June 1, 2015 – Where is the rain?

Historically, at least since I’ve lived in Central Alberta, the end of May and early June is usually wet.  Here is looking back at the records I’ve measured:

Year  May  June  July
2005 21mm  158mm 53mm
2006 57mm  87mm 37mm
2007 102mm  101mm 21mm
2008 90mm  100mm 67mm
2009 5mm  37mm 51mm
2010 49mm  77mm 63mm
2011 75mm  102mm 49mm
2012 75mm  116mm 102mm
2013 87mm  132mm 31mm
2014 73mm  152mm 27mm
2015 31mm  ?mm ?mm

Few graphs showing the data: (click to enlarge)

RainFall2005-2015-Graph1

RainFall2005-2015-Graph2

RainFall2005-2015-Graph3

 

My predictions: Going to be a dry summer.  Maybe 70-90mm for June?

Interesting that since 2009 our June rainfall total has continue to rise each year by 20mm or more.  Is that due to more cloud seeding?

Creative view of wind patterns flow in USA

View large amount of data quickly and meaningful can be difficult to do.  Some bright minds have come up with an interesting way in showingcurrent wind flow over  the United States.  Just need a Canada version now.

 

Check it out here: http://hint.fm/wind/

Sample Image (Website link has animated version):

Warm Winter

Couple of website for historic data view that I’ve been using for a while and thought I would pass them along to you.

 

Data for graphs below were provided from Alberta AgroClimatic Information Services.

Click on image to enlarge.

The average temperature this past winter has been a good couple degrees warmer than the historic average.

Looking at the lowest temperatures…

 

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day weather predictions have been going on for centuries.  The following information is from the book “Weather Wisdom” by Albert Lee (ISBN 0-385-01770-7). The date February 2 originally was known as Candlemas Day which began in the early days of Catholicism as the feast of the purification of Mary.  This date for  was believed to be a “weather breeder”, a period of change in which future weather patterns are set.

February 2 in our neck of the woods was a clear sunny day.  So according to weather folklore,

“If Candlemas Day be fine and clear,
We shall have winter half the year.” 

With our winter so far being very warm and pleasant for the most part, guess we are due for winter weather.  So this probably means spring will be colder than normal.

 

Spotlight Project:A History of the Sky for One Year

A very intriguing project done in San Francisco with time lapse photography and weather patterns. Each square displays the day’s sky video in sequence with all the other days that year.  The mosaic becomes a beautiful moving display of art created by nature.

Website: http://www.murphlab.com/2011/11/15/a-history-of-the-sky-for-one-year/

Technical information: http://murphlab.com/hsky/

 

View HD version, click here and then select full screen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNln_me-XjI&feature=youtu.be&hd=1