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Douglas Street in Victoria, Monday February 6, 2017. (Courtesy Kevin Peach)
For those of you who love looking at numbers (and I do, especially when it comes to weather statistics!), here’s a look at some of data from the wicked winter storm that blasted Vancouver Island February 8-9, 2017.
At Comox airport, snowfall records were broken both February 8 and 9, while Nanaimo broke a snowfall record on February 8 alone. At Campbell River, the previous snowfall record on February 8 set in 2001 was smashed by more than 10 cm! Looks like February 9 will also break a record, but we’ll know for sure by the end of the day. At Powell River, February 8 snowfall was a record breaker, too.
February 2017 will go down as one of the snowiest on record in Victoria. A total of 32.8 cm has been measured at the YYJ weather station. That makes 2017 the 3rd snowiest February since 1978!
Here’s how the snow fell this month so far. Notice it mixed with rain at times.
To put this in perspective, if you look at meteorological winter (December-January-February) the seasonal average amount of snow in Victoria is 31.0 cm. So, yes, Victoria got an entire winter season’s worth of snow in just a few days!
As we watch the snow melt away, here are a few viewer submissions to remind you of the beauty of the snowy week.
Barbara Walton, Lake Cowichan.
Karen Hopkins, Cobble Hill.
Sarah White, Langford.
Patrice Plank, Metchosin.