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March 16, 2013

Bright Sunshine Canada February 2013

Filed under: Environment Canada Data,Sunshine — sunshinehours1 @ 1:30 PM
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Once upon a time, there were over 250 weather stations collecting bright sunshine data in Canada each month.

Alas we are now down to 7 stations. In 3 provinces. And only 5 of the 7 are considered reliable enough or old enough to have “% of Normals” calculated.

February 2013 was pretty gloomy in BC where sunshine was around 60% of normal  (the 1971-2000 average).

Goose Airport in NFLD was 3% sunnier than normal. Wiarton Airport in Ontario was gloomiest at 54% of normal.

Province Station Year Month Bright Sunshine Hours Bright Sunshine % of Normal
BC VICTORIA INTL A 2013 2 55 61
BC COMOX A 2013 2 53 62
BC VANCOUVER INTL A 2013 2 50 59
ONT WIARTON A 2013 2 50 54
ONT TORONTO LESTER B. PEARSO 2013 2 82 NA
NFLD CARTWRIGHT 2013 2 102 NA
NFLD GOOSE A 2013 2 130 103

 

Update: Eureka Top 15 Sunshine Months From the Past (See comment)

Province Station Year Month Bright Sunshine Hours Bright Sunshine % of Normal
NU EUREKA 1987 5 667 134
NU EUREKA 1989 5 632 127
NU EUREKA 1973 5 621 125
NU EUREKA 1991 5 593 120
NU EUREKA 1997 6 586 NA
NU EUREKA 2005 5 574 116
NU EUREKA 1976 5 573 115
NU EUREKA 2002 5 567 114
NU EUREKA 1981 6 565 141
NU EUREKA 1998 5 564 114
NU EUREKA 1988 7 563 156
NU EUREKA 1975 5 554 112
NU EUREKA 1981 5 548 111
NU EUREKA 1974 5 544 110
NU EUREKA 1972 5 543 109
NU EUREKA 1979 5 543 109
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5 Comments »

  1. When I worked at Eureka NWT., 1979-80, we recorded sunshine hours, and in May 1979 i think we recorded about 550+ hours of bright sunshine that month…stayed with me all these years, as it was about 23-24 days worth of straight sunshine when you added up all the hours. I seem to recall that it was very high and unusual though.

    Comment by Lance — March 17, 2013 @ 11:43 AM | Reply

    • Lance, good memory. See the update to the post.

      Wow. Sure looks like a place to get a great sunshine fix is May in Eureka!

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — March 17, 2013 @ 12:32 PM | Reply

  2. Wow, it had some good years after I left!!! Must be the perfect time, spring is just starting, fjords are starting to melt, but not much open water quite yet, and the air must be pretty stable…

    Comment by Lance — March 17, 2013 @ 6:35 PM | Reply


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