Mild winter in Northwest B.C.

Sunny skies have more often been the norm in Northwestern B.C. this winter, with less rain and less snow than last year.

Scenery by Kitsumkalum Lake captured on a sunny day.

This year started out with a colder January than 2015 and then gave us a warmer February than 2015 and definitely less snow.

January 2016 averaged out a maximum temperature of -1 C, and an average minimum temperature of -4.4 C compared to January 2015 that saw an average maximum temperature of 2.1 C and an average minimum temperature of -1.5 C.

And there was 81.4 mm of rain  and 26.7 cm of snow in January 2016 in contrast to January 2015, which saw 158.6 mm of rain and 35.6 cm of snow.

February 2016, up to the 24th, has reached an average maximum temperature of 4.1 C and an average minimum temperature of -0.2 C compared to February 2015 with an average max temperature of 2.8 C and average minimum temperature of -2.1 C.

February 2016 up to the 24th has soaked us in 111.2 mm of rain in and only 21 cm of snow compared to last year’s 48.9 mm of rain and whopping snow dump of 179.3 cm that froze the city, keeping many snowed in at home for several days.

The end of last year and winter dumped more snow on us than the previous year but less rain.

December 2015 was chilly with an average maximum temperature of -1.6 C and average minimum temperature of -4.7 C compared to December 2014 with an average maximum temperature of 0.4 C and average minimum temperature of -3.5 C. December 2015 had 76.2 mm of rain and 74.1 cm of snow compared to December 2014’s 166.9 mm of rain and 51.8 cm of snow.

The month of November 2015 averaged a maximum temperature of 2.4 C and average minimum temperature of -2.4 C compared to November 2014’s average maximum of 1.6 C and average minimum of -2.3 C.

Rainfall was less this past November with 83.7 mm and more snow with 34.6 cm of the white stuff compared to November 2014’s 146.1 mm of rain and 1.6 cm of snow.

Environment Canada’s forecast for the northwest of B.C. predicts temperatures will be above normal for March and April.