December 2013 snowiest month on record at Fort St. John airport weather station

It also posted 3.6 centimetres of snow on the last day of last month, pushing the December total to a record 137.6, or 4.5 feet. That surpassed by nearly 20 centimetres the 33 year old previous record for the month of 118.3. 

In addition, its records show that since the airport station opened in 1942, last month is the snowiest one in Fort St. John history, but that needs to be qualified. Prior to 1942, a town site station was in operation from 1910 to 1945. 

While Environment Canada says many years of data are missing for the first 20 years of that period, it does have a post showing October of 1918 as the snowiest month in Fort St. John history with a total of 144.8 centimeters. It also shows 1933 as the snowiest year in Fort St. John history, with 383 centimetres, which is slightly more than 12.5 feet. 

Since it opened, the airport station has the snowiest year as 1955 with 323.8 centimetres, and that’s 10.6 feet.