West Kootenay received 40 per cent snow than normal in November.

West Kootenay received 40 per cent snow than normal in November.

November cooler, snowier

Last month was notable weather-wise as the coolest November since 2003 and for the fact we received 40 per cent more snow than usual.

Last month was notable weather-wise as the coolest November since 2003 and for the fact we received 40 per cent more snow than usual.

According to forecasters Ron Lakeman and Jesse Ellis of the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar, the total amount of precipitation for the month was near normal because we got less than the average amount of rain.

“As is typical during November, Pacific disturbances and precipitation were frequent,” they wrote in their monthly roundup.

Measurable precipitation was recorded on 18 days, which is normal. The first minor snowfall happened on the morning of the 3rd, but changed to rain in the afternoon.

The biggest storm was a “large and very slow moving frontal system” that dumped 12.2 centimeters of snow followed by 25.8 millimeters of rain between the night of the 21st and the night of the 23rd.

After a “modified Arctic airmass seeped into the area” mid-month, the temperature dropped to –10.7 degrees on the night of the 19th. A record daily low of –10.1 was also set on the 16th.

The average temperature for the month was 0.7 degrees — 1.2 degrees colder than normal.