December 2020 was anything but normal weather-wise (which coincides well with most of 2020!) as it was very warm and wet. December temperature and precipitation anomalies were much above normal (+4.2 C and 173% respectively) in comparison with the 30-year climate normal (1981-2010) for the province.
Each month, more and more of our new recruits are signing up for CoCoRaHS assuming they will be using their often new electronic automated rain gauges. I’m sure more will be receiving these as gifts for Christmas. They are often saddened and perhaps confused by the fact that the electronic gauges don’t “cut the mustard”.
November temperatures were above normal (+2.0 C) in comparison with the 30-year climate normal (1981-2010) for the province. Precipitation in November was below normal with 79 % of the 30-year climate normal. This makes it 10 out of the last 11 months drier than normal. Climate extreme for the month: 25.1C recorded in Kouchibouguac on November 10th. A temperature at or above 25 C has never been recorded in the month of November in the province and was also warmer than the 22.9 C recorded in St.
October temperatures were near normal (-0.2 C) in comparison with the 30-year climate normal (1981-2010) for the province. Precipitation in October was also near normal with 102 % of the 30-year climate normal despite being highly variable across the province. We finally recorded (just barely!) a month in 2020 with above normal precipitation.
Hey, weather watchers! Dust off those snow boards, metre sticks and thermometers, because the IRG Weather Net will start for the 2020-2021 season on Monday, October 26, 2020, and run every morning at 7:30 a.m. Atlantic Time. Net control will be shared by Rick VE9MTB and Blair KB1UET. They will gather your local observations and send them off to Environment and Climate Change Canada. ECCC uses the reports to fine tune their predictions and issue alerts in severe weather conditions. The reports are also used by other agencies such as River Watch and news media.
September temperatures were near normal (+0.2 C) in comparison with the 30-year climate normal (1981-2010) for the province. Precipitation in September continued to be on the dry side with 69 % of the 30-year climate normal. We have yet to see a month in 2020 with above normal precipitation and the last time this happened was December 2019.
When hurricanes or tropical storms threaten, The Hurricane Watch Net activates on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, and will use either or both of these frequencies as propagation allows.
If conditions require, a CANWARN Net may be activated on all or part of the IRG system. Be sure to listen to and follow the instructions of the net control station in giving any reports - report only what is asked --and remember the important ABC's: Accuracy, Brevity & Clarity.
The first half of August was hot and very dry that transitioned to a second half which provided more near normal temperatures and two precipitation events near the end of the month that slightly improved our parched conditions.
For the month as a whole in terms of temperature, August was warmer (+0.7 C) than the 30-year climate normal (1981-2010) for the province.