Category Archives: Climate

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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That Time When the Okanagan Remained Frozen for an Entire Month

It takes an incredible stretch of cold weather to keep the temperature below freezing for longer than a week or two in most of Canada’s populated areas. A month is almost unheard of — even in Alberta. Calgary has weather … Continue reading

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The Coldest Day in British Columbia’s History

Severe coldsnaps used to strike British Columbia every five years, but suddenly went silent in 1969. Continue reading

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