Namao, Alberta

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Namao is located in Alberta
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Location of Namao, Alberta

Namao is a hamlet in central Alberta, Canada within Sturgeon County.[1] It is located at the intersection of Highway 37 and Highway 28, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Edmonton's city limits. It was the name sake of RCAF Station Namao, now CFB Edmonton, which is directly south of the hamlet.

On August 22, 1891, the Edmonton Bulletin[2] reported that, "The Sturgeon river settlers had been requesting a post office since May 3, 1884. They had wanted to call it Wilson Valley at first, then Sturgeon and finally Naoma (Namao)." It opened on April 12, 1892.[3] According to Wilfred McLean, Dan [McKinley, who took up one of the first Sturgeon homesteads in the early 1880s] insisted on the name; "[He] had associated with the Indians for quite a few years and knew quite a few Cree words.",[4] Implied, therefore, is that Noama/Namao is a Cree word.

On May 19, 1892, Postmaster J. Johnstone wrote that, "'Nemao' is the correct spelling of the name of the postoffice in the Sturgeon river settlement.".[3]

Demographics[edit]

The population of Namao according to Sturgeon County's 2008 municipal census is 10.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Namao
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10
(50)
13.9
(57)
16.3
(61.3)
29.6
(85.3)
31.9
(89.4)
33.9
(93)
33.9
(93)
33.9
(93)
32.8
(91)
28.4
(83.1)
18.9
(66)
10.6
(51.1)
33.9
(93)
Average high °C (°F) −7.6
(18.3)
−5.3
(22.5)
1.3
(34.3)
10.6
(51.1)
17.3
(63.1)
20.5
(68.9)
22.2
(72)
21.4
(70.5)
16.3
(61.3)
10.5
(50.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
−6.2
(20.8)
8.4
(47.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −12.1
(10.2)
−10.1
(13.8)
−3.5
(25.7)
4.8
(40.6)
11.1
(52)
14.7
(58.5)
16.5
(61.7)
15.6
(60.1)
10.5
(50.9)
4.9
(40.8)
−4.9
(23.2)
−10.6
(12.9)
3.1
(37.6)
Average low °C (°F) −16.6
(2.1)
−14.8
(5.4)
−8.2
(17.2)
−1.1
(30)
4.8
(40.6)
8.8
(47.8)
10.8
(51.4)
9.7
(49.5)
4.7
(40.5)
−0.7
(30.7)
−9.1
(15.6)
−15
(5)
−2.2
(28)
Record low °C (°F) −42.2
(−44)
−38
(−36)
−35
(−31)
−23.3
(−9.9)
−7.2
(19)
−1.1
(30)
2.8
(37)
−2
(28)
−7.8
(18)
−24.5
(−12.1)
−35.4
(−31.7)
−39.2
(−38.6)
−42.2
(−44)
Precipitation mm (inches) 19.7
(0.776)
14
(0.55)
17.3
(0.681)
20.2
(0.795)
44.7
(1.76)
88.6
(3.488)
95.7
(3.768)
74.8
(2.945)
39.6
(1.559)
16.4
(0.646)
14.3
(0.563)
21
(0.83)
466.3
(18.358)
Source: Environment Canada[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-04-01). "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  2. ^ http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1891/
  3. ^ a b http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1892/
  4. ^ copies of "The Story of Malcolm McKinlay (1848-1934), Pioneer of the West, Arrived in Edmonton 1883, One Hundred Years ago" by Wilfred McLean (Grandson); copies held by McKinlay descendants, p. 21
  5. ^ Capital Region Board. "Planning Toolkit, Module 5 – Implementation Guidelines for Growth Areas Outside of Priority Growth Areas (PGAs) and Cluster Country Residential Areas (CCRAs)". Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  6. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971-2000. Retrieved 23 March 2010.

Coordinates: 53°42′58″N 113°29′32″W / 53.71611°N 113.49222°W / 53.71611; -113.49222 (Namao)