Weather data collection

Weather data collection

I like to track weather and climate data. Though my instruments are non-precision they help me track daily high and low temperature, rainfall, and snowfall. I write the numbers on the calendar then transfer them to a spreadsheet, in which I keep the data in tabular and graphical form. It’s a cool way to see what happens during the month, year, and over the years since I have lived in Dresden. It’s also neat to compare against climate data collected here by Environment Canada during the years 1971-2000.

Here is the graph for January through yesterday morning. The red line is the high, the roughly corresponding line is the low, green = rain and lighted blue = snow. Up and down the temperatures have gone. Despite that big dip our average low of -6 is three degrees warmer than the historic average of -9. Another big dip looms in the next few days, which should bring that average low more in line with the historic data. The green spike is a day of rain, and we have already exceeded the average snowfall by a comfortable margin.

Winter storm

Winter storm

It seem that there is the potential for us to experience a ‘major icing event’ to use Environment Canadas’ phrase this weekend. I am a weather junkie – I surf Environment Canada, the US National Weather Service, Weather Network, Weather Underground, Intellicast.

Not out of fear or because I Freak Out about the weather. There is too much Freaking Out about the weather by weather forecasting services, I very rarely watch teh forecaster’s videos. Instead I enjoy learning about the weather, like to read the various forecasts, then try to get my own sense of what may happen.

It seems there is a high probability of some icing this weekend, so we will hunker down and settle in. I’ve requested some good movies from the library – The King’s Speech, The Madness of King George, Lawrence of Arabia, two Lord of the Rings movies, The Ides of March.

Chilly evening

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This afternoon, Faye asked me to keep an eye on the weather. Our normal low temperature for this evening is in the mid to high teens. Environment Canada predicts a low of 4. The record low for September is -3, gadzooks! It’s a clear and totally calm evening which can be a precursor for quick- and far-falling temperatures. Already 14 degrees.

A neat thing about living in a small town is that there is no ‘heat island effect’ here as there is in the middle of a large town and especially in big city environs. We are closer to the real weather, several degrees cooler than a big city so we have to pay a bit more attention to low temperature forecasts.

The more tender houseplants that are on the deck are now under the Manitoba maple where they will get protection from its canopy and should be OK. Brought in the fuchsia.

Closed the windows, I don’t think we need any fresh air tonight.

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