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Snow depth

Postby Glacier » Wed May 14, 2014 12:11 pm

I've taken a look at the all time maximum snow depth, and it looks like most stations didn't start keeping daily snow depth until 1980, though a few major stations did start in 1955.

In BC the all time maximum snow depth can occur from November to March. Examples:

NOVEMBER:
KLEENA KLEENE 2 = 107 cm (this is quite impressive considering they are as dry as Osoyoos, getting only 319 mm of precipitation annually).
Every other place in the west Chilcotin (November 1990 was a snowy one).
SOOKE LAKE NORTH = 73 cm
SAANICHTON MT NEWTON = 40 cm
LENNARD ISLAND = 10 cm


DECEMBER:
SPARWOOD = 133 cm
PRINCETON A = 100 cm
MUD BAY
MARYSVILLE
DUNCAN LAKE DAM
CRESTON
NEW DENVER
KAMLOOPS A
CRANBROOK A
QUALICUM R FISH RESEARCH
COMOX A
SHAWNIGAN LAKE (Dec 1996)
CENTRAL SAANICH ISL VIEW (Dec 1996)
ABBOTSFORD A = 69 cm (Dec 1996)
VICTORIA INT'L A = 67 cm (Dec 1996 was a record setting snowfall)
MERRITT STP
GRAND FORKS
MERRY ISLAND LIGHTSTATION
DRYAD POINT = 18 cm

JANUARY:
STEWART A = 240 cm
BLUE RIVER A = 175 cm
CASTLEGAR A = 79 cm
HIXON
FRASER LAKE NORTH SHORE
FAUQUIER
NANAIMO A
CHATHAM POINT
VANCOUVER INT'L A = 61 cm (1971)
PENTICTON A = 58 cm (1972)
CAMPBELL RIVER A
ESTEVAN POINT
PORT HARDY A
OSOYOOS WEST
CARMANAH POINT
GREEN ISLAND
NOOTKA LIGHTSTATION = 9 cm

FEBRUARY:
ATLIN =380 cm (obviously an error)
TERRACE A = 191 cm
WHISTLER = 174 cm
FORT NELSON A = 142 cm
PRINCE GEORGE STP = 122 cm
WILLIAMS LAKE A
GERMANSEN LANDING
PRINCE GEORGE A
GOLDEN A
DAWSON CREEK A
GOLD RIVER TOWNSITE
BOAT BLUFF
DARFIELD
TOFINO A
COWICHAN LAKE FORESTRY
MISSION WEST ABBEY
ADDENBROKE ISLAND
SALTSPRING ST MARY'S L

MARCH:
GLACIER NP ROGERS PASS = 245 cm
FORT ST JOHN A = 112 cm
TOPLEY LANDING = 102 cm
SMITHERS A = 102 cm


other stations with less than 30 years of data:
N VANC GROUSE MTN RESORT = 968 cm (1,100m)
UNUK RIVER ESKAY CREEK = 575 cm (900m)
GLACIER NP MT FIDELITY = 465 cm (1,900m)

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