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Quarterly climate commentary [ Wednesday, 09 May 07 | 00:24 ]
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[My Location |El Masnou (Barcelona) España]
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El Masnou Meteorologic Station at the Marina
located less than 1 km from my home

Now that we are in May, I have had the opportunity to compare the climate data for the first four months of this year with the previous two years. So far, 2007 has been the warmest year from January to April, although April this year was only marginally warmer than last year. Rainfall so far this year is better than last year, but still not up to normal levels.

The following table compares temperature and participation data here in El Masnou for the past three years. Temperatures are in degrees Celsius (C) and precipitation in millimeters (mm). The “Summary” row displays the average maximum and minimum temperatures, absolute maximum and minimum temperatures, and the average precipitation for the given month.

Three-Year Climate Comparison
Year Avg
Max
Avg
Min
Abs
Max
Abs
Min
Precip
January
2005 12.8 6.2 17.8 -1.6 0.0
2006 12.6 7.4 18.8 3.0 89.7
2007 15.0 8.7 20.6 2.1 4.4
Summary 13.5 7.4 20.6 -1.6 31.4
February
2005 11.5 5.6 17.5 1.2 43.9
2006 13.0 7.4 20.2 3.7 5.6
2007 16.4 9.6 23.7 7.4 14.8
Summary 13.6 7.6 23.7 1.2 21.4
March
2005 13.7 8.4 22.3 1.8 19.9
2006 15.5 9.9 23.4 4.6 10.6
2007 16.6 9.9 23.7 5.2 14.6
Summary 15.3 9.4 23.7 1.8 15.0
April
2005 16.8 11.6 22.2 7.0 13.5
2006 17.5 12.9 22.4 8.8 3.8
2007 17.8 13.3 21.8 9.3 39.9
Summary 17.4 12.6 22.4 7.0 19.1
Location: El Masnou - Marina

Some interesting things to note are:

  • The highest temperature reached during the months of January through March were this year.
  • The lowest temperature reached reached during the months of January through April were all in 2005.
  • April of this year was about as warm as last year. There were a number of cloudy days that kept temperatures moderate.
  • It’s too early to tell what this year’s rainfall will look like. May is traditionally the wettest month of spring. So far there has just been threatening weather this May.
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