Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

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Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

Postby Glacier » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:54 pm

We know this will be coming around the end of December, so let's get a jump on it. Just going from memory here:
- Snowiest February on record in the interior.
- Massive near record snowpacks in the interior.
- major flooding and record river levels in the BC interior in May.
- Worse fire season on record, and lots of smoke.
- Extreme heat in August in BC and Alberta. Places all over hit 40C that had never done so in the past. eg. Cranbrook, BC.

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Re: Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

Postby SardisBCwxman » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:14 pm

Glacier wrote:We know this will be coming around the end of December, so let's get a jump on it. Just going from memory here:
- Snowiest February on record in the interior.
- Massive near record snowpacks in the interior.
- major flooding and record river levels in the BC interior in May.
- Worse fire season on record, and lots of smoke.
- Extreme heat in August in BC and Alberta. Places all over hit 40C that had never done so in the past. eg. Cranbrook, BC.

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Re: Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

Postby Glacier » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:56 pm

Weather records so far in 2018:

YXX = No new records
YVR = No new records
YYJ = No new records
YCD (Nanaimo) = No new records
YXS (Prince George) = No new records

YKA (Kamloops)
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 40.8 °C
  • Snowiest February on record at 50cm
  • Wettest February on record at 51.9 mm

YLW (Kelowna)
  • highest maximum February wind gust on record at 85 km/h
  • highest maximum January wind gust on record at 94 km/h

YWL (Williams Lake)
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 33.8 °C
  • Snowiest February on record at 84.6cm
  • Wettest February on record at 83.6 mm

YXC (Cranbrook)
  • Highest maximum humidex ever for August at 39
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 40.5 °C
  • highest maximum March wind gust on record at 85 km/h
  • highest maximum January wind gust on record at 82 km/h.

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Re: Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

Postby SardisBCwxman » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:53 pm

Glacier wrote:Weather records so far in 2018:

YXX = No new records
YVR = No new records
YYJ = No new records
YCD (Nanaimo) = No new records
YXS (Prince George) = No new records

YKA (Kamloops)
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 40.8 °C
  • Snowiest February on record at 50cm
  • Wettest February on record at 51.9 mm

YLW (Kelowna)
  • highest maximum February wind gust on record at 85 km/h
  • highest maximum January wind gust on record at 94 km/h

YWL (Williams Lake)
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 33.8 °C
  • Snowiest February on record at 84.6cm
  • Wettest February on record at 83.6 mm

YXC (Cranbrook)
  • Highest maximum humidex ever for August at 39
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 40.5 °C
  • highest maximum March wind gust on record at 85 km/h
  • highest maximum January wind gust on record at 82 km/h.
Nice find Melting ice man so with all those hot smokey days no records for YXX not to mention the late Feb. snowfall l thought for sure would be at least a daily record. Also l'm surprised that Willy's puddle hottest August temp. was only 33.8c. :o
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Re: Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

Postby Abby_wx » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:15 pm

SardisBCwxman wrote:
Glacier wrote:Weather records so far in 2018:

YXX = No new records
YVR = No new records
YYJ = No new records
YCD (Nanaimo) = No new records
YXS (Prince George) = No new records

YKA (Kamloops)
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 40.8 °C
  • Snowiest February on record at 50cm
  • Wettest February on record at 51.9 mm

YLW (Kelowna)
  • highest maximum February wind gust on record at 85 km/h
  • highest maximum January wind gust on record at 94 km/h

YWL (Williams Lake)
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 33.8 °C
  • Snowiest February on record at 84.6cm
  • Wettest February on record at 83.6 mm

YXC (Cranbrook)
  • Highest maximum humidex ever for August at 39
  • Hottest August temperature ever recorded at 40.5 °C
  • highest maximum March wind gust on record at 85 km/h
  • highest maximum January wind gust on record at 82 km/h.
Nice find Melting ice man so with all those hot smokey days no records for YXX not to mention the late Feb. snowfall l thought for sure would be at least a daily record. Also l'm surprised that Willy's puddle hottest August temp. was only 33.8c. :o


There have been a few daily records but I don't think he's looking at those.
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Re: Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

Postby Glacier » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:45 am

Abby_wx wrote:
SardisBCwxman wrote:Nice find Melting ice man so with all those hot smokey days no records for YXX not to mention the late Feb. snowfall l thought for sure would be at least a daily record. Also l'm surprised that Willy's puddle hottest August temp. was only 33.8c. :o


There have been a few daily records but I don't think he's looking at those.

