Little snow, no records in 2005

  • Jan. 4, 2006 3:00 p.m.

No records were set at the Tlell weather station during 2005, but weather watcher John Davies took the time this week to go over the highlights of the year.
The first thing that stood out about 2005 was the lack of snow, with only 5.2 mm recorded over two days in February, the lowest amount in recent years. Snowfall other years has been in the 20-30 mm range, although 2003 was also an extreme low-snow year, at 5.6 mm.
Rainfall for the year, at 1,234 mm, was similar to other years, although Mr. Davies said he believes average rainfall is slowly going up.
The lowest temperature recorded last year was minus 10 on the morning of Jan. 22. Mr. Davies said that is low (although not the lowest ever), but it was also an aberration – the next lowest temperature recorded was minus 6.
August was the warmest month of 2005, and the peak temperature of the year was reached on Aug. 18 at 26.5 degrees. The average temperature in August was 19.8 degrees and in July 18.8 degrees, Mr. Davies said. However, 2004 had even warmer average temperatures, at 20 for July and 20.8 for August.
Meanwhile, this past December was exceptionally warm. Although there was a low of minus 5.5 early in the month, part of a five-day cold snap, temperatures rebounded and the average for the month ended up at plus 5.5.
“It was a much warmer December,” Mr. Davies said, compared to 2004’s average of just 4 degrees. “This time of year is warmer than it should be.”

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