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Numerous low temperature records were set in Alberta this morning.  Saturday 7 Dec 2013….. AWCN16 CWWG 072007

The following is a summary of weather event information received by Environment Canada.

New record of -38.1
Old record of -36.7 set in 1972

New record -42.2
Old record of -38.3 set in 1956

New record -37.2
Old record of -37.2 set in 1972

Cold Lake
New record -35.4
Old record of -32.9 set in 1977

New record -38.3
Old record of -37 set in 1980

Drumheller east
New record -38.1
Old record of -37.2 set in 1956

Edmonton International Airport
New record -39.0
Old record of -37.3 set in 2009

Grande Prairie
New record -38.4
Old record of -37.8 set in 1972

Jasper warden
Tied record -35.3
Old record of -35.3 set in 1995

Pincher Creek
New record -38.2
Old record -35 in 1972

Slave Lake
New record -34.2
Old record -32.8 set in 1995

New record -40.0
Old record -36.4 set in 2009

New record -33.3
Old record of -33.0 set in 1995

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information and does not constitute a complete or final report.

Weather summary for Southern Saskatchewan issued by Environment Canada Saturday 7 Dec 2013…. AWCN13 CWWG 071859

A couple of record low temperatures were set in Saskatchewan this morning, courtesy of a ridge of high pressure centered over the
northern plains of the United States.

New record of -38.3
Old record of -36.1 set in 1972

New record of -32.5
Old record of -30.8 set in 1915

The coldest reported location in Saskatchewan was Val Marie, which
reported a temperature of -42.1. Val Marie just missed the dubious
distinction of being the coldest place in Canada this morning, with
Brooks and Rocky Mountain House (both in Alberta) bottoming out at
-42.2 this morning.

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this info


20 Responses to Many record lows set in Alberta and Saskatchewan

  1. Paul says:

    Are those temperatures Celsius or Fahrenheit?

  2. John Knowles says:

    All these readings must be from electronic stations cos 38 point one degrees is too precise for a traditional mercury tube thermometer and I take it these are measured in ºF (tho’ -38ºF happens to be -38ºC)
    I find it odd that anyone would still use a scale where water boils at 212º and freezes at -32º.

    • JamesinSask says:

      Environment Canada would likely be reporting in Celsius.

    • Terry says:

      They’re all in Celsius, John, since these weather statements are from Environment Canada. But -40C is -40F, so these would be pretty close to their Fahrenheit equivalent.

  3. AndrewS says:

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  4. AndrewS says:

    Looks like Abdussamatov’s prediction cooling in 2014 was right on schedule, maybe even a month or two late. http://ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/apr/article/view/14754

  5. John Knowles says:

    The North American cold air has come out of the Arctic. Check out the animated loop of the jet-stream for Dec 3rd to 7th

    Similar meridonial jet-streaming is also occurring in the south. I live in the Blue Mtns outside Sydney.
    Oct 17th. Very strong westerly wind at 30ºC (86ºF) and I was out dealing with the worst fires we’ve seen for a decade.
    Nov saw extensive rainfall.
    Dec 4th I ate a meal with my family by candle light on the back verandah as it was so warm and still. Mosquitos were out in force but the following night we were in a strong air flow off the Antarctic Ocean so we were huddled up inside with the fire alight.(8ºC,46ºF)
    Sat 7th we’re back to 25ºC in the shade with noisy Cicada beetles everywhere.
    Monthly averages are close to normal but the temperature range is huge.

  6. ES says:

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  7. Mervyn Leavesley says:

    I think John means freezes at 32deg f
    The thing to watch will be snow build up and how long it stays on the ground. All the same an impressive start to winter.

  8. ES says:

    Some of the sites are remote, but not all. Canada uses the Celsius degrees. Mercury freezes at -39 so below -37 an alcohol thermometer is used for the min temperature. Temperatures are in tenth of a degrees.


  9. Lorne50 says:

    All those temps will be in C not F this is Canada after all.

  10. Paul says:

    Actually -40 (not -38) is where both celcius and farenheit meet.

  11. aeroguy48 says:

    Isn’t the conversion from centigrade to ferinhite 4/7ths minus 32?

  12. Neil Love says:

    Americans and Canadians are often oblivious of the fact that in Europe including the British Isles we use Centigrade and cannot relate to Fahrenheit. Even the word Fahrenheit seems so foreign. It seems best to provide both Centigrade and Fahrenheit even though original sources might only be in Fahrenheit or Centigrade. The thing about the above article is that the author does not even provide the “F” or the “C” where by we can understand which system of measurement is being reported. Sometimes editorial inclusions are required when presenting material internationally.

  13. Loquamur says:

    Mr. Fahrenheit died forty years before the American Declaration of Independence — he had no way to produce liquids colder than water, living three centuries ago! No one even considered using solids to measure temperatures back then, either!

    He chilled water saturated with ammonium chloride as cold as Danish weather permitted and marked it as ZERO, marked fresh-water freezing at 30, and apparently liked the idea of human body temperature being 60 degrees higher than that. Bingo! The original/unadjusted Fahrenheit scale!

    (Oh, I know how to read… The true story is much more complex, of course. But iceagenow.info threads are not about the detailed History of Science, either.)

  14. Joseph says:

    New record -37.2
    Old record of -37.2 set in 1972

    didn’t break it by much . . . . . .

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