Originally Posted by Aage
FAN, how cold does winter get there where you are in BC?
we do not have the prolonged deep-freeze like Alberta and points eastward. We get a lot of rain from October to March/April. It snowed a couple of weeks ago, which is rare for November. Snow never lasts long here; it is usually washed away by the reappearance of rain.
Tonight it is relatively mild. 1C or 38F, but there is a lot of dampness in the air - feels colder.
Occasionally, an Arctic front will roll in. I remember one February where we had two weeks where the temp. was below 1C. That was extremely rare.
We usually get through winter with the daily temp. hovering around 1C., like it is today. I have been sleeping in the Airstream with only an electric heater in the bedroom and am very comfortable. If I get an electric mattress pad, I may even be able to get through the night w/o the electric heater...or turning it down to a lower setting. I find the dampness to be the most uncomfortable thing about our winters.
I have cut and pasted Wiki....
hope that helps.
, British Columbia
has a moderate oceanic climate
(Koppen climate classification Cfb
) with summer months that are typically dry, often resulting in moderate drought
conditions, usually in July and August. In contrast, the rest of the year is rainy
, especially between October and March.
Like the rest of coastal British Columbia
, the city is tempered by the warm Japan Current
] and is also sheltered by the mountains of Vancouver Island
, to the west. These influences contribute to making Vancouver the second warmest (after Victoria
) of Canada's
major cities overall, despite the fact summers are cooler than most other major cities.
Average max. and min. temperatures in °FPrecipitation totals in inches
The climatology of Vancouver applies to the entire Greater Vancouver region
and not just to the City of Vancouver itself. While Vancouver's coastal
location serves to moderate its temperatures, sea breezes
terrain make Greater Vancouver a region of microclimates
, with local variations in weather sometimes being more exaggerated than those experienced in other coastal areas.
in the Greater Vancouver area is particularly complex. It is a general rule of thumb that for every rise of 100 metres in elevation, there is an additional 100 millimetres (1.2 in per 100 ft) of precipitation, so places such as North Vancouver
on the North Shore Mountains
get more rain. Snow
has been particularly problematic for meteorologists
to predict due to variations in elevation and the moderating effect of the coast on temperatures.[citation needed
The annual average temperature in Vancouver is 10.1 °C (50.2 °F), amongst the mildest in Canada. It is located in a USDA plant hardiness zone
of 8, similar to Seattle, Portland, Amsterdam
, as well as places such as Atlanta, Georgia
and Raleigh, North Carolina
, far to the south. The warm Japan Current usually keeps winter temperatures mild, especially along the lower-lying coastal areas.[citation needed
Despite normally mild winters, some winters see the arrival of cold arctic outflows from the interior of the continent that can sometimes last a week or more. The coldest month on record at Vancouver International Airport
was January 1950
, with an average low of −9.7 °C (15 °F) and an average high of −2.9 °C (27 °F), making for a daily average of −6.3 °C (20.7 °F). In 2010, Vancouver became the warmest city to date to host the Winter Olympics
The Greater Vancouver region is also subject to significant variations in summer temperatures, which can change by as much as 5-10 °C between inland areas of the Fraser Valley
and the ocean-tempered coastal regions. Conversely, winter temperatures tend to be cooler inland.
Winters in Vancouver can be dark, as the sky during this time is often covered with low-altitude grey clouds, and the relatively high latitude
means early sunsets
(as early as 4:15 pm) and late sunrises
(as late as 8:05 am).
Summers, in contrast, are characterized by a nearly opposite weather pattern, with consistent high pressure and sunshine. July and August are the sunniest months. For several nights near the summer solstice
, there are fewer than 7.5 hours between sunset and sunrise, with twilight
lasting past 10 pm and the northern sky slightly lit by the sun all night.