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April 4, 2013

Bright Sunshine Canada March 2013

Filed under: Environment Canada Data,Sunshine — sunshinehours1 @ 12:26 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.

March 2013 was pretty sunny in BC (really Vancouver Island / Vancouver) where sunshine was around 115% of normal  (the 1971-2000 average).

(I’m not sure why Vancouver has an NA for % of normal as it usually has a value )

I think most of the sunshine arrived the last week of March.

Goose A was pretty gloomy. 61% of normal.

Province Station Year Month Bright Sunshine Hours Bright Sunshine % of Normal
BC VICTORIA INTL A 2013 3 160 112
BC COMOX A 2013 3 144 115
BC VANCOUVER INTL A 2013 3 156 NA
ONT WIARTON A 2013 3 130 88
ONT TORONTO LESTER B. PEARSO 2013 3 146 NA
NFLD CARTWRIGHT 2013 3 58 NA
NFLD GOOSE A 2013 3 82 61
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6 Comments »

  1. Here’s one for you… The coldest temperature recorded in BC over this past winter (including November and March) was a -37 reading at Charlie Lake (near Fort St John). This past winter the first time that the temperature had not dropped below -37 in BC since the winter of 1925/26 when the coldest reading in BC (Hudson Hope) never dropped below -30.

    BTW, the season of 1925/26 was so mild that Victoria made it through the entire winter without dropping below +1, marking the first and only time this has ever happened anywhere in Canada.

    Comment by Glacier — April 4, 2013 @ 2:42 PM | Reply

  2. As for sunshine, I have done some research on sunshine in BC by comparing apples to apples (same year vs same year). From this data, Victoria and Cranbrook are the sunniest places in the province, but in March Puntzi Mountain is the sunniest place (followed closely by Fort St John and Fort Nelson). Counter-intuitively, Victoria, the most southerly place in BC, gets more sunshine than anyone during the summer, while the most northern weather stations, Fort St John and Fort Nelson, are near the top for sunshine during the winter. Only the Chilcotin area of the province (Puntzi Mountain and Anahim Lake), situated in the central interior, is sunnier than Fort St John during the winter.

    Comment by Glacier — April 4, 2013 @ 3:12 PM | Reply


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