Calgary Winter Weather

Posted by mobile phone:
I’m sort of working from home today (taking care of my family is more accurate). We had to drive down to the south end of town to Alex’s doctor. If you live in Calgary, you know what that means today.
For those of you who haven’t heard, Calgary had another dump of snow last night. In theory, that shouldn’t really matter — this is Calgary, after all.
Even though it is still autumn seasonally, winter always comes early at this latitude. It arrived a couple of weeks ago. You’d think after that time, people would adjust…
North and south of the city, cars are piled in the ditches. Cars stalled on city streets. Traffic moving at a snail’s pace — and by the time we hit the road, the roads were merely wet.
The forecasters say this will be the coldest winter in 15 years. One can only wonder how accurate the forecast will be, and how much snow we will get.
And how many cars will end up in ditches…

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  1. What’s the average annual snowfall in Calgary? You may be colder but, I think we have you beat in snowfall!! I’ll try to bring up a few photos of winter in Oswego, NY from last year or the Tug Hill plateau due east of Lake Ontario. Hi to Alex and [The Wee One] and Happy Holidays to you all.

  2. Y’know, that’s a darn good question. I know Calgary doesn’t normally get a heap of snow (you folks on the south side of Lake Ontario/Lake Erie will get lake effect in droves compared to the leeward side of the Rockies), though the areas just inside the mountains would likely dwarf you (1 metre in a single snowfall).
    Hmm… according to the internet (sic), the average is 126.7 cm per year. We’ll see if that changes this year.

  3. Hi Geoff,
    126.7 cm = 49 inches or so of snow in Calgary in an average year….. Syracuse receives an average of 296.96 cm = 116.9 inches in an average winter…… a couple of winters ago, we topped out at
    over 220 inches of snow….. in that year we had 3 separate snowfalls of about 3 feet each…..when that happens, the plows still try to keep up but, if it snows quickly, even they give up….
    oh, isn’t it fun in snow country???? I am currently looking out the window at falling snow….. it has been doing that all day…. even though the weatherman said it would stop @ 1 PM. This current snowfall has brought us about 18 inches of snow….. the weatherman’s “diagnostic weather brick” is obviously not working!!!
    I think the weather people on TV/weather channel invent scenarios to justify their existance….. happy winter in Calgary to you all!!

  4. Ouch.
    Well, at least when it’s -40 here, it doesn’t feel like -400. I love having almost no humidity in the winter. 🙂

  5. I dream to snowy winters! In Romania, wher I live, was not any snow flake to see last winter. But this winter begann very motivated, angering me as a beekeeper! Hapy holydays to Calgary.

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