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Quarterly climate comment [ Tuesday, 23 Oct 07 | 19:03 ]
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[My Location |El Masnou (Barcelona) España]
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El Masnou Meteorologic Station at the sports marina
located about 300 m (1,000 feet) from my home

Now that we are in the middle of autumn, I am able to compare the climate data for the first nine months of this year with the previous two years. Unlike the first five months when 2007 was the warmest year of the past three years, the cooling trend that started in June continued through September. The average high temperature in July this year, for example, was 3° C (5° F) cooler than last year.

Rainfall during this August was much higher than expected. September was comparatively dry. Seasonal rain totals are still not up to normal levels and the two-year drought continues.

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
May
2005 19.9 15.6 23.2 11.7 66.2
2006 20.4 16.1 28.2 12.3 3.9
2007 21.7 15.7 27.1 11.0 12.1
Summary 20.7 15.8 28.2 11.0 27.4
June
2005 24.9 20.4 30.0 16.8 21.1
2006 23.3 19.5 28.0 13.4 2.5
2007 23.4 19.3 29.7 15.9 0.2
Summary 23.9 19.7 30.0 13.4 7.9
July
2005 26.5 22.6 30.3 18.7 1.4
2006 28.1 23.8 30.3 21.9 1.9
2007 25.1 21.4 27.9 18.7 2.0
Summary 26.6 22.6 30.3 18.7 1.8
August
2005 26.1 21.1 28.0 14.7 44.6
2006 26.2 21.4 28.3 17.1 27.6
2007 25.7 20.9 29.2 16.5 110.7
Summary 26.0 21.1 29.2 14.7 61.0
September
2005 24.4 18.6 27.8 13.9 124.4
2006 24.9 20.2 27.7 16.2 87.6
2007 23.9 19.1 26.4 12.1 6.4
Summary 24.4 19.3 27.8 12.1 72.8
Location: El Masnou — Marina

Some high-lights are:

  • The three-month period of July through September this year was cooler than the previous two years
  • Precipitation is still disappointing, but better than last year.
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