Record Warmth in Northeastern Canada, Record Cold in Northern Ireland

By: Christopher C. Burt , 7:55 PM GMT on August 26, 2014

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Record Warmth in Northeastern Canada, Record Cold in Northern Ireland

August has continued the July pattern of anomalously warm weather in Canada’s far eastern regions with a new all-time record high of 22.7°C (72.9°F) measured at Resolution Island, Nunavut on August 23rd. In contrast, Northern Ireland observed its coldest August temperature on record the morning of August 24th with a -1.9°C (28.6°F) reading.

Resolution Island (61° 36’N, 64° 38’W) is located in the normally icy Hudson Strait between the southern tip of Baffin Island and northern tip of Labrador, Newfoundland. The weather this summer has been abnormally warm in the Baffin Island and Newfoundland region in contrast to the cooler than normal conditions in western Quebec, Ontario, and the central U.S. In fact, the maximum temperature at St. John, Newfoundland during July was 0.4°C (0.7°F) warmer than the maximum observed in Toronto (City Center site) over the course of the entire month!



500 mb heights and anomalies for North America during July. Note the anomalous warmth centered over Newfoundland Island and Baffin Island. NOAA data.

St. John, the capital city of Newfoundland, enjoyed its warmest July on record with an average temperature of 20.0°C (68.0°F), some 4.2°C (7.6°F) above the normal July average of 15.8°C (60.4°F). According to local news reports, the previous July monthly record was 18.6°C (65.5°F) set during July 1874. On July 30th the temperature peaked at 29.5°C (85.1°F) short of their all-time record of 31.5°C (88.7°F) observed on July 6, 1983. So far, this August has averaged 17.0°C (62.6°F), 0.9°C (1.6°F) above the normal of 16.1°C (61.0°F).



St. John’s daily climate data for this past July. Note all the 25°C (77°F) plus days. The normal daily maximum temperature during July is 20.7°C (69.3°F) and the normal low 10.9°C (51.6°F). Table from Environment Canada.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Northern Ireland recorded its coldest August temperature on record when a reading of -1.9°C (28.6°F) was measured at Katesbridge, County Down on the morning of August 24th. The previous record was -1.1°C (30.0°F) observed at Loughermore Forest in August 1964. The coldest August temperature on record for all of the U.K. is -4.3°C (24.3°F) at Lagganlia, Scotland on August 21, 1973 (this excludes high-elevation sites such as Ben Nevis Observatory or Cairngorm).

KUDOS: Thanks to Maximiliano Herrera for Resolution Island data and bringing the above to my attention.

Christopher C. Burt
Weather Historian

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9. DCSwithunderscores
11:19 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Quoting 7. htszp:



No it's not. Not even close. Why are you just making things up?

Not only is the North Pole not closer to St. John's than Toronto is, it's more than double the distance: 2936 miles vs. 1312 miles. (http://tjpeiffer.com/crowflies.html) But without even going to the source, it should be relatively obvious that given St. John's's latitude of 47.5 - basically half way between the equator and the North Pole, that the distance to the pole would be *approximately* 24000 miles/8 = 3000 miles.


I should have been clearer as follows: St. John's is about 267 miles / 430 kilometers closer to the north pole than Toronto is to the north pole. I've changed the wording in the original comment too.
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8. ChateauChalon
8:30 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Quoting 5. maxcrc:



The previous record was -9.4C set on 27 June 1953. Meteo France maybe missed it or it has only statistics since 1960./
This is the 1953 observations book

http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/cd008A_pdf/002587 27.pdf

In reality that station had also recorded -10C near the begin of the XX century but i think there was not a Stevenson Screen and the record was never officialized. The 1953 record is found in the observations books and meteorological texts written in the past decades also.

The record was already noted in my website few hours after it occurred and few days later that of Heard Island, south of the Kerguelen, Australian Territory, with -11.5C.

www.mherrera.org/temp.htm


Thanks for the clarification, but the link to the noaa-site does not work.
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7. htszp
7:26 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Quoting 1. DCSwithunderscores:

St. John's, Newfoundland is about 1310 miles / 2109 kilometers from Toronto. St. John's is about 267 miles / 430 kilometers closer to the north pole than Toronto.


