Weather is a shared subject. It's -12 °C, but with the windchill it feels more like -30 °C. Yes, it's cold out but it could be a lot worse. Bundle up
and make friends with your longjohns 'cause here are some Canadian facts and other weather trivia to put the cold in perspective.
- The lowest temperature recorded in Canada was -63 °C at Snag, Yukon Territory, on February 3, 1947.
- On November 10, 1986, Winnipeg dug out from beneath 35.8 cm of snow left by a 32-hour storm. Clean-up costs were $2.5 million, a quarter of the city's
annual snow-removal budget.
- Between December 31, 1993 and January 19, 1994, Yellowknife endured a record 20 consecutive days when the minimum temperature was less than or equal to -37 °C.
- On December 15th, 1964, the Great Blizzard struck parts of the Prairie provinces with heavy snow, sustained winds of 50 to 90 km/h, and - 34 °C temperatures. Over 1,000
livestock were lost and three people froze to death.
- On December 29th, 1794, Peter Fidler, a Hudson's Bay Company employee and one of the first weather observers in Canada, recorded that Holland gin froze solid at -27 °C,
English brandy at -32 °C and rum at -35 °C.
- 1999 was the third warmest year in Canada. That's according to Environment Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada. That was the last year Canadian temperatures were
above normal by at least 1.5 ° C for almost all of the country.
- Based on a 52 year period of record, the warmest year was 1998 at 2.5 ° C above normal, and the second warmest was 1981 at 2 ° C above normal.
- The century long record for southern Canada shows 1996 as the wettest year.
- 1910 was the driest year.
Victoria is the city with the lowest annual average snowfall: 47 centimetres.
The heaviest snowfall in one day was 118.1 centimetres at Lakelse Lake, January 17, 1974.
Winnipeg has the sunniest winters with the most hours of sunshine during December, January and February: 358 hours.
The most humid city is Windsor with the highest average vapour pressure, 1.78 kilopascal, during June, July and August.
Corner Brook is the snowiest city with an annual average snowfall: 422 centimetres. Note that several smaller places also in Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Anthony (505 cm),
Churchill Falls (465 centimetres), Happy Valley-Goose Bay (459 centimetres), Gander (443 centimetres) and Deer Lake (425 centimetres) have higher annual snowfall.
The city with fewest days below freezing is Vancouver, which has an average of 51 days per year with freezing temperatures.
Kamloops has the warmest summers with an average daytime temperature of 27.2 degrees Celsius during June, July and August.
The sunshine capital is Estevan with the greatest number of hours of sunshine per year: 2500 hours. Estevan also has the highest
annual number of hours per year with clear skies (between zero and two tenths sky cover): 2979 hours.
The most extreme change in temperature took place in January 1962 in Pincher Creek when a warm, dry wind known as a chinook, brought the temperature up from -19 degrees Celsius
to 22 degrees Celsius in an hour.
Medicine Hat is the driest city with 271 days without measurable precipitation.
Is the snowiest city, (100 largest cities based on population) with an average of 443 cm (174 inches) of snow annually (1971-2000 averages).