Mixed Numbers from Environment Canada on Yesterday’s Temp
Prince George, B.C.- So was a 97year old record high temperature record broken in Prince George yesterday? The short answer is no, instead call it a tie.Environment Canada Meteorologist Cindy Yu says even though the 24 hour conditions report listed the maximum temperature as 30.1, and the Environment Canada historical data records it as a high of 30.4, the actual maximum temperature in two areas of Prince George was 30.6.
She says Environment Canada erred when it previously reported that the record, set in 1920 was 30.3. The record was actually 30.6.
So why the discrepancy in numbers?
Yu says Environment Canada takes measurements from two of its own stations in Prince George:
- Massey Drive which recorded a high of 30.6 yesterday
- Prince George Airport, which recorded a high of 30.6
and from the Nav Canada weather station at the Airport which reported a high of 30.4.
She says Environment Canada then records the highest value as the “maximum” for the day. In this case it was 30.6 “but keep in mind that is for the Prince George area” says Yu.
So at 30.6, yesterday’s high ties the record which was set in 1920, although we don’t know in which part of the City that record was set.