sunshine hours

March 17, 2013

Once Upon A Time – 667 Hours of Bright Sunshine in A Month

Once upon a time Environment Canada used to collect bright sunshine data for well over 250 weather stations. Now they are down to 7.

One commenter told us about experiencing over 500 hours of sunshine in one month when he was up in Eureka Nunavut (it was NWT when he was there).

I thought I would post the top 50 sunniest months (total hours of bright sunshine) ever in Canada. Of course they are all in the far north of Canada.

The winner is Eureka. 667 hours of bright sunshine in May of 1987. Sadly Eureka no longer collects bright sunshine data (it stopped around May 2005)

The highest sunshine total for a weather station not in the north is VICTORIA GONZALES HTS. 425 hours of bright sunshine for July 1958. See table at bottom for non-northern stations.

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 ALERT 2003 7 576 196
NWT INUVIK UA 2004 6 574 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 ALERT 1981 5 547 131
NU EUREKA 1974 5 544 110
NU EUREKA 1972 5 543 109
NU ISACHSEN 1973 5 543 NA
NU EUREKA 1979 5 543 109
NU RESOLUTE CARS 1970 5 536 172
NU EUREKA 1988 5 535 108
NU EUREKA 1985 5 532 107
NU EUREKA 1990 6 531 133
NWT SACHS HARBOUR A 1958 6 529 146
NU ALERT 1985 5 529 126
NWT AKLAVIK A 1959 6 526 NA
NU EUREKA 1980 5 521 105
NU ALERT 1972 5 514 123
NU EUREKA 2001 5 512 103
NWT SACHS HARBOUR A 1984 6 510 141
NWT INUVIK UA 2003 6 508 NA
NU EUREKA 2003 7 506 139
NU EUREKA 2004 4 506 144
NU ALERT 1987 4 503 146
NU ALERT 2000 5 503 120
NU EUREKA 1978 7 498 138
NU EUREKA 1971 6 495 124
NU EUREKA 2000 6 495 124
NU RESOLUTE CARS 1988 7 492 166
NU EUREKA 1970 5 491 99
NU ALERT 1971 5 491 117
NU EUREKA 1996 5 490 99
NU EUREKA 1977 6 489 122
NU EUREKA 1995 5 488 98
NU ALERT 1974 6 487 151
NU EUREKA 1969 5 486 98
NU EUREKA 1987 7 486 135
NU EUREKA 1983 5 484 98
NU ALERT 1979 5 483 115

Top 50 Non-Northern Bright Sunshine Stations

Province Station Year Month Bright Sunshine Hours Bright Sunshine % of Normal
BC VICTORIA GONZALES HTS 1958 7 425 130
BC VICTORIA INTL A 1985 7 422 131
ALTA MANYBERRIES CDA 1985 7 414 115
BC CRANBROOK A 1985 7 413 130
ALTA MEDICINE HAT A 1991 7 413 118
BC VICTORIA GONZALES HTS 1960 7 411 125
MAN RIVERS A 1960 7 410 NA
BC SATURNA ISLAND CS 1985 7 410 NA
BC SAANICHTON CDA 1958 7 406 139
SASK SWIFT CURRENT CDA 1967 7 403 130
ALTA MANYBERRIES CDA 1988 7 401 111
QUE INUKJUAK UA 1996 7 401 177
BC NANAIMO A 1958 7 400 137
SASK MOOSE JAW A 1967 7 400 121
BC VICTORIA GONZALES HTS 1984 7 400 122
BC COWICHAN BAY CHERRY POIN 1958 7 398 NA
BC PRINCETON A 1985 7 398 131
MAN THE PAS A 1964 6 397 139
SASK ESTEVAN A 1967 7 397 119
MAN DAUPHIN A 1974 6 397 145
BC NANAIMO A 1985 7 397 136
BC ANAHIM LAKE 5 MILE RANCH 1985 7 397 NA
BC VERNON 1985 7 397 127
BC CASTLEGAR A 1985 7 397 134
ALTA SUFFIELD A 1953 7 396 120
SASK ESTEVAN A 1964 7 396 118
MAN DELTA MARSH CS 1974 6 396 141
SASK MOOSE JAW A 1985 7 396 119
ALTA MEDICINE HAT A 1953 7 395 112
ALTA VAUXHALL CDA 1960 7 395 NA
ALTA BROOKS AHRC 1969 8 395 133
ALTA LETHBRIDGE CDA 1973 7 395 118
SASK BAD LAKE IHD 102 1984 7 395 NA
BC WILLIAMS LAKE A 1985 7 395 133
ALTA MEDICINE HAT A 1985 7 395 112
SASK SWIFT CURRENT A 1994 7 395 116
ALTA VAUXHALL CDA 1959 7 394 NA
SASK SASKATOON U OF S 1959 7 394 NA
ALTA LETHBRIDGE CDA 1967 7 394 118
SASK WEYBURN 1967 7 394 112
BC ABBOTSFORD A 1985 7 394 139
BC TRAIL TADANAC 1985 7 394 NA
BC KAMLOOPS A 1985 7 394 127
SASK REGINA A 1967 7 393 119
SASK SASKATOON U OF S 1960 7 392 NA
ALTA LETHBRIDGE CDA 1969 8 392 134
BC SAANICHTON CDA 1985 7 392 134
SASK WEYBURN 1985 7 392 111
ALTA SUFFIELD A 1963 7 391 119
ALTA SUFFIELD A 1967 7 391 119
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1 Comment »

  1. You might want to update this list! ….

    “July 2013 in Victoria has officially entered the record books as the sunniest July on record, with 432.8 hours of sunshine, leaving the old mark of 421.5 hours from 1985 in the summer dust.”

    http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/rain-in-victoria-after-record-breaking-sun-in-july-1.567960

    Comment by Glacier — October 11, 2013 @ 10:31 AM | Reply


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