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March 5, 2014

Canada February 2014 – Monthly Mean Temperature Anomalies Mapped

Filed under: Canada,Environment Canada Data — sunshinehours1 @ 10:43 AM
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I have mapped the February 2014 mean temperature anomalies in the Environment Canada monthly summaries that have “normals”. The anomalies are calculated from selected stations based on the 1971-2000 average.

The size if the dot represents the size of the anomaly. The 5C black dot in the top left hand corner represents 5C difference from “normal”. Red dots are warmer than normal. Blue are cooler. And Green are 0.

Most of the prairies averaged 5C or more below “normal”. Click for bigger.

EC Canada Mean Temp Anomaly February 2014

 

February 11, 2014

Canada January 2014 – Monthly Anomalies Mapped

Filed under: Canada,Environment Canada Data — sunshinehours1 @ 5:54 PM
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I have mapped the January 2014 anomalies in the Environment Canada monthly summaries that have “normals”. The anomalies are calculated from selected stations based on the 1971-2000 average.

The size if the dot represents the size of the anomaly. The 5C black dot in the top left hand corner represents 5C difference from “normal”. Red dots are warmer than normal. Blue are cooler. And Green are 0.

Not much sign of the Polar Vortex in BC and Alberta for January. A big change from December.

EC MonthlyNormalsTemperature2014-01

February 6, 2014

Canada 1930- Monthly Anomalies Mapped

Filed under: Canada,Environment Canada Data — sunshinehours1 @ 4:29 AM
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Yesterday I mapped the anomalies for 2013 using the Environment Canada monthly summaries that have “normals”. The anomalies are calculated from selected stations based on the 1971-2000 average.

Today I thought … why not 1930. I picked 1930 because I know the dustbowl occurred in the 1930s. So I assumed it would be warm at times. Remember, this is the anomaly from the 1971-2000 averages. It started out cold, but December was 3.21C warmer!

An example of the effect of the dustbowl. “In 1928, the net Farming income was $363 million; by 1933, it dropped to $11 million; and by 1937, two-thirds of the farm population of Saskatchewan was destitute.”

Click for a bigger version. (The black dot in the top left corner represents a 5C difference. Red = hotter than 1971-2000. Blue = colder.

MonthlyNormals_1930

February 5, 2014

Canada 2013 – Monthly Anomalies Mapped

Filed under: Canada,Environment Canada Data — sunshinehours1 @ 7:13 AM
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I have mapped the anomalies in the Environment Canada monthly summaries that have “normals”. The anomalies are calculated from selected stations based on the 1971-2000 average.

The 5C black dot in the top left hand corner represents 5C difference from “normal”. Red dots are warmer than normal. Blue are cooler. And Green are 0.

April was cold. December ended up very cold across the country.

There is an animated gif at the top showing all months of 2013. You may have to refresh this page or click on the gif to get the full effect.

MonthlyNormals_2013

EC MonthlyNormals 2013-01
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-02
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-03
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-04
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-05
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-06
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-07
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-08
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-09
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-10
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-11
EC MonthlyNormals 2013-12

June 8, 2013

Canada May 2013 – Daily Mean Temperature Anomaly Map

Filed under: Canada — sunshinehours1 @ 9:10 AM
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Update: See bottom map for fun.

Using the stations in Canada with Environment Canada calculated anomalies, here is the month of May visualized using the mean temperature for each station for each day.

You might have to click on the image or refresh the page to restart it.

The black circle in the top left corner represents a 5 Celsius anomaly from the 1971-2000 average.

Blue are below normal. Red above.

DailyNormals_2013-05

I thought I would map just the stations that were exactly average just for fun:

DailyNormals0_2013-05

May 14, 2013

Wind Farms Above The Law Eagle Killers

Filed under: bird slaughterers,Evil Environmentalists — sunshinehours1 @ 7:30 AM
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“It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America’s green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm’s spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground.

Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It’s also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines.

But the administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company, even those that flout the law repeatedly. Instead, the government is shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/ap-impact-wind-farms-pass-eagle-deaths-19173724

 

May 3, 2013

Canada April 2013 – Really, Really Cold in the Middle

Filed under: Canada,Environment Canada Data — sunshinehours1 @ 6:33 PM
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According to the Environment Canada “Normals” (the stations EC calculates anomalies for) , Canada was colder than the 1971-2000 average in April 2013.

The mean of all the “Normals” was -1.83C colder than 1971-2000 average.

If you look in the top left corder of the anomaly map and note the black circle represents 5C anomalies. Blue is colder than normal. Red is warmer.

The middle of the country was really, really cold. What little warmth there was, was concentrated in a handful of arctic stations.

And many of the stations had values too small to really show up on the map.

The anomaly map for April 2013 follows. Click to make it bigger.

EC Normals 0x0 2013-04

Where do I get the data? From Environment Canada monthly summaries.

The URL for April 2013 BC data is here. You can replace BC with nothing (PROV=) or SASK or MAN etc.

I use the data with a D column  value because EC calculates the anomalies for me. And because they are supposed to be better/long stations.

April 3, 2013

Canada March 2013 – Really Cold in the Middle

Filed under: Canada,Environment Canada Data — sunshinehours1 @ 7:58 PM
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According to the Environment Canada “Normals” (the stations EC calculates anomalies for) , Canada was colder than the 1971-2000 average in March 2013.

The mean of all the “Normals” was -.55C colder than 1971-2000 average.

If you look in the top left corder of the anomaly map and note the black circle represents 5C anomalies. Blue is colder than normal. Red is warmer.

The middle of the country was really, really cold. The warmth was concentrated in the far east and a couple of arctic stations.

And many of the stations had values too small to really show up on the map.

The anomaly map for Mar 2013 follows. Click to make it bigger.

EC Normals 0x0 2013-03

Where do I get the data? From Environment Canada monthly summaries.

The URL for March 2013 BC data is here. You can replace BC with ALL or SASK of MAN etc.

I use the data with a D column  value because EC calculates the anomalies for me. And because they are supposed to be better/long stations.

March 20, 2013

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Only 1.4% Lower Than 1981-2010 Mean

Filed under: Arctic Sea Ice — sunshinehours1 @ 9:02 AM
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Did you know that the Arctic Sea Ice Extent is only 1.4% lower than the 1981 – 2010 mean?

NSIDC data says that on March 19 (day 78) Arctic Sea Ice Extent was 15.09 million sq km. The mean for 1981-2010 for day 78 is 15.30 million sq km.

Wow. Only 1.4% below normal. Has that made the news?

 

Arctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Anomaly_Pct

Arctic Data from here.

March 15, 2013

Conservation group sues to stop California solar plant

Filed under: Mockery,solar — sunshinehours1 @ 11:46 PM
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It’s only fair …

“LOS ANGELES – A U.S. conversation group has sued the federal government over its approval of a major solar power plant in the California desert, the latest in a string of challenges to the nation’s renewable energy goals from the environmental community.

According to court papers, the non-profit Western Watersheds Project alleged U.S. regulators approved Brightsource Energy’s 370-megawatt Ivanpah solar energy plant without conducting adequate environmental reviews, and asked the court to order the defendants to withdraw their approvals.”

“”In an ill-conceived rush to accommodate massive renewable energy projects … the federal defendants precipitously approved unnecessarily destructive energy development of the California Desert Conservation Area without first conducting adequate environmental reviews.The complaint said the project’s approval process failed to analyze and mitigate the Ivanpah plant’s impact on migratory birds, the desert tortoise, which is a threatened species under federal law, desert bighorn sheep, groundwater resources and rare plants.“”

Original Article

 

 

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