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How Accurate are our Weather Memories February 6 2024

How Accurate are our Weather Memories February 6 2024

How Accurate are our Weather Memories

It’s never this hot in June!

Free Snow Winter photo and pictureWe always have a lot of snow in December!

The lake is always frozen before Christmas!

Does it ever rain this much in the summer!

It is so hot and dry this summer, I never remember a year like it!

It so grey, where are our Cariboo blue sky days!

I think we have all made these kinds of comments, especially when we are hoping for a different weather outcome.

With the unusual weather we have had this winter I thought to look back in my journals and see if they tell the same story.  There is never one thing or one time that reflects the weather that we have daily.  Many seasonal trends, changing climatic rhythms, man-made and natural phenomena play a part as well.

I have chosen to look at January 29th.  This year it was so warm I could do my neighbourhood walk in just a T-Shirt, there is no snow on the ground, and the small creeks in the area are running.  This is something that I never remember happening.  My journals go back to 2007.  Let’s see what kind of a story they tell.

Year Daytime high Overnight low sky cover snowfall

  • 2007 -0.3 -11.5 cloudy 1 cm.
  • 2008 -13 -30 cloudy .5 cm.
  • 2009-0.0-7.5cloudy/sunny periods
  • 2010 .7 -.1 cloudy trace
  • 2011 -5.8 -10 cloudy/sunny periods trace
  • 2012 +4.0 -1.0 cloudy/sunny periods melting
  • 2013 -3.6 -5.3 cloudy 5 cm.
  • 2014 -1.2 -5.7 cloudy 3 cm.
  • 2015+0.2-6.7cloudy/sunny periods
  • 2016 +1.4 -5.1 cloudy 1 cm.
  • 2017+5.5-0.8cloudy/sunny periods
  • 2018 -3 -12 cloudy/sunny periods 5 cm.
  • 2019-3-18.2cloudy/sunny periods
  • 2020 +4.3 -5.2 cloudy/sunny periods trace
  • 2021 -3.6 -11.4 cloudy/sunny periods
  • 2022 +0.3 -5.2 cloudy
  • 2023     -9.7 -20.7 cloudy/sunny periods
  • 2024+9.1+4.6cloudy/sunny periodsflurry

Though there are some above freezing temperatures, I think these records indicate a very great change from our normal winter.  We entered the winter with little rainfall and currant snowfalls are insignificant.

Free Winter Landscape Sunset photo and picture

There has never been enough snow this winter to build a snow house or to go cross-country or downhill  skiing.  Even sledding was mostly on frozen grass this year.

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