High snowpack for the Okanagan

Cool and wet weather in November led to the rapid development of the early-season snow pack

The Okanagan’s snowpack is sitting at 123 per cent of normal, according to the latest figures from the BC River Forecast Centre.

“Two key weather factors have been driving the seasonal snowpack development so far this year. First, cool and wet weather in November led to rapid development of the early-season snowpack,” according to the report released Jan. 1.

“By late-November snowpack at Automated Snow Weather Stations was 120 to 125 per cent of average across the province. The second key factor was the dominance of dry, arctic air through December.”

While temperatures were low, precipitation was limited, and there was very limited accumulation of snow throughout the majority of the month. Towards the end of December, westerly flow patterns brought back snow accumulation, including low elevation snow in southern BC.

Going forward there may be more snow on its way.

La Niña conditions are present in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, according to the forecast centre.

The Climate Prediction Centre at the U.S. National Weather Service/NOAA has issued a La Niña Advisory and is forecasting a high likelihood of La Niña persisting through this winter. Typically, La Niña is linked to cooler winters across British Columbia.

Snowpacks tend to be higher than normal; however, there has been a large range of variability in snowpack in B.C. during La Niña winters in the past.

A high snowpack was one of the factors that led to last spring’s flooding conditions in the area.

Seasonal forecasts from Environment and Climate Change Canada are indicating an increased likelihood of normal temperatures across western British Columbia and below normal temperatures in south-east B.C. Short-to-medium term forecasts are suggesting warmer temperatures through January. A period of wetter weather is forecast for the province through the middle of the month, and will likely lead to increased snow accumulation over higher terrain.

 

Just Posted

Poke bowl frenzy is coming to Kelowna

Pacific Poke opens Downtown this July

First annual BE Awards celebrate Thompson Okanagan Businesses

Kelowna businesses shine in several categories

Kelowna RCMP investigating car accident

The car is believed to have been travelling 150 km/hr

The new event will allow kids to take part in Across the Lake Swim

A new free event just for kids will leave their hearts and… Continue reading

Planned power outage upsets Kelowna neighbourhood

Some Toovey Heights residents claim no advance notice given by FortisBC

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of Vancouver Island couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Five B.C. families stuck in Japan as Canada refuses visas for adopted babies

Lawyer points to change in American policy around adoptions from Japan

It may be ‘lights, camera, action!’ for talented B.C. doctor

Rob Forde is waiting to hear if he’ll become The Basement Doctor in his own reality show

Police find capsized boat near Tofino, 3 men still missing

Five men were aboard the boat when it sank off Vancouver Island early Monday morning

Medicinal cannabis conference coming to South Okanagan

A variety of topics presented by certified herbalists and a medical doctor

Most Read