click for more info on this cloud formation

click for more info on this cloud formation

We are happy to boast 300 days of sunshine in the year, but we have little precipitation (only 400mm/yr), except in the spring. For much of the year we have quite comfortable temperatures, not much humidity (at all) and good visibility. We do have large day-night temperature variations and abrupt weather changes: I can remember a drop of 30 degrees one afternoon, it was our first December here. But that same month we had picnic in the yard, and used a bucket of water for Olivia’s brother to splash around in!


Occasionally we experience extreme cold, but the average temperature in January is -2*C. We get most of our snow in late winter – and in 2003 we had a lovely blizzard over Spring Break which added two more days with no school! Snow usually melts pretty fast here though. We can get chinook, or “snow-eater winds”, which help remove those snow piles, though not so well in the shade, regardless! Some times we can have snow early, in September, and as late as May – even June!

July is our warmest month,  with an avg. of 22*C, though I feel like August has some of the hottest days – like last year’s streak of temperatures above 32*C – and it DID NOT cool off at night, usually our saving grace!

One thing we’ve gotten used to here is that a light wind blows most of the time, but occasional major windstorms especially winter and spring, can drive us a bit crazy – especially when the gusts wake us during the night.

Die arme Tomaten!

Die arme Tomaten!

Thunder is common from late April into mid September, and often we get intense afternoon or evening thunderstorms – we like to sit out on the porch bench with a blanket to watch them! Hail is very common, but threats of tornadoes rarely materialize in the city. The closest I remember was when Olivia was in 7th grade and one hit a small farming community just south east of town.

WIX (Wednesday Idiom Exchange): There’s hail, the ice pellets larger that 5mm in diameter, a word that originates from the German Hagel. And there’s hail: originating form the old English word wassail, meaning a salute or greeting, or the act of greeting. We also say a person hails from a place: I hail from New York, originally!

15 thoughts on “FC ADVENTure CALENDAR Day5

  1. One winter, my three sisters and I packed snow in a cardboard box and made an igloo in our yard over by Redstone, Colorado. We packed block after block. We never got the rounded top…but we had some awesome walls that stayed around for months! Fun!

    Your photos were a treat!


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