Archives for February 7, 2018
The February 1st snow survey is now complete. Data from 86 snow courses and 69 automated snow weather stations around the province, collected by the Ministry of Environment Snow Survey Program and partners, and climate data from Environment and January weather patterns affecting British Columbia were mixed. Generally, the month featured above-normal (+0.5 to 2.0°C) temperatures across most of the province, with areas of warmer temperatures in the Kootenays.
The first half of the month was mild with light precipitation and subdued snow accumulation. Several significant storm events affected the province in the second half of January, especially for the southern half of the province. An atmospheric river in late January created flood conditions on Vancouver Island. January precipitation totals were well above normal for the southern half of BC, while the Northwest and North Coast regions were below normal.
Snow basin indices for February 1st 2018 range from a low of 51% of normal in the Northwest to a high of 165% in the Skagit (Table 1 and Figure 1). Overall, the province has a slightly-above normal snow pack for February 1st, with the average of all snow measurements across the province at 108%, increasing significantly from 96% of normal on January 1st. Well-below normal snowpack is present in the Stikine (67%) and Northwest (51%).
Well-above normal snow pack (>130%) is present in the Okanagan, Similkameen, Lower Fraser, South Coast, Skagit and Vancouver Island. Above normal snow pack (110-120%) is present in the East Kootenay, West Kootenay and Boundary regions. Near normal snowpacks (80-110%) are present throughout the rest of the province. The Fraser River snow index as an entire watershed is 101% of normal.
The persistent unsettled weather in late-January for the southern half of the province increased the snow pack considerably. The most dramatic increases occurred for south coastal regions. Vancouver Island increased from 96% on January 1st to 148% of normal, the South Coast from 106% to 139% of normal, and the Lower Fraser from to 99% to 141% of normal.
La Niña conditions are present, with negative sea surface temperature anomalies acrossmuch of the eastern and central sections of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Over the past month sea surface temperature anomalies have steeply declined in the northern Pacific Ocean off the coast of the BC, with cooler than normal temperatures now dominant. The Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) at the U.S. National Weather Service/NOAA is forecasting a high likelihood of La Niña persisting through the winter, with a transition to ENSO-neutral conditions expected during the spring. Typically, La Niña is linked to cooler winters across
British Columbia and snowpacks tend to be higher than normal. Over the past 6 weeks weather patterns have aligned with typical La Niña weather, bringing significant growth to the provincial snow pack.
Seasonal forecasts (February to April) from Environment and Climate Change Canada are indicating an increased likelihood of normal temperatures across western and southern British Columbia and below normal temperatures in south-east and northern BC. Short-to medium term forecasts are suggesting near normal temperatures through February. A storm event is currently impacting the Interior, Central Coast and North Coast, with significant snow accumulation occurring in many areas. By early February, nearly two-thirds of the annual BC snowpack has typically accumulated. High snow packs in the South Interior, including the Skagit, Similkameen and Okanagan, may be an early indication of increased seasonal flood risk for the upcoming freshet season. In coastal areas, including Vancouver Island and South Coast flooding on local river systems generally occurs in the fall-winter period, and spring flood risk is minimal. In the Lower
Fraser, high snow pack can contribute to increased spring flood risk on the Lillooet River and tributaries, and increased seasonal runoff in the spring can also contribute higher localinflows to the lower reaches of the Fraser River.
Seasonal volume runoff forecasts (see below) are near-normal (85-105%) for the Upper Fraser, Middle Fraser, Thompson and Skeena/Bulkley basins, and well above-normal (>120%) for areas of the South Interior, including the Okanagan, Similkameen and Nicola. Similarly the snowmelt component of seasonal runoff on Vancouver Island, South CoastLower Fraser and Skagit is expected to be higher than normal given the high snow pack in those regions. Well below normal snow packs in the North-west and Stikine are an early indication of the potential for below normal seasonal runoff.
OTTAWA – Tonight MP Richard Cannings’ Bill C-354 an Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, (Use of Wood) passed its first vote at second reading. The bill will now be sent to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources for review. Bill C-354 proposes to require the federal government to consider the use of wood in federal infrastructure projects, taking into account the associated costs and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by using wood products.
“I want to thank all of my colleagues from all parties who voted in favour of sending C-354 to committee” said Cannings. “It’s gratifying to see so many MPs from so many different backgrounds rally around this measure that will help the Canadian forestry sector grow for decades to come.”
The bill will be studied in the Natural Resources committee at a date yet to be determined. Cannings, who is vice-chair of that committee, said “I look forward to working with my colleagues in committee, and moving towards the passage of this important piece of legislation.
On February 6th, 2018 at 6:00 am a fire was reported in a dumpster behind the Oliver Place Mall. A male was observed putting items into the dumpster fire. This male was identified as Steve Godbout age 50 years old.
Steve Joseph Adilard Godbout was released from jail on Jan 28th, 2018 and placed on probation while residing in Oliver. Steve Godbout was located and arrested the same day behind the Oliver Place Mall later in the afternoon.
Several charges were forwarded and approved by Crown Counsel for appearance in court today. He will appear in court again February 21st.
Provincial court records indicate charges of breach of probation, Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting arrest.
July 27 2016 – Joe Fries, (then) Penticton Western
A man caught leaving an equipment building next to a downed Telus cell tower – but not actually charged with toppling it – was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail.
Steven Joseph Adilard Godbout, 48, was convicted of break and enter and possession of stolen property under $5,000 following trial in provincial court in Penticton. He was given enhanced credit of 171 days’ time served.
Godbout’s was photographed at the Oliver-area tower site two days after the collapse, then arrested April 5. Officers found in his possession a USB drive and other small items taken from the equipment building, which housed electronics needed to run the tower.
The 45-metre tower atop Fairview Mountain near Oliver went down March 17 after someone released one of three high-tension guy wires that anchored the structure to the ground, leaving hundreds of Telus customers without service.
Judge Greg Koturbash emphasized Godbout – who had 29 prior convictions for break and enter – wasn’t deemed responsible for the tower collapse, but still put people in danger by mangling the door to the building such that it couldn’t be opened for several hours.
Replacing Cell Tower cost $500 thousand – photo by Joel Desjardins
The Oliver Ambassador Program is a program that focuses on self-improvement, friendship, and travel. Our current ambassadors are now in search of candidates for the 2018 season. In the Candidacy program, students in grades 9-11 participate in local volunteer events in the community as well as getting a chance to be involved in various workshops provided by the program.
Recently, candidates have studied: self-defense, skin care, the history of Oliver and personal finance. Over the course of candidacy many skills will be developed such as networking, interview skills, public speaking, and personal presentation. Our current ambassadors enjoyed expanding and building new and diverse relationships throughout the province.
Candidacy runs from February until August, when a new ambassador team will be named. We encourage any youth interested in this program to contact Lori Martine at 250-498-6971 or message us on our Facebook page. A brief information meeting will be held at SOSS cafeteria at 3pm on Tuesday, February 13th.