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February 20, 2014

Snowfall in Canada January 1966 – Possibly the Snowiest Month Ever in Canada

Filed under: Canada,Environment Canada Data,Snowfall — sunshinehours1 @ 3:44 PM
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Yesterday I did a post looking at Snowfall in Canada for January 2014. After that I wondered what was the snowiest month in Canadian history?

I chose two semi-arbitrary criteria. Lots of weather stations so after 1940. And the largest average snowfall for all stations combined.

January 1966 was at the top of that list. Map of snowfall in Canada for January 1966 from Environment Canada’s monthly summaries.

The size of the black dot in the top left corner represents 100cm of snow. KITIMAT TOWNSITE got 436.9cm in January 1966. For the non-metric, that is 172 inches.

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 EC MonthlyNormalsSnowfall1966-01

25 Snowiest Location in Canada January 1966 (Not Snow on the ground – Snowfall falling in one month)

Prov Stn_Name Snowfall in cm
BC KITIMAT TOWNSITE 436.9
BC GLACIER NP ROGERS PASS 343.1
BC PINE PASS 327.3
BC MICA DAM 322.2
BC REVELSTOKE 300.4
BC ALLISON PASS 294.6
BC HOLLYBURN RIDGE 268.5
BC TAHTSA LAKE WEST 267
BC KITIMAT 261.5
BC BLUE RIVER NORTH 259.9
BC TUNNEL CAMP 232.1
BC GARIBALDI 224.6
BC FALLS RIVER 220.8
QUE MONT-JOLI A 212.8
BC MOUNT SEYMOUR 212.7
BC ALTA LAKE 2 212.3
BC KEMANO 210.2
QUE ST OCTAVE DE L’AVENIR 208.8
ALTA WATERTON PARK HQ 203.6
BC PEMBERTON MEADOWS 198.1
NFLD ST JOHN’S WEST CDA 193.6
BC QUESNEL MOOSE HEIGHTS 193.3
BC MALAKWA EAGLE R HATCHERY 193.2
QUE FORESTVILLE 192.8
QUE MURDOCHVILLE 191.1
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4 Comments »

  1. I see Quesnel is in there…my home town…sisters still live there, as does my Mom. I do recall as a kid there being lots of snow. Surprised that Wells/Barkerville were not in that listing, as that area always got hammered with snow.

    Comment by Lance — February 21, 2014 @ 6:19 AM | Reply

  2. Which month was the snowiest really depends on where you live. On the South Coast/Lower Mainland, the winter of 1915/16 (also the winter following massive volcanic action in California) was by far the snowiest period on record. In February alone, Victoria saw almost 4 feet of snow (117.9 cm of snow). If we look further inland, January 1971 was pretty snowy. The following winter was also just as bad or worse in some places. Even dry places like Kamloops were buried by snow. In December of 1971, Kamloops had 105.4 cm of snow. The Chilcotin region has had two massive snowfalls. One in November of 1990 and the other in Oct/Nov of 1975. The north dances to a different tune, so there again, their snowy winters do not coincide with the south.

    Actually, for Fort Nelson and Fort St John, December of 2013 was by far the snowiest and wettest month on record where they were at about 600% of normal (can you imagine what would happen if Vancouver received 6 times the normal amount of precipitation in December). Fort Nelson is typically the driest spot in BC in December, and yet they managed to get twice the precipitation of Vancouver that month.

    Comment by Glacier — February 21, 2014 @ 8:22 AM | Reply

    • Dec 1971 made the top of my list http://wp.me/a1ASzZ-Wb

      The mean for all stations in BC was 100.5cm

      Top 50

      Prov Stn_Name S
      1 BC REVELSTOKE MT COPELAND 485.2
      2 BC ALLISON PASS 382.2
      3 BC HOLLYBURN RIDGE 353.1
      4 BC KITSAULT MINESITE 313.5
      5 BC GLACIER NP MT FIDELITY 290.0
      6 BC GLACIER NP ROGERS PASS 268.6
      7 BC TAHTSA LAKE WEST 255.3
      8 BC REVELSTOKE AIRPORT RD 247.7
      9 BC N VANC GROUSE MTN RESORT 246.6
      10 BC ALTA LAKE 240.4
      11 BC TUNNEL CAMP 240.1
      12 BC CAMPBELL R LAKEVIEW FC 237.2
      13 BC CAMPBELL RIVER A 233.6
      14 BC GARIBALDI 228.1
      15 BC FERNIE 226.0
      16 BC HOPE SLIDE 225.6
      17 BC SEYMOUR FALLS 215.4
      18 BC CUMBERLAND 209.6
      19 BC NAKUSP 207.9
      20 BC KITIMAT TOWNSITE 206.1
      21 BC HANEY UBC RF LOON LAKE 205.2
      22 BC HELLS GATE 204.6
      23 BC FORDING RIVER COMINCO 204.1
      24 BC ETHELDA BAY 201.7
      25 BC HOLBERG 200.8
      26 BC COQUITLAM LAKE 200.5
      27 BC NEW DENVER 199.7
      28 BC MICA DAM 197.5
      29 BC CHILLIWACK R CENTRE CRK 192.2
      30 BC FALLS RIVER 190.4
      31 BC SICAMOUS 186.9
      32 BC DAISY LAKE DAM 185.2
      33 BC YMIR 185.1
      34 BC DUNCAN LAKE DAM 184.9
      35 BC CAMPBELL RIVER BCFS 184.4
      36 BC EAGLE BAY 182.7
      37 BC ROSSLAND MACLEAN 182.6
      38 BC MALAKWA EAGLE R HATCHERY 181.7
      39 BC HOPKINS LANDING 175.9
      40 BC COWICHAN LAKE FORESTRY 175.3
      41 BC SURGE NARROWS READ IS 173.8
      42 BC ALBERNI ROBERTSON CREEK 173.4
      43 BC KASLO 173.2
      44 BC LAKELSE LAKE 172.8
      45 BC STEWART BCHPA 172.1
      46 BC KIMBERLEY 171.6
      47 BC BLACK CREEK 171.4
      48 BC MT KOBAU OBSERVATORY 170.2
      49 BC CHASE 170.1
      50 BC OCEAN FALLS 169.8

      Comment by sunshinehours1 — February 21, 2014 @ 9:07 AM | Reply


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