If you like thunderstorms, this aint the place...
Actually Nanaimo holds the record for the lowest average number of thunderstorms of any city in Canada...so if you love a good lightning show, sorry this isn't the burg : )
But we do have a wonderful climate, I believe the term is " Modified Mediterranean" due to the warming effect of the Japanese current that flows offshore from the Island producing cool summers and warm winters...I really don't feel we have a traditional Canadian winter here, really just a long stretched out autumn and spring : ) As for moisture, it's not as bad as one would be led to believe due to the rainshadow effect of the Insular mountain ranges (Victoria does even better in this regard due to the Olympic Mtns. in Washington state that are higher in elevation)...Vancouver city tends to get more precipitation then Nanaimo as the prevailing weather tend to come up against the North Shore mtns. and cause precipitation to fall, especially in areas like North Van....
We do get an odd bit of wind here, but I'd say nothing compared to the prairies...the two windiest places I've been are Lethbridge and the Foothills area around Pincher Creek.....there's a reason for all those windmills around there.... : )
Last edited by yogi bear; 04-29-2009 at 08:16 PM.
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