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It’s Been so Dry in British Columbia this Year that the Relative Humidity is Literally Off the Charts!

June is typically the wettest month of the year in much of the interior of BC, but not in 2017. The month that is typified by unstable air, thunderstorms, and rain produced a rainless month for much of the Chilcotin … Continue reading

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How are heat warnings triggered in Canada?

Over the winter I produced a map showing the thresholds for triggering snowfall warnings in Canada, but now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to do the same for heat. Environment Canada issued a “special weather statement” for … Continue reading

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Okanagan Lake and the Tale of Two Records

Since mid-May, the Okanagan’s most popular news site has been running non-stop with one flood myth after another. I say “myth” because most stories are using mythical numbers. The number fudging started on May 16th when the mayor of Kelowna … Continue reading

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The Coldest Months in Canadian History

As we close out the 70th winter since records began in the high arctic, I thought it would be interesting to count the number of very cold months, and further, determine the coldest of the lot. The map below shows … Continue reading

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Why the Chilcotin Will Eventually be the Coldest Place in BC

It’s an interesting fact that since 1938, when weather records began in earnest in northern British Columbia, the coldest January each year has bounced around between nine different places. Ranked by the number of occurrences, the lucky spots are: Fort … Continue reading

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What Does it Take to Trigger a Snowfall Warning in Canada?

It’s interesting to note that Environment Canada believes in and promotes discrimination. i.e. They have a different set of rules for different parts of the country (when it comes to issuing weather warnings). In terms of snowfall amounts, a mere … Continue reading

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Yes, Last Month was the Wettest October on Record

CBC Radio in Kelowna expressed the sentiment today that we’ve all been thinking:┬ásurely this is one of the wettest falls on record. It’s hard to argue against that!┬áSeptember was wet, and November is shaping up to be extremely wet down … Continue reading

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