My daily routine in the morning is to get the daily satellite information, check out interesting pressure distributions and ocean temperatures. Suzanne jokes that after my first coffee I know what the weather is everywhere but outside our own house! So after a cool spring, I decided to learn a little more about Banff’s weather history.
To do this I used Environment Canada data. It isn’t easy to manipulate with their site so I took sunshinehours (a fellow bloggers) advice and transferred the EC data to an Excel spreadsheet which then allows more flexibility.
Each data point is mean monthly temperature. Quite a few things jumped out at me.
1) There appears to be rough cyclical variations
2) The large scale La Niña and El Niño events are less pronounced
3) Most variation is constrained within +/- 2 degrees
4) There was more extreme variation in the 80s compared to the 2000’s
5) Total absence of warming trend
6) Away from land use changes and urban heating effects Banff’s isolated station shows none of the warming found in many urban stations.
I put a trend line up for entertainment purposes only. Climate systems do not operate in a linear fashion so trends have no physical meaning in the real world. But we do see that spring has been getting colder in Banff over the last 30 years.
So unfortunately, we are just wimps with short memories! April wasn’t even as cold as it was just 2 years ago! Perhaps the difference this year was being more anxious to mountain bike than I was in 2011.
May has been wonderful with warm temperatures. We caught the last day of the year at the Lake Louise resort. Skiing in a T-shirt is pretty fun when it’s +15 degrees! Last day at the resort has a party atmosphere with lots of outlandish costumes. I made a token effort and had a multi-coloured feather boa around my neck.