September “typical” Says Environment Canada
Prince George, B.C. – Oh sure, there may have been one or two more frosty mornings than usual, but all in all, September weather in Prince George, was typical.Environment Canada Meteorologist Armel Castellan says September was not really out of line “You were really close on the temperature maximum average, and the mean average” with unofficial numbers placing the average daily maximum at 15.8 degrees, and 9.1 for the mean. The thirty year average shows the daily mean temperature to be 9.4 and the daily maximum average is 15.1 “However, it was the daily minimum which over 30 years has averaged to be 3.6 degrees, and so far, I’m measuring the average ( for this September) at 2.5, so the minimum was a little bit lower by just over a degree.” So there may have been more frosty mornings than in previous Septembers.
As for precipitation, not much change there either. This month saw 50 millimeters, and the normal is 58 mm. “Quite typical” says Castellan.
As for the coming winter, that’s a little too difficult to predict. Castellan says El Nino has hit it’s neutral state but temperatures in the Pacific are still warm, “Our weather in B.C. is driven by what’s happening over the Pacific, so if the temperatures over the Pacific are above normal, our temperatures are going to be above normal too. ” However, that strong influence dwindles the further inland one gets from the coast.
He says at this point, there is no strong system over the Pacific that would signal a harsher than usual winter for the Prince George region. “Right now the projections are on the fence. If the La Nina does materialize ( cooler water in the Pacific) we will come back to ‘neutral for winter’ as an impact on our weather” and that means Prince George will likely see a normal, typical winter.