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April: Generally Warmer And Drier Than Normal

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Taking a peek at the April numbers, the month was on average, one degree above normal, with below normal precipitation.  However, there was quite a bit of spatial and temporal variability. Sydney was quite dry (almost one-third), and Fredericton was wet (50% above normal).  As well, there were some very chilly stretches, followed by periods with record breaking warm days.

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Looking ahead, while the forecast for May is near normal, I expect quite a bit of variability to continue.  Certainly the first day of May will be damp and chilly for much of the region.  For those concerned with the dry April, the beginning of May does look rather damp.

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The wild swings are typical of our new normal.  The concentrations of carbon dioxide have now reached almost 410 parts per million, levels not seen in our atmosphere for 3 million years.  Much of this increase has taken place in only the past 50 years… and as the levels continue to rise, so will the sea-levels and the seemingly daily reports of extreme weather throughout the planet.

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stay safe




About Jim Abraham

Jim has spent about 40 years in the weather business. He has been an operational forecaster from Halifax to Whitehorse. Jim started the Canadian Hurricane Centre, and has flown into a couple of these storms. As a senior executive within Environment Canada, Jim has managed weather research, weather services, and weather/water/climate observing programs. Retired from Environment Canada, Jim is the Atlantic Director for the Canadian Climate Forum, the president of the Halifax chapter of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society, a partner in Climaction Services, and a part-time meteorologist on CBC radio. He is still participating in national and international activities related to weather preparedness. Having witnessed unprecedented advances in the science and technology of meteorology. Jim hopes that this blog will also be educational; enabling users to better understand weather-related phenomena, better interpret available information, and ultimately better able to make decisions to protect themselves, their family and their property. Jim welcomes any questions and suggestions.


The views and opinions expressed in this content are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of haligonia.ca.


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