Everybody’s doing something about the weather, but nobody’s talking about it

April Fools Cherry Blossoms

Back when it was nothing but rain rain, all we did was complain complain.

Fortunately, the weather improved and we shut up. Actually, I think that April has, so far, been downright nice. So I checked.

Yep, a bit nicer than average. You’ll notice, if you go back and forth between those two links, that the daily average temperature in this month has been exactly the same as the historic average for Vancouver. However, we’re tracking a precipitation total that is considerably lower than usual.

I figured it out from the numbers: the projected total rainfall for April 2006 would be 70.5 mm, while the historic average is 83.5 mm. That works out to about 84% of the average rainfall, which is nice. So enjoy the weather, and go do something outdoorsy. Or, if the weather turns, you can stay inside and play with Environment Canada’s deep and fascinating website.

Self-indulgence: In 2004 I posted something on my personal blog about Environment Canada’s rather odd set of weather icons, and it turns out that even after two years, my little collection of leeched graphics and odd links still works, more or less. I think there’s a certain beauty about those icons all clustered together, and presented that way they invite comparison of their odd similarities: Tufte’s small multiples vindicated.

1 Comment so far

  1. wyn (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    I don’t think it was on the explanation page but tri-coloured cloud (yellow, white, gray) means SMOKE. I.e., when the peat bog was on fire and we had smoky skies, that was the symbol for YVR weather: http://wyn996.blogspot.com/2005/09/smoke-alert.html

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