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A ‘Colder Than Average’ December in Prince George: Environment Canada

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 @ 11:26 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Last month was cold in Prince George, but not cold enough to break any records.

Alyssa Charbonneau, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the average temperature last month was minus 12.2 degrees, much cooler than the average December temperature of minus 7.2. cold

“And that would rank it as the 13th coldest December in Prince George (with records going back to 1945). And as far as precipitation goes, there was 25.8 centimetres, which is 58.8 per cent of the normal precipitation for the month.”

She says the coldest average temperature in Prince George for December on record was minus 16.4 in 1984 while the highest was minus 1 in 1992.

Charbonneau notes the coldest December day on record was minus 45.6 on Dec. 16, 1964. That’s way colder than the coldest days in 2016 – Dec. 14 and Dec. 16 when the average low for both days was minus 24.8.

She adds last month likely felt colder than normal because the average low in December 2015 was a significantly warmer minus 5.8.

Charbonneau attributes the plunging temperatures to “some outbreaks of Arctic air” for about two weeks the middle part of the month.

So, can we expect the chilly temperatures to persist through January?

“It’s hard to say for the whole month but what I can say is for the first week, yes. It’s gonna be pretty cold today. Things will warm up a little bit as we get towards the latter part of the week and by warm up you’re looking at highs of minus 11 and lows of around minus 13,” she says.

“But by the weekend, that Arctic front will push southward once again and it looks like we’re going to be returning to some of those cold temperatures again on Sunday with highs of minus 22 and lows of minus 29.”



And as far as precipitation goes, there was 25.8 millimetres


I assume that should be 25.8 centimetres, not millimetres?

Regardless, you guys got off easy. We got just over 100 centimetres of snow in December, LOL.


“As anthropogenic climate change continues to warm our climate system, we have seen new records for warmth set several times in this first part of the 21st century. This year is no exception and is on track to set records both globally and here in BC as one of the warmest years on record”. Courtesy UVic Pacific Climate Impact Symposium in late December 2016.

Also in December, the US National Sea Ice Data Centre noted that sea ice (Arctic and Antarctic combined) is at a record low.

Cold weather in Prince George notwithstanding, the big picture looks different.


    A lot of people confuse ‘weather’ and ‘climate’. “It’s cold in PG today so the polar ice caps are not melting” mentality.

      Not to mention the fact that “warmer” simply means a increase in temperature. It doesn’t mean that it’s warm outside based on people’s normal perception of what “warm” is.

      For example, -25 is warmer than -27. By most people’s standards, however, it’s still very cold.

    I agree completely CL. Scientists predicted another polar vortex, just like the one last year that saw near record cold temperatures right into the US, while the Artic saw record warm temperatures that winter. It’s happening again. Look carefully at the first temperature map in the following link, see the warm temperature colours (green and blue) in the Arctic, what is even more alarming is how warm Greenland is (December 16th) where the white colour temperatures are, that is above freezing!

    ht p://mashable.com/2016/12/09/polar-vortex-arctic-outbreaks-coming/

“UAH temperature anomalies dropped sharply in December, from 0.45C to 0.24C, and are now back to December 2014 levels.

This means that 2016 ended up only 0.021C warmer than 1998, an insignificant amount, but one which makes last year technically the warmest in the satellite record beginning in 1979:”

ht tps://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/

“The Hottest Year on Record? A lot of hot air, more like–Booker
JANUARY 1, 2017”

ht tps://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/the-hottest-year-on-record-a-lot-of-hot-air-more-like-booker/

“The Antarctic Has Been Warmer Than Now For Most Of The Last 8000 Years”

ht tps://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/the-antarctic-has-been-warmer-than-now-for-most-of-the-last-8000-years/

“It is becoming clear that not only do many scientists dispute the asserted global warming crisis, but these skeptical scientists may indeed form a scientific consensus.”

Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis

ht tp://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2013/02/13/peer-reviewed-survey-finds-majority-of-scientists-skeptical-of-global-warming-crisis/#77c1fb2171b7

    This paragraph speaks volumes:

    “Another interesting aspect of this new survey is that it reports on the beliefs of scientists themselves rather than bureaucrats who often publish alarmist statements without polling their member scientists. We now have meteorologists, geoscientists and engineers all reporting that they are skeptics of an asserted global warming crisis, yet the bureaucrats of these organizations frequently suck up to the media and suck up to government grant providers by trying to tell us the opposite of what their scientist members actually believe.”

