Haha, just an hour before I received your question, I found myself exclaiming, “Thank goodness for the rain!” in the Richmond library parking lot.It’s easy to curse the rain, which we get a lot more of than does the notoriously rainy UK, and it’s easy to think—as some visiting Albertans do—that it’s better to have snow with occasional sunny days than to have rain and perpetually overcast skies.However, with BC’s inability to adequately clear our rare snow accumulations, I was grateful to have rain come down to melt away the snow and to wash away the salt and sand that had been sprinkled on the roads to improve traction.
I love being able to see green grass and other vegetation every week of the year.I’d rather have greenery under grey skies than to have the sun blindingly reflect off snowy fields.I also appreciate being surrounded by clean cars instead of the indistinguishable beige cars in Alberta, all caked with a corrosive mixture of salt and sand.
I love never having to wear a coat, even though almost all the Chinese in Richmond are unnecessarily clad in expensive Canada Goose down coats, while I have a thin rain jacket.I love the fact that spring arrives here about two months earlier than in Alberta.This Goldilocks climate ensures that we’re rarely ever cold and rarely ever hot; it’s perfectly temperate here.
Unfortunately, that means the houses are minimally insulated with only single-pane glass, unlike Alberta’s standard energy-efficient double-paned and lately triple-paned glass windows.My uncle, who has spent eight decades working outside in –30°C temperatures on his farm in Central Alberta, claimed that he’d never been colder in his life than when he came here when it was 12°C.Clearly, he wasn’t used to the high humidity, which he felt deep in his bones, in comparison to the extremely cold aridity in Alberta that one feels only on the skin—albeit bad enough to cause dangerous frostbite, as I can attest from almost losing one ear and frequently having painfully swollen toes and fingers in my youth after a few minutes of exposure.
The overcast skies do cause depression in the form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which does tend to plague me, but nowadays, we spend more time indoors than in previous decades before the advent of the Internet, so it shouldn’t be such a problem.Of course, if I ever had a chance to live in Hawaii, I wouldn’t hesitate, though I’d have to think for a while when considering Southern California.Like most Western Canadians, the eastern provinces, including Ontario, and eastern states are a foreign land.
Yet, Florida seems to have drawn people from this far west in the last couple of decades even though it wouldn’t have been a consideration in the ’80s.
You’re kidding right?Growing up in Vancouver, I used to HATE the endless overcast, rainy days in autumn and winter.“At least it’s not snow,” people would say.
Ah, the sense of humour on the Wet Coast.That was then.Now that I’ve lived abroad, I have actually grown to appreciate the weather in Vancouver.
I love the fact that there are 4 distinct seasons.I love spring, when everything seems to come to life after the winter hibernation.Summer is glorious, with its long, long days — generally not too hot or cool (unlike the horribly hot and humid summers in Hong Kong where I currently live).
I love the crisp, cool autumn mornings.I’ve even grown to like the moody, grey days of winter… Nah, not really.I think Hawaii was created to cure vitamin D deficiency in sun-starved Vancouverites.
Just kidding (sort of).Even so, I’d still take Vancouver’s winters over the bitter cold of Toronto or Montreal.
I love the warm Spring and colourful fall, and Summer that has hot spells (30C) but is never too humid.I do not love the dark, rainy days from mid November to mid February.The days are short and it rains most days.
We do get spells of cold snowy weather but they don’t last more than a week.The up side of Winter is that we are surrounded by beautiful wilderness, and great ski slopes.You can be on the slopes 30 minutes from leaving work downtown.
When the sun shines, in early spring, there is not a more beautiful city in Canada to be in than Vancouver.Unfortunately, it rains so much in Vancouver.The low cloud cover and lack of snow to reflect the light make the days dreary and the nights inky black.
No natural light from the moon or stars either.When it snows, even if only a couple of centimetres, which is not often, everyone panics.Buses stop running, the Skytrain experiences over-capacity or delays, and schools shut down causing families to scramble to find day care for their kids while teachers get a paid day off and look after their own kids at home.
Not to mention the traffic nightmares it causes.
When I was growing up in Vancouver, I would have said the weather’s “Goldilocks” character is attractive: not too cold, not too hot, only occasional ice and snow, and definitely no heat waves.It is, after all, like Seattle, a city in the West Coast Marine climate, punctuated by the occasional low-grade hurricane and Arctic outflow (which temporarily produces snow, usually in January, when it hits a Pacific storm).However, this week has been weather chaos, with an intense Arctic outflow wreaking traffic havoc (thousands of accidents each day, problems with both the ALRT and regular buses, and chunks of ice falling off bridges and overpasses).
A2A.Canadian writer Alan Fotheringham once wrote “Vancouver is like London.It has the worst weather in the world but the best climate.” I don’t agree with the absolutist tone in the quote, but agree with the sentiment.
Yeah, we get a lot of rain.We get so much rain, people in Seattle look north and say “at least we’re not there” as they wring out their soaked clothes.But here’s the thing.
That rain most often falls in winter when most of the rest of the country – and much of the US – is getting snow and temperatures that are below freezing.I’ll take rain over four feet of snow and -40 any day, thank you.And those parts of the US that don’t freeze?
They tend to get hurricanes, ice storms, year-round forest fire hazards, tornadoes, and heaven-knows what else.We don’t get any of those either.
I love the rain.And that we get a good two months break from it in the summer.And I’d love to say I like that it doesn’t snow, but there is snow now, and it’s snowed the last three years.
So I guess it does snow here now.Thanks climate change.
The weather is quite mild summer and winter.
It can be very went in the fall and winter but that means new snow in the mountains as a keen skier that’s a good thing.
Last week we had over a foot of snow in our yard today you wouldn’t know it had snowed.Last week it was -8 c today it was + 10 c in January.Living on the Pacific Coast the weather is always changing.
Next week we could be sunny and + 15. c. Historically we get a false spring for 7 to 10 days in February.People will b out playing golf and doing other outdoor activities.Than March comes along and dumps more snow on us.
If you don’t like rain Vancouver is not for you.