A ‘Colder Than Average’ December in Prince George: Environment Canada
Prince George, B.C. – Last month was cold in Prince George, but not cold enough to break any records.
Alyssa Charbonneau, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the average temperature last month was minus 12.2 degrees, much cooler than the average December temperature of minus 7.2.
“And that would rank it as the 13th coldest December in Prince George (with records going back to 1945). And as far as precipitation goes, there was 25.8 centimetres, which is 58.8 per cent of the normal precipitation for the month.”
She says the coldest average temperature in Prince George for December on record was minus 16.4 in 1984 while the highest was minus 1 in 1992.
Charbonneau notes the coldest December day on record was minus 45.6 on Dec. 16, 1964. That’s way colder than the coldest days in 2016 – Dec. 14 and Dec. 16 when the average low for both days was minus 24.8.
She adds last month likely felt colder than normal because the average low in December 2015 was a significantly warmer minus 5.8.
Charbonneau attributes the plunging temperatures to “some outbreaks of Arctic air” for about two weeks the middle part of the month.
So, can we expect the chilly temperatures to persist through January?
“It’s hard to say for the whole month but what I can say is for the first week, yes. It’s gonna be pretty cold today. Things will warm up a little bit as we get towards the latter part of the week and by warm up you’re looking at highs of minus 11 and lows of around minus 13,” she says.
“But by the weekend, that Arctic front will push southward once again and it looks like we’re going to be returning to some of those cold temperatures again on Sunday with highs of minus 22 and lows of minus 29.”