Once again we can say: ''what a difference a year makes in Manitoba''!
December 2014 was almost the complete opposite of December 2013. December 2014 averaged 3.5°C warmer than normal, tying with 1965 as the 23rd warmest December since 1872. This is in sharp comparison to the previous December which averaged 7.4°C colder than normal. In fact, December 2014 averaged 10.9°C warmer than in 2013. It was also much drier this December with just 7.2 cm of snow. This is in sharp comparison to December 2013 which saw 40.0 cm of snow, the 20th snowiest December. December 2014 was also the 8th driest on record with approximately 4.8 mm of precipitation in Winnipeg.
I wont go into all the details about December again in this post, because I already have done so in the top 10 weather stories of 2014 series. If you haven't seen the stats already or if you'd like to see them again, you can see them here.
Now, here's the statistics and rankings for the year 2014:
2014 averaged 1.2°C, making it the coldest year since 1996...
Officially, precipitation averaged right around normal in Winnipeg, albeit a bit drier. However, it was much wetter in southwestern parts of the city where some impressive rain events in August dumped locally torrential rains. Well over 400 mm fell there in 2014. Here in South St Vital for example, I recorded 450.0 mm of rain and 550.6 mm of precipitation in 2014.
In total, there were 23 thunderstorm days at the airport, slightly below the normal of 26-27 days. More occurred in southern sections of the city with 27 thunderstorm days here in South St Vital.
8 days exceeded 30°C in 2014, below the normal of 14 days. The hottest day of the year was May 24 with a high of 33.3°C. The most humid day of the year was July 5 with a humidex of 40.5.
9 daily temperature records were broken during the year: 2 record highs, 4 record high minimums and 3 record low maximums. 2 daily rainfall records were also broken; 1 in June and 1 in December. Other records included: all-time lowest wind chill in March (-49.6 on March 1), greatest single day warmup on Jan 15 (30.7°C warmup) and latest occurrence of humidex over 35 (humidex 35.8 on Sep 26).