A blog about life in the Bella Coola Valley and the Central Coast area of British Columbia for anyone interested in an incredible and rich part of BC's coast. I hope to provide my thoughts about things as simple as weather observations and seasonal issues, to comments about life and the natural history in the Bella Coola Valley, the Central Coast and the west Chilcotin area.
Note: All photos on this blog were taken by the author unless otherwise noted. While the photos and written material are all the property of the author and protected by Copyright, I'm not a professional photographer and you can use the photos if a link or attribution is provided back to my blog. If you have a need to use a particular photo and you want the high resolution file, leave a comment with your email (I won't publish it) and we can discuss what use you intend the photo for. Grizzly
A resident of the Bella Coola Valley and observer of the natural history, geography, resources, regional climate and cultural history of the Bella Coola Valley, Central Coast and the West Chilcotin area of BC.
I'm pretty sure way back in the early 70's when Deep Purple put out their song "Smoke on the Water", they did not have a picture of North Bentinck Arm during a severe Arctic Outflow in mind, but they could have!
Around Bella Coola when you hear the fishermen talking about 'smoke on the water', you know you should be checking the tie up lines on your boat down at the wharf. The Arctic Outflow hitting the near freezing seawater creates water 'smoke' all along the inlet, giving it the appearance along with the wind blowing and the waves, of some sort of boiling cauldron.
We are going into our third day of outflow tomorrow in the Bella Coola Valley, with the temperatures holding down in the -18 to -20 C range and will be happy to see it warm in the next few days. Grizzly