Snow triggers power outages on Vancouver Island – Closes schools

Nearly 18,000 BC Hydro customers on Vancouver Island remained without power Monday morning.

BC Hydro spokeswoman Simi Heer said that workers trying to restore service were being slowed down by icy and snow-covered roads.


Some of the hardest hit communities included Campbell River, Courtenay, Duncan and North Cowichan, Nanaimo, the Highlands, Pender and Saturna Islands, and Port Alberni.

Heavy snowfall across much of Vancouver Island also had many schools declare Monday a snow day.

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Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for much of the island — including Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay and Nanaimo — where up to 15 cm (6 inches) was expected.

With a risk of tree branches bending and breaking under heavy snow loads, and coming down on power lines, BC Hydro said more power outages could occur later Monday.

BC Hydro outages website:

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

8 thoughts on “Snow triggers power outages on Vancouver Island – Closes schools”

  1. If I recall the weather conditions in the Comox Valley when I was young this time of year rain would be the prevailing form of precipitation at or near sea level. There would be snow for a few weeks near christmas and after the middle of january it would be rain untill march. After that people would start their gardens and plant tomatoes after the Victoria day long weekend. The weather routine from fall to spring was cold monsoons untill around christmas then a bit of snow for a few weeks to a month may be and then cold monsoons untill spring. The current weather trend strikes me as being unusual.

  2. Still is steven. Rain is still our prevailing weather system here in the valley. This recent storm isnt normal for us. Dryest winter ive ever seen here but normally very wet. And tons of snow on mountains which we are just starting to get now. Climate is cooling but locally here has been very moderate for a long time.

    • Well Shaun since we will be having a solar minimum between now and 2020 expect more snow and cooler summers in the future. Frankly I was surprised to see snowfall in the Comox Valley in February.

      Here is the NASA webpage that deals with sunspot cycle graphs. Just click on the graph for a better look from time to time.
      Fewer sunspots means less energy from the sun.

      Here is a video about little ice ages so that you may learn what is possible when the sun goes into hibernation.

      Little ICE Age – Big CHILL – full doc

      • One of the better Sunspot sites is linked on ICE Age now:
        The problem or issue with the NASA site is that they record every spec as a spot. This gives the impression that this Sun cycle is a normal solar cycle, although low powered. IMHO this isn’t the case. The reason for this is that when this cycle is compared to historical records which used very low powered equipment, observers couldn’t see the specs, and therefore didn’t count them. An example of this is the almost flat Sun spot number counts during the Maunder Minimum, today; we have equipment which is much larger and more powerful so the modern equipment enables the counting of every blemish on the Sun. I’m not saying that this is poor science or wrong but we are comparing Apples and Oranges when looking at the historical records. The monthly spec ratio if averaged over this cycle and then re applied to the previous solar minimum cycles might give a similar wave form as to that present on the NASA site.

  3. It would be interesting to compare the weather and season reports for North America during periods of the Solar Dalton Minimum say from 1780 to 1820, it’s possible that the NH Jet Stream meandered in a similar way to this years events in North America on a regular basis. At present, Geoff Sharp’s landscheidt site suggests we are in a similar solar event period. Although the climate warmists are currently suggesting that the meandering Jet Stream is due to a warm Arctic Ocean and lack of ice cover, they can’t have it both ways. This may have been the case during 2012 summer season but since that time, Arctic ice cover has recovered significantly, and with this winters significant cold on a NH wide basis following a similar cold season in the SH, ice retention during the 2014 NH summer season may significantly higher than last years high totals. High levels of winter Ice cover on the Great Lakes may well be a good NA proxy indicator for Jet Stream meandering.
    Fortunately NASA and ESA have Cryosat-2 in orbit providing valuable data adding to the existing 30 year sea ice base line.
    This data cannot be fudged or slanted by NOAA to support AGW or support the discredited IPCC hockey stick graphs. This Global warming site is reporting the levels of ice retention in Antarctica

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