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Calgary lucked out with an absolutely amazing September and October this year, it was definitely nice with no fear of an early snowfall coming.
With all the warmth, it got us thinking: when did the first significant snowfall of the season occur in Calgary in the last few years?
Well, we reached out to the experts at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and they combed through the past 10 years of data, and some of the facts may surprise you.
You may even remember the years when YYC got a wicked early pile of snow or the years when it arrived blissfully later than usual.
How much snow has to fall for it to count?
About two inches of snow is the official first significant snowfall event, according to ECCC.
So, let’s take a look at when the first significant snow event was recorded in Calgary in the last 10 years.
2011: November 30, when 5.8 centimeters fell
2012: October 9, when 2 centimeters fell
2013: October 27, when 4.4 centimeters fell
2014: September 8, when 12 centimeters fell
2015: October 3, when 3 centimeters fell
2016: October 7, when 4 centimeters fell
2017: November 1, when 2.2 centimeters fell
2018: October 1, when 5.3 centimeters fell
2019: September 28, when 4.5 centimeters fell
2020: October 14, when 5.5 centimeters fell
2021: October 29, when 3.6 centimeters fell
Oh, and the latest amount of measurable snow ever to fall in Calgary? This happened in 1952 when the white stuff first appeared on November 19.
So there you have it. So far, Calgary has beaten seven of the previous 10 years when it comes to the first significant snowfall event. Let’s see if it lasts until November like it did in 2017 and 2011. Wouldn’t that be nice?
From the looks of The Weather Networks’ early winter forecast, Calgary can expect an interesting winter, to say the least.
If you’re curious about how our friends up north are surviving, we’ve got the data for Edmonton’s snowfall here too.