Flurries, snow squalls, blizzards and wind chills below minus 20: January 2013 was pure winter. Winter driving was terrible in the first few weeks but later improved. I was out and about on many winter days, enjoying the deep snow on the East Coast Trail.
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February 2013 had its sunny moments, but they were few and far in between. Sure, it was cold and mostly snowy, but it wasn’t quite as wintry as in January, which is odd because usually it’s the other way round.
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March 2013 had everything: snow, sunshine, fog, haze, freezing rain, storm surges, more snow, more fog and more storm surges. Most evenings I tried finding a comet in the twilight sky but only three nights were clear enough to see it.
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One iceberg, that’s all we got in April 2013. Initial excitement quickly waned when it was clear it was a fluke appearance on the horizon. The berg spawned two small bergy bits, which made their way to our coastline where they shattered on the beach. Also, April saw the thawing of snow on the trail, and the arrival of a few very early whales.
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May 2013 was the moosiest month on the east coast so far. I saw 22 moose without even trying to find any, that’s 1 moose for almost every day I was outside. It was also a very foggy and sunny month, which hosted the arrival of bright spring colours and the birth of many young animals along the trail.
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June 2013, a month filled with hiking, crackerberry blossoms, arriving whales and of course the annual wait for capelin. The weather was warmer than usual, pretty much in line with seasonal predictions by Canada’s weather office.
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This was the warmest July since I moved to Newfoundland, rarely did the temperature drop below 20 and for much of the time it was closer to 30 degrees. Whale activity peaked early and strangely enough dropped again by the end of the month, something I have not seen before, as usually the whales are plentiful well into August.
Read more about July 2013 in the monthly archives.
August was good, a fitting end to the spectacular summer of 2013. I saw many cool things on the water, including the most peculiar animal I have seen since moving to Newfoundland: the ocean sunfish. On the trail the wild berries were ripe early due to the record hours of sunshine we enjoyed this month.
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Another brilliant month, September added even more beautiful days to the already spectacular summer of 2013. I spent my days with puffin chicks, berry and mushroom picking, visiting cruise ships, the fall cod fishery, and of course I ventured on many hikes on the fall-coloured East Coast Trail.
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October was a month filled with fall colour and fall weather. I spent my days outside, hiking the trails as much as possible and entertaining Rogier, who visited for the second time.
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To me, November is usually the dullest month of the year. The slow change from fall to winter comes mostly with overcast skies, lots of rain and little to see on the trail. This year’s November had a trick up its sleeve though, as we had an invasion of snowy owls across the island.
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After the first 10 snowless days, December 2013 started laying down snow in a big way, snow accumulations on the trail quickly reached knee-deep levels, and sometimes even deeper. The snowy owls are still around, in record numbers at Cape Race (300+). Temperatures were relatively steady around -10 ℃, which felt like -20 ℃ when the wind came out to play.
Read more about December 2013 in the monthly archives.