January 2014 Summary

By: BwalshNLWeather , 5:11 PM GMT on February 01, 2014

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The rollercoaster weather of January 2014 is now behind us and the stats show that much of Newfoundland and Labrador was above normal for temps, especially on the Island. Snowfall amounts were below normal in Eastern Newfoundland and near normal for Western Newfoundland and Eastern Labrador. Significantly more snowfall fell in Western Labrador (nearly 2.5 times the 30 year average).

January began very cold in Newfoundland with record lows set in St. John's the first 3 days of the month. We were on track for one of the coldest months ever, but then a drastic shift in the weather pattern allowed warmer air to move over Newfoundland, specifically eastern sections where 3 days seen temperatures rise above 10 degrees, which is rare in January.

The snow depth peaked at 103 cm in St. John's during the first week of the month. Within 10 days, it was all but gone. The opposite occurred in Labrador, where the snow depth rapidly increased in the second half of the month.

Below is a summary of the January 2014 weather stats for St. John's, Gander, Deer Lake, Stephenville, Goose Bay and Wabush compared to the 1981-2010 climate averages.

St. John's Int'l Airport
January 2014 Average Max Temp: 1.2°C
1981-2010 Average January Max Temp: -0.8°C

January 2014 Extreme Max Temp: 12.2°C

January 2014 Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 18
1981-2010 January Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 12

January 2014 Days with Max Temp > 10°C: 3
1981-2010 January Days with Max Temp > 10°C: 1

January 2014 Average Min Temp: -7.4°C
1981-2010 Average January Min Temp: -8.2°C

January 2014 Extreme Min Temp: -18.4°C

January 2014 Mean Temp: -3.1°C
1981-2010 Mean January Temp: -4.5°C

January 2014 Total Rainfall: 123.0 mm
1981-2010 Average January Rainfall: 66 mm

January 2014 Total Snowfall: 74.8 cm
1981-2010 Average January Snowfall: 88.7 cm

# of Days in January 2014 with Gusts >= 100 km/h: 6

Gander
January 2014 Average Max Temp: -2.5°C
1981-2010 Average January Max Temp: -3.1°C

January 2014 Extreme Max Temp: 9.0°C

January 2014 Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 14
1981-2010 January Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 9

January 2014 Average Min Temp: -10.4°C
1981-2010 Average January Min Temp: -11.0°C

January 2014 Extreme Min Temp: -22.5°C

January 2014 Mean Temp: -6.5°C
1981-2010 Mean January Temp: -7.1°C

January 2014 Total Rainfall: 65.0 mm
1981-2010 Average January Rainfall: 26.7 mm

January 2014 Total Snowfall: 89.4 cm
1981-2010 Average January Snowfall: 95.8 cm

Deer Lake
January 2014 Average Max Temp: -2.2°C
1981-2010 Average January Max Temp: -3.6°C

January 2014 Extreme Max Temp: 8.6°C

January 2014 Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 13
1981-2010 January Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 7

January 2014 Average Min Temp: -9.8°C
1981-2010 Average January Min Temp: -13.5°C

January 2014 Extreme Min Temp: -22.4°C

January 2014 Mean Temp: -6.0°C
1981-2010 Mean January Temp: -8.6°C

January 2014 Total Rainfall: 77.3 mm
1981-2010 Average January Rainfall: 19.9 mm

January 2014 Total Snowfall: 119.6 cm
1981-2010 Average January Snowfall: 111.5 cm

Stephenville
January 2014 Average Max Temp: -1.6°C
1981-2010 Average January Max Temp: -2.4°C

January 2014 Extreme Max Temp: 8.2°C

January 2014 Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 14
1981-2010 January Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 9

January 2014 Average Min Temp: -8.3°C
1981-2010 Average January Min Temp: -9.4°C

January 2014 Extreme Min Temp: -18.9°C

January 2014 Mean Temp: -5.0°C
1981-2010 Mean January Temp: -6.0°C

January 2014 Total Rainfall: 80.1 mm
1981-2010 Average January Rainfall: 28.9 mm

January 2014 Total Snowfall: 121.4 cm
1981-2010 Average January Snowfall: 113.3 cm

Goose Bay
January 2014 Average Max Temp: -11.4°C
1981-2010 Average January Max Temp: -12.7°C

January 2014 Extreme Max Temp: 3.7°C

January 2014 Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 2
1981-2010 January Days with Max Temp > 0°C: 2

January 2014 Average Min Temp: -21.0°C
1981-2010 Average January Min Temp: -22.5°C

January 2014 Extreme Min Temp: -33.4°C

January 2014 Mean Temp: -16.2°C
1981-2010 Mean January Temp: -17.6°C

January 2014 Total Rainfall: 2.0 mm
1981-2010 Average January Rainfall: 1.5 mm

January 2014 Total Snowfall: 72.8 cm
1981-2010 Average January Snowfall: 78.6 cm

Wabush
January 2014 Average Max Temp: -15.9°C
1981-2010 Average January Max Temp: -16.7°C

January 2014 Extreme Max Temp: -0.2°C

January 2014 Average Min Temp: -27.3°C
1981-2010 Average January Min Temp: -27.8°C

January 2014 Extreme Min Temp: -43.4°C

January 2014 Mean Temp: -21.6°C
1981-2010 Mean January Temp: -22.2°C

January 2014 Total Rainfall: 2.2 mm
1981-2010 Average January Rainfall: 0.6 mm

January 2014 Total Snowfall: 141.6 cm
1981-2010 Average January Snowfall: 63.8 cm

A quick look at the expected weather in February shows temperatures well below normal for all of Newfoundland and Labrador in the first 10-14 days of the month. A moderating trend appears for the last 2 weeks of the month where temps return to near, or slightly above, normal.

The image below is from the ECMWF ensemble model showing surface temperatures at least 2-4°C below normal across NL.

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Operations Manager and Meteorologist with Ice & Environmental Services at Provincial Aerospace Ltd. I've been weather forecasting since 2000.

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