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.
The week between Christmas and New's Years has been a fine week in the Bella Coola Valley. Once the east wind died after Christmas it has been mostly just below freezing, a few centimetres of snow and a couple days of good blue sky. All in all a good period for for family outings, cross country skiing at East Branch (not enough snow this year yet for snowmobiling) or just hiking in the valley bottom or using snow shoes up the side roads. All good and restful for the middle of winter. Grizzly
The east wind is subsiding and the sky turned pure blue today and the temperature is a nice -7C. It looks likes it will be a beautiful Christmas day in the Bella Coola Valley with a bit of snow on the ground but not having to shovel much. Mrs. Grizzly is wishing for a fresh dusting of snow on the trees, which Environment Canada suggests may happen. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the holiday season, leave a comment and tell us how Christmas Day looks in your part of the world tomorrow. Grizzly
The first serious east wind (Arctic Outflow) hit the Bella Coola Valley last night. The temperature isn't too bad, mostly in the -7 range but there have been some pretty good gusts of east wind...depending of course where you are at in the valley - less wind the further inland you go. Cathedral Point, mid way down Burke Channel is showing the usual extreme winds with gusts of 95 km/h today and -7 or -8 temperatures, not very survivable if you are on the water. Grizzly
Its been mostly a mixed week of weather, consistent with the rest of December and most of November, nothing dramatic and some nice weather thrown in. Like today where it started out very grey and low, and even snowed a very light skiff, then within a hour it cleared right out and it was a beautiful December day with a fresh dusting of snow everywhere. Grizzly
December has been on and off for snow in the Bella Coola Valley - we get a little, it melts in some areas, then it comes back or gets added to where it is accumulating. So far very easy on the shoveling though and a few nice days after fresh snowfalls. Grizzly
As I was leaving my driveway in the dark this morning, I noticed some unusual tracks crossing it so I backed up to see what they were. When I saw it was a fresh grizzly bear track it made sense of why the dog was so barky when she was outside earlier. I captured this photo in the light of the headlights and it highlights the palm print well. I'm no expert in reading palms, but if you could read them, I bet you the lines on this big set of tracks could tell you some scary stories! Grizzly
When you live in a narrow valley with 8000+ mountains all around, you get used to not having much warning of weather changes - at least not the visual clues of distant lines of clouds coming. This morning after the morning fog cleared out, there was a few hours of blue sky and then before you knew it the light changed and I looked up and a front of clouds was rapidly closing in and 'putting the lid back on' the valley for another few days of forecast rain and snow. Grizzly
We had a few more centimetres of snow in the Bella Coola Valley last night and then some thawing and light rain, but there are a few inches or more on the ground everywhere now.
The small ski hill run by the Tweedsmuir Ski Club is lacking enough snow to ski. The photo taken today looking down the hill shows you the fact that we only have about 60 cm of snow - not nearly enough to cover the trees - we usually have well over a metre or more by Christmas time so hopefully more comes soon. Meanwhile to the west of us in the Clayton Falls Creek Valley, west of the townsite of Bella Coola, some snowmobilers told me there was 2.25 metres of snow already in the pass.
Our high mountains are definitely producing the rain shadow effect to the east of us this year. Grizzly
I've been away a bit in the first few days of December, but we did have a few wet days and a few wet snow days in the Bella Coola Valley. Last night and today we had a bit more snow, how much depends on the usual of where you live, with 4 or 5 cm in the mid valley and more than 10 cm in some other areas. All in all November and early December have been kind with weather to Bella Coola. Grizzly