      I had a look at that article and the way I read it, all of the respondent groups believe that climate change is occurring. The issues seemingly up for debate are the extent to which it is natural or human caused, as well as the impact that climate change will have on the planet and by default, us.

      Even if it were to be determined that climate change is 100% natural (highly unlikely, even based on the article you quoted as the overwhelming majority believe that climate change is both natural and human caused), are you proposing that we should not try to understand its impacts on us and develop options on how to mitigate or reduce those impacts?

      In the more likely scenario that climate change is at least partially impacted by human activity, would it not stand to reason that we should again try to understand the impacts and alter our behaviour so that those impacts are limited?

      The only scenario in which “no action” seems to make any sense (regardless of whether climate change is caused by people or it’s a natural phenomena), is if you believe that climate change has no adverse impact on us. That seems like a rather dubious conclusion to arrive at. One could argue that it even flies in the face of common sense or anecdotal observation, let alone more structured analysis.

      You are wasting your time with these three NMG.

      ht tp://rackjite.com/wp-content/uploads/rr11314iii1.jpg

      NMG, I believe that the alarmists are overstating man’s impact on climate change and that they are also overstating man’s ability to have an affect on reducing climate change.

      The climate is changing because the climate always has and always will change. The bureaucrats of the mentioned organizations are doing very well sucking up grant money left, right and centre!

      Why is it that the words of these bureaucrats are taken as gospel while anybody disagreeing in even the slightest way is labelled a denier?

      As the article stated in my earlier post: We now have meteorologists, geoscientists and engineers all reporting that they are skeptics of an asserted global warming crisis, yet the bureaucrats of these organizations frequently suck up to the media and suck up to government grant providers by trying to tell us the opposite of what their scientist members actually believe.”

      We have meteorologists, geoscientists and engineers all reporting that they are skeptics of an asserted global warming crisis! Why are the alarmists dismissing the opinions of these groups of people?

      Why is it not possible to have an open discussion about man’s effect on what some perceive to be “global warming” or “climate change”, without being labelled as a denier, etc. if on the side that suggests that things are not nearly as bad as some want to believe?

      NMG, a short time ago, I commented that I had recently come across a photo taken of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier in 1909. The photographer was Mary Vaux Walcott. Her bio is available online. The photo is also available on line (White Museum of the Canadian Rockies V653-PS-118) by following this link and scrolling down the page a bit.

      ht tp://www.experiencemountainparks.com/mary-vaux-walcott-wildflower-aficionado/

      I compared her photo to one that I personally took in September of 2015, only 16 months ago. My photo, taken in 2015, showed slightly more than her photo taken back in 1909, long before man had had any “perceived” effect on the climate!

      Those are the facts demonstrated in the comparison of the two photos!

      As far as I am concerned, the climate is changing, as it always has and as it always will. However, I am not about to lose my mind like some of the alarmists, unless someone can prove to me that man is having a major impact on the climate and more importantly prove to me that man has any ability to stop climate change!

      Climate change as far as I am concerned, is bigger and more powerful than “man” and it will do what it wants to do, whether we approve or not, and certainly regardless of the massive amounts of money that the alarmists want to spend on their pet projects!

      One glacier? Here, knock yourself out!

      ht tps://weather.com/science/environment/news/glaciers-then-and-now

      So BH are you saying there always were glaciers and are you saying they were always static?

      About your weather channel

      ht tps://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/what-the-weather-channel-dont-want-you-to-know-about-glaciers/

      I can counter you any time.

      hey I followed dogma but have the ability to question. The ability to question sadly is lost on those graduating from the liberal left progressive education institutions of today. If you do question the dogma you will be put down. So keep your head down and march in step.

      When it comes to global warming claims, there is always tit for tat!

