Earlier snowfall than 2012 unlikely in Fort St. John

The first fall dump last year was posted as 4.4 centimetres on October 10th, but it was followed by about 83 more before the month was over. 

In 2011 it took until the 21st of the month before any snow was recorded, and then it was only 2.2 centimetres, and that was all we got for the entire month. 

2010 was the year the airport station recorded 1.8 centimetres on September 1st, and by the end of that month it had received 43 centimetres, which was about seven more than we got in October of that year. According to Environment Canada records, that’s the earliest date Fort St. John has received snow in the last half of the year in this century, but the agency has snowfall records for this city for every month of the year. 

In fact the daily record amount for August is about 23 times the average snowfall for that month. We officially received 18.5 centimetres on August 17 in 1973, even though the monthly average is 0.8 centimetres. 

The July average is zero, but on the 4th of the month in 1999 Environment Canada officially recorded 0.4 centimetres.