (Long term average 5.6°C)
Average Daily Low Temperature 1.6°C (Long term average -1.6°C)
Total Precipitation 106.6 mm (Long term average 82.3 mm)

(Long term averages based on 1971-2000 data for the Waterloo Wellington Airport)