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Thought I would try out a new plug-in today.  As I write mostly science-related articles, I thought a tool to include charts and graphs would be helpful and add interest to some posts.  One glitch I’ve noticed is I can’t introduce null values when needed.  I only put in January data up to the 12th as that was as far as my source went for January 2015.  Hopefully I can work out the bug as this is the best graphing plugin I’ve come across so far!

My husband and I have tried to recollect the difference in winter temperatures between last December and January and this year.  We both remember it being much colder last year compared to the present one.  Our horses did not enjoy the winter temperatures last year at all.  Even though their hay was plentiful, they both lost quite a bit of body fat trying to stay warm.  We remember January especially as being extremely cold.

If you look at the hard data which I collected from the Government of Canada Climate Data site, it is clear that overall, last December 2013 was quite a bit colder than December 2014.  During December 2014, the temperatures rarely dipped much below zero.  Last year we had a beautifully white Christmas with the temperature a brisk -11ºC.  This Christmas was an uninspiring green Christmas although travelling was wonderful without the fear of snow as the temperature was a balmy 5ºC.  The coldest temperature of -6ºC was felt on December 31 just before the frigid weather of January hit us.

My husband and I both swore that last January was much colder than the present month.  However, overall, this month has experienced more colder temperature days overall.  However, last January did have more extreme cold weather (without considering wind chill) than this year.  For the first 13 days of January, 2013 saw the maximum temperature dip below -10ºC four times. If windchill is not considered, the temperature has not dipped below -10ºC at all this month.  Moral of the story, our recollections, although somewhat accurate do not tell the whole story.