Category Archives: Weather

New study of the 2021 heat wave and what it represents for the future

Close to 600 people died in British Columbia’s June 2021 heat wave. As it occurred during an abnormally low tide, billions of mussels, clams, sea stars and other invertebrates are believed to have perished. Some of the marine devastation was on Cortes and Quadra Islands. A new record for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada was set, but a new study from the University of Bristol found worse heat waves in other times and places. 

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Environment Canada links B.C. floods to human-induced climate change

By Natasha Bulowski, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Human-induced climate change “contributed substantially” to the atmospheric river and ensuing floods that devastated B.C. last year, a new study by Environment Canada scientists confirms, warning Canadians to brace for more of the same.

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SRD: Individuals and corporations helping out during recent cold snap

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At their January 12th meeting, the SRD Board had some good reports about the way individuals and corporations helped out during the recent cold snap.

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Jet stream brings weather extremes to the Kootenays

By John Boivin, Valley Voice, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

It wasn’t so much the broken temperature record that excites Southeast Fire Centre Fire Weather Forecaster Jesse Ellis about December’s weather.

It was the way that the record was broken.

On Dec 1, temperatures hit +14.6C, breaking a new record for the warmest December day ever (the previous had been +12.5 in 1996). 

With the thermometer hitting -18.9C on the last day of the year, it also made for the widest coldest day-warmest day difference in December in 40 years.

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Keeping the grid up on Cortes Island

Trying to keep the grid up has been very challenging these past three weeks. BC Hydro crews were constantly on call throughout the region, since Christmas Eve, repairing power outages caused by falling trees and snow encrusted power lines. Sub-zero temperatures meant skyrocketing heating bills. When local resident John Sprungman recently asked why his lights were flickering, a BC Hydro repair technician informed him that Cortes Island is trying to draw more power than the infrastructure on Cortes can handle. BC set a new record for peak electricity demand between 5 and 6 PM on December 27th, 2021: 10,902 megawatts.

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