Abby is right, these are only monthly records. Daily records happen so often that I tend to ignore them. weatherstats.ca has 15 different variables, so even at monthly records, you would expect a new record every 4 months at Abbotsford. It's quite remarkable that there hasn't been a new monthly record in well over a year.

As for Willy's puddle, remember that the airport is 1000ft above the city. Check out the Wikipedia climate section for Williams Lake. It shows both the airport and the valley bottom station. Notice a few things:

  • The AVERAGE daily maximum in the valley is about 4 degrees hotter than at the airport in the summer months. The valley station closed in 2002, so it has missed the hottest 15 year period on record.
  • AUGUST was low hanging fruit for Williams Lake (to use Abby_wx's language). The all time record for August was LOWER than the all time record for July, June, May, and even September! The new record is higher than the June record, but still lower than the May and September records!
  • The temperature can be as high as 41C in the valley, but the airport has never been above the all time record of 35.8C (set in September 1988).

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Re: Top 10 Weather Stories of 2018

Postby Glacier » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:14 am

More 2018 monthly records:

YXJ (Fort St. John):
Highest ever June dewpoint at 18.3 °C
Wettest March on record with 102.1 mm of precipitation.
Snowiest March on record with 93.3 cm of snow.


YYE (Fort Nelson):
Hottest June temperature ever recorded at 34.6 °C.
Lowest June relative humidity ever recorded at 12%.

YQZ (Quesnel):
No new records.

YYD (Smithers):
Most snow on the ground ever recorded in February at 103 cm.

YXT (Terrace):
No new records.

YPR (Prince Rupert):
No new records.

YDL (Dease Lake):
No new records.

ZST (Stewart):
No new records.

YZP (Sandspit):
No new records.

VBD (Bella Coola):
Lowest August relative humidity on record at 12%
Highest June humidex on record at 37

WPZ (Burns Lake):
Lowest August relative humidity on record at 13%
Wettest February on record with 53.6 mm of precipitation

WPU (Puntzi Mountain):
Highest June humidex on record at 31
Highest June maximum temperature on record at 33.6 °C
Lowest June minimum temperature on record at -3.8 °C
Lowest June windchill on record at -5
Highest June wind gust on record at 59 km/h

XTL (Tatlayoko Lake):
Lowest maximum June temperature on record at 10 °C
Highest minimum May temperature on record at 9.1 °C
Highest April maximum temperature on record at 26.2 °C
Lowest April minimum temperature on record at -17.2 °C

WKF (Lillooet):
Lowest maximum August temperature on record at 15.5 °C
Highest minimum May temperature on record at 20.1 °C

WLY (Lytton):
Lowest maximum August temperature on record at 16.3 °C
Highest minimum May temperature on record at 18.6 °C
Wettest April on record with 39.5 mm of precipitation.

YYF (Penticton):
Highest June wind gust on record at 93 km/h
Wettest March on record with 70.4 mm of precipitation
Rainiest March on record with 66.4 mm of rain

WYY (Osoyoos):
Lowest April dewpoint on record at -16.6 °C
Wettest March on record with 58.7 mm of precipitation
Wettest January on record with 65.6 mm of precipitation

WPR (Princeton):
No new records.

YCG (Castlegar):
Snowiest April on record with 12.8 cm of snow.

YQQ (Comox):
No new records.

YZT (Port Hardy):
No new records.


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