Average Weather at Sable Island, N. S. Canada
At Sable Island, N. S., the summers are short, comfortable, windy, and partly cloudy; the winters are long, very cold, extremely windy, and mostly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 68°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 72°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Sable Island, N. S. for warm-weather activities is from late July to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from July 6 to October 1, with an average daily high temperature above 62°F. The hottest day of the year is August 16, with an average high of 68°F and low of 61°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.8 months, from December 17 to April 9, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is February 3, with an average low of 26°F and high of 35°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
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At Sable Island, N. S., the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Sable Island, N. S. begins around June 22 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around December 5. On September 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 47% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around December 5 and lasts for 6.5 months, ending around June 22. On January 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 71% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 29% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Sable Island, N. S. varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.3 months, from October 7 to April 16, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 47% on December 1.
The drier season lasts 5.7 months, from April 16 to October 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 32% on May 6.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 44% on November 21.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Sable Island, N. S. experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Sable Island, N. S.. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 23, with an average total accumulation of 5.8 inches.
The least rain falls around May 16, with an average total accumulation of 3.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Sable Island, N. S. experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from November 29 to April 21, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.2 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 21 to November 29. The least snow falls around August 9, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Sable Island, N. S. varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2019, the shortest day is December 22, with 8 hours, 54 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 21 minutes later at 7:37 AM on November 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:22 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 25 minutes later at 8:46 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Sable Island, N. S. during 2019, starting in the spring on March 10, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 3.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Sable Island, N. S. experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from July 16 to September 24, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 4% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 20, with muggy conditions 17% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 11, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed at Sable Island, N. S. experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from October 8 to April 13, with average wind speeds of more than 17.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 22.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 13 to October 8. The calmest day of the year is July 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Sable Island, N. S. is from the west throughout the year.
Sable Island, N. S. is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.7 months, from July 17 to October 6, with an average temperature above 59°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 20, with an average temperature of 64°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.5 months, from December 26 to May 11, with an average temperature below 41°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 10, with an average temperature of 36°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Sable Island, N. S. throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Sable Island, N. S. for general outdoor tourist activities is from late July to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Sable Island, N. S. for hot-weather activities is for the entire month of August, with a peak score in the third week of August.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season at Sable Island, N. S. typically lasts for 7.3 months (223 days), from around April 18 to around November 27, rarely starting before March 29 or after May 10, and rarely ending before November 5 or after December 18.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Sable Island, N. S. should appear around June 27, only rarely appearing before June 19 or after July 6.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from May 17 to August 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 2 to February 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 27, with an average of 1.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sable Island, N. S. are 43.933 deg latitude, -60.017 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Sable Island, N. S. is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 62 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1 foot. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (108 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (108 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Sable Island, N. S. is covered by water (89%), within 10 miles by water (98%), and within 50 miles by water (100%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Sable Island, N. S., based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
Sable Island, N. S. has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.There are no other weather stations in our network within 200 kilometers of this location. Consequently, in the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on NASA's MERRA-2 modern-era reanalysis , adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal differences between this station and the wide-area MERRA-2 reconstructed values.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.