      ‘Global warming the greatest scam in history’ claims founder of Weather Channel’

      ht tp://www.express.co.uk/news/clarifications-corrections/526191/Climate-change-is-a-lie-global-warming-not-real-claims-weather-channel-founder

    NMG by your post it shows you have no understanding of the issues. Yes there is climate change, it has been both warmer and colder than the present. Also evidence is now pointing to a cooling climate. No one is arguing for no climate research but the biased research is all about human caused. How does one separate human caused from natural when natural is not by any means understood.

    The issue is the money spent chasing c02 when there is no evidence there is an issue. Show me the evidence of AGW or even CAGW. Money is being redirected from real climate science to chasing pseudoscience. The money is in pseudoscience.

    Thirty years of dire climate predictions and not one has come true. Just like some religious cult popping up now and again yelling the end is nigh.

    What do you think of carbon tax? Ever give it any thought or do you trust politicians without question?

      I’m not overly convinced that, in their current form, carbon taxes will accomplish much of anything.

      That doesn’t mean that I agree with the position that climate change is not impacted by human activity and/or that it has or will have no detrimental impacts on us.

I for one enjoy the warmer winters, why should we be freezing 7 months year for all to be right in the world? The greenies should be rejoicing as we use less fossil fuels to keep warm, it is “win win”!

Warmers must be happy, it’s cold.

Homeless out in the cold and dear leader giving money away to despot countries. The man has no values and will us the carbon tax to fund his way with our money to a Nobel peace prize of some sort. That prize given to some despots of the world. No conscience, no values.

This well renowned climate scientist has more guts than the whole climate bunch up the hill put together.

“Climatologist Dr. Judith Curry in 2017: ‘My fall from the ivory tower that started in 2005 is now complete’
‘The deeper reasons [for resignation] have to do with my growing disenchantment with universities, the academic field of climate science and scientists.'”

ht tp://www.climatedepot.com/2017/01/03/craziness-in-climate-field-leads-dissenter-dr-judith-curry-to-resign-i-have-resigned-my-tenured-faculty-position-at-georgia-tech/

Amongst all the arguments , Tesla , is becoming an energy company that is going to eat everyone else’s lunch . They are already number one for solar in the USA . RTF January 8th .

Ataloss I am still waiting.

Waiting for you is like waiting for US intelligence services to prove Russian hacking.

In the US solar generation is .5% of total and that is only if the sun is shining>

    .5% = BS . September 2016 for distributed solar power was at 1.27 % . That doesn’t count off grid or water heaters . Try and keep up . In know it’s hard to fathom because exponential growth is happening so fast . If you look at the graph . It looks like eighteen months or so will be the next double closing in on 3% for distributed solar alone .

      Still waiting.

      Don’t forget the backup generation when the sun don’t shine.

      Output from installed capacity runs about 17%.

      Still waiting on your details.

I’m curious, how many States have implemented or are contemplating the implementation of a Carbon Tax?

With 10 times our population and undoubtedly more fossil fuel use, they have the ability to reducing manmade CO2 emissions to a greater degree than Canada. So, out of 50 States, how many?

Carbontax.org California alone out numbers canada . States with carbon taxes out number Canadians by a factor of five and growing . You’ve got to read more facts and less fake news sites .

    Well Ataloss would you be okay paying the high cost of electricity in California a result of Jerry moonbean Brown the gov, shutting down cheaper generation for inefficient costly unreliable wind solar.
    Hey paying tens of thousands then makes sense to nail some solar on your roof.

    hey Anthony Watts who you demonize has solar and drives an electric car, how’s your setup doing? Still waiting.

    Tesla down 1.5 billion, deliveries down 12%. Has Tesla made any money yet?

    ht tp://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/01/04/tesla-misses-deliveries-12-stock-plunges/

      The reason tesla is eating everyone’s lunch is the business model . In the states and soon coming to canada one can have an array put on your roof with nothing down , ever . This new business model is why solar has been growing exponentially at an excellerating rate .

The San Francisco Chronicle explains how a new program arising from the state’s cap-and-trade law—in which companies must pay, per ton, for their carbon pollution—is delivering solar to the poor: “Run by Oakland nonprofit Grid Alternatives, the effort will install home solar arrays in disadvantaged neighborhoods, using …May 25, 2015.

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