No it's not. Not even close. Why are you just making things up?

Not only is the North Pole not closer to St. John's than Toronto is, it's more than double the distance: 2936 miles vs. 1312 miles. (http://tjpeiffer.com/crowflies.html) But without even going to the source, it should be relatively obvious that given St. John's's latitude of 47.5 - basically half way between the equator and the North Pole, that the distance to the pole would be *approximately* 24000 miles/8 = 3000 miles.
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6. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:21 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
weatherhistorian has created a new entry.
5. maxcrc
5:44 PM GMT on August 29, 2014
Quoting 2. ChateauChalon:

Port aux Francais on the main island of the Kerguelen Islands, in the deep southern part of the Indian Ocean, broke its alltime minimum low on August the 4th with -9.5 %uFFFDC (14.9 %uFFFDF), the previous record was -8.9 %uFFFDC (16 %uFFFDF) on July the 7th in 1964. On August the 23rd, Port aux Francais had its alltime lowest maximum temperature with -4.0 %uFFFDC (24.8 %uFFFDF), besting the old record of August the 24th in 1959 with -2.8 %uFFFDC (27 %uFFFDF).

For more explanations about the meteorological situation, causing these temperatures, see:
http://www.meteofrance.fr/web/comprendre-la-meteo /actualites?articleId=11924514


The previous record was -9.4C set on 27 June 1953. Meteo France maybe missed it or it has only statistics since 1960./
This is the 1953 observations book

http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/cd008A_pdf/002587 27.pdf

In reality that station had also recorded -10C near the begin of the XX century but i think there was not a Stevenson Screen and the record was never officialized. The 1953 record is found in the observations books and meteorological texts written in the past decades also.

The record was already noted in my website few hours after it occurred and few days later that of Heard Island, south of the Kerguelen, Australian Territory, with -11.5C.

www.mherrera.org/temp.htm
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4. DonnieBwkGA
3:33 AM GMT on August 29, 2014
St. Johns Newfoundland looks very warm for August too.
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3. DCSwithunderscores
4:48 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Quoting 2. ChateauChalon:

Port aux Francais on the main island of the Kerguelen Islands, in the deep southern part of the Indian Ocean, broke its alltime minimum low on August the 4th with -9.5 °C (14.9 °F), the previous record was -8.9 °C (16 °F) on the July the 7th in 1964. On August the 23rd, Port aux Francais had its alltime lowest maximum temperature with -4.0 °C (24.8 °F), besting the old record of August the 24th in 1959 with -2.8 °C (27 °F).

For more explanations about the meteorological situation, causing these temperatures, see:
http://www.meteofrance.fr/web/comprendre-la-meteo /actualites?articleId=11924514


The Kerguelen Islands are the closest land to the point that is diametrically opposite the intersection of the Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Montana borders.
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2. ChateauChalon
4:18 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Port aux Francais on the main island of the Kerguelen Islands, in the deep southern part of the Indian Ocean, broke its alltime minimum low on August the 4th with -9.5 C (14.9 F), the previous record was -8.9 C (16 F) on July the 7th in 1964. On August the 23rd, Port aux Francais had its alltime lowest maximum temperature with -4.0 C (24.8 F), besting the old record of August the 24th in 1959 with -2.8 C (27 F).

For more explanations about the meteorological situation, causing these temperatures, see:
http://www.meteofrance.fr/web/comprendre-la-meteo /actualites?articleId=11924514
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1. DCSwithunderscores
6:20 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
St. John's, Newfoundland is about 1310 miles / 2109 kilometers from Toronto. St. John's is about 267 miles / 430 kilometers closer to the north pole than Toronto is to the north pole.
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Christopher C. Burt is the author of 'Extreme Weather; A Guide and Record Book'. He studied meteorology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.