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Namao is a hamlet in central Alberta, Canada within Sturgeon County. 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 namesake of RCAF Station Namao, now CFB Edmonton, which is directly south of the hamlet.

On August 22, 1891, the Edmonton Bulletin 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. 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.", The historical implication has been 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.".

Demographics

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

Climate

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
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