Canada Canadian Weather 19/20 Season

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  1. Ret-ro

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    The start
     
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    Apex got 40 cm last night and it's still snowing. Local knowledge says "October snow is temporary snow," but I dont know what to say about September snow.
     
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    It's October here and we have snow as well.
     
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    Apex this morning, via FB. The almost buried picnic tables give a good idea of snow depth. Snow level went down below 1000 m which is the really surprising thing. I've been snowed on up there every month of the year, but the village is at 1700 m so that's understandable. For it to snow so low so early in autumn is pretty unusual. We've had a cool, wet September so this is a progression I guess.

    Views from the valley below on the way home from the coast today:



    There must have been some tree carnage up high today, a week ago there were hardly any leaves turned even yellow, let alone fallen off. Trees with leaves still on hold a lot more snow, so you can bet lots of branches failed under the unexpected snow load.
     
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    Starting to look better above the Canadian Alps -12 at 10000ft
     
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    First glimpse of snow on the Lions:

     
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    Shouldn’t this be in Weather?


    Some decent snowfall for Friday in the Canadian Rockies.
     
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    Yep there is a cold front on its way. Strong wind and some snow tonight as the cold air mixes with the pacific air. Been +15 and sunny down in the valleys, we are laying a big patio slab today just in time to beat the system.
     
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    This currently resides in Weather>> General & World. Unless I am missing something, it’s in its right home.
     
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    That's because I moved it here, from Travel > Canada :)
     
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    Whitewater resembling mid-season.
     
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    With all the early snow falls seems Whistler is missing out atm. Realise season hasn’t kicked off yet and it’s early but is there anything significant brewing up on the long range models for the next week or so.
     
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    The way the Northern PV is maturing there is an omega blocking scenario over the Pac NW, so nothing of interest in the next 10 days for that region IMO.
     
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    That's what I'm counting on, stucco guys start tomorrow. We're gonna get this house scratched in before winter. Yessssss
     
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    Just looking at the GFS models and it seems fronts are lining up to give BC south some love. Any predictions how Whistler may fair in the next few days/week.
     
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    January certainly made up for it!!
     
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    No complaints apart from the jet stream that came through that had us laid up for a day or 2. Exact reason why we always extend our trip for downtime’s if there is a bump in the weather. Mountain recovered quickly and was soon forgotten. Great place and looking forward to returning soon.
     
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    Wow did it ever. In the relatively dry interior, at Apex we had over 40 cm of new snow in each week of January. I can't remember a January like that, there's usually at least one week - or two - of dry and cold. We went from a pretty lean Christmas to over 200 cm base by end of January. And then in the first week of Feb it went absolutely nuts, 165 cm in 7 days. We hit 300 cm base by the 15th. To put it in perspective, settled base greater than 300 cm only happens about twice a decade at Apex, and typically we don't get there until late March. So this season it happened with more than 6 weeks of skiing still left, and of course it continued to snow. The stick showed 335 cm on March 18 when they had to close, and another 60+ cm came down before scheduled season end on April 5. Safe to say they would have exceeded the mythical 350 cm and set an Apex record.

    I know those aren't epic numbers by ski world standards, but this is the rain shadow behind the Cascades. 30 minutes away down at valley bottom we have tumbleweeds and rattlesnakes. Dry high elevation air makes for good snow quality so we had some stunning powder days in 2020. I wonder if anyone will remember what a monster it was? Something else about 2020 might overshadow memories of a good snow year...
     
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    Sly, we family skied Canada , saw 18 ft of snow fall. Snow in Vancouver , Snow in Seattle. Heaviest snowfall I have ever seen in The Olympic Mtns , East of Seattle , Got 25 days in , 11 days in Hawaii , back just in Time.
    Never forget the trees..
     
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