Winter is Coming 2014
November 10th, 2014 by Michael

Our long spell of above normal low temperature will end Monday evening. A cold outflow from the Fraser is already starting  to take nighttime temperatures here on Saturna below 7°C for the first time in weeks.  Monday going into Tuesday is the beginning of a stronger outflow and then by Wednesday night the low may dip to minus 4. But this short cold snap is probably a good thing for olive trees in the area because our mild weather since the rains arrived in late September mean that many trees have put on new growth. This is not unusual for olives but the upcoming cold will hopefully push the trees into a more winter appropriate mode. Olive trees don’t ever go truly dormant but if a really severe cold snap came along at this time any new growth would be damaged and the trees might also be more vulnerable to serious damage. However, this predicted cold snap might crisp up the more tender newly formed leaves but it shouldn’t really harm the trees. 

The actual low temperatures will vary around the SGI and Vancouver Island of course. Here on Saturna there will probably be areas that won’t see freezing temperatures while those more exposed to outflows could go lower than the predicted maximum low of minus 4. If in doubt or if you have young trees planted outside then wrap them in something like row cover cloth or horticultural fleece. 

Earlier this weekend the following alert was issued by Environment Canada (similar warnings can be found on the NOAA Washington State area site). EC has since pulled this alert from its website but the accompanying forecast for freezing low temperatures mid-week has not changed. The coast may not be as affected by this arctic low as much as predicted but we probably won’t know until Tuesday—it could be better or it could be worse. Meanwhile, stay calm, be brave and wait for the signs…


Alerts for: Southern Gulf Islands


10:06 AM PST Sunday 09 November 2014
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Southern Gulf Islands

Cold air on its way to the coast.

A major shift in the flow is expected early this week