Bright Sunshine Canada February 2013

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

5 thoughts on “Bright Sunshine Canada February 2013

  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.

  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…

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