August snow in northern BC!

Ft Nelson snow

BC Highway 97 near Fort Nelson, 19 Aug 2019 (Drive BC/Twitter)


Residents of northern British Columbia were shocked to wake up to snow this morning – an estimated 50 cm in some areas.

Environment Canada says cold Arctic air combined with moisture from the Pacific was responsible for the winter-like conditions in late summer.

Fort Nelson received a mix of rain and snow while higher elevations of 1,000 metres or more saw mainly snow.

Historical data shows measurable snow is likely in Fort Nelson in every month except July.

By contrast on Monday, Kamloops in the Okanagan Valley – about 1300 km south – reached a daytime high of 31°C.

Thundersnow in B.C.!

A thunderstorm with snow is called thundersnow and it struck the British Columbia Interior just two days before the start of summer!

An unstable air mass bringing cold air from Alaska is to blame for the rare thundersnow which covered mountainous terrain in the Okanagan Valley with about 10 cm.

Snow fell above 1500 metres with a snow/rain mix down to 1100 metres and a chilly rain at sea level.

About 10 cm of snow was also expected in the Alberta Rockies from a similar system.

Wildfire rages in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley

Smith Creek wildfire near West Kelowna, B.C. (Facebook)

Smith Creek wildfire near West Kelowna, BC, 20 July 2014 (Facebook)

The so-called Smith Creek wildfire is roughly half contained according to British Columbia fire officials and thousands have been allowed to return to their homes in West Kelowna.

About 300 residents remain evacuated since their homes are deemed to be closest to the fire.

The Smith Creek wildfire is roughly 260 hectares in size and officials say blazes inside the perimeter will keep burning and will be visible for several weeks.

Forecasters say recent wet weather will end and hot, dry conditions are expected to return later this week.

BC battered by stormy weather

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, 29 Sept 2013 (PNG)

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, 29 Sept 2013 (PNG)

A wintry-like storm delivering heavy wind and rain battered Southwestern British Columbia over the weekend.

Meteorologists say wind gusts were hurricane-force at Tofino on Vancouver Island last night near 105 km/h.

Numerous ferry crossings had to be cancelled between the island and the mainland during the turbulent weather.

Meantime, apple growers in the Okanagan Valley are counting their losses today after a hail storm blew through the region yesterday.

One farmer may have lost about 60 percent of his crop according to a neighbour.