Not Your Average Winter In Grande Prairie

The local newspaper ran a story on Jan 2 2014 about the winter we have been having in the Grande Prairie area. Record-breaking snowfall

In December alone, the city has seen nearly 125 cm of snowfall compared to the average 32 cm that falls every year, said Bill McMurtry, Meteorologist with Environment Canada in Calgary.

“So, almost four times the amount of snow that we typically have in the month of December. And that is a record for the month of December…” he added. “The old record was 105.2 cm, and that was set in 1980…those records go all the way back to 1922.”

In November, the city had double the average snowfall with a total 55 cm of the white stuff.

“And, when we look at the November and December period together, we’re looking at roughly around 180 cm. And that is also a record for November and December combined,” he said. “The previous record was 153.6 cm set back in 1990.”

I have’nt seen this much snow since the winter of 96, when at that time and living in the West Kootenay’s of British Columbia, we had vast amounts of snow in the valley bottom that subsequently made it almost impossible for deer to forage. Three of us from Kaslo were hired to go out and cut their natural browse down so that they could feed on it since converting them over to hay usually meant that a good portion of the deer population died of starvation converting over to the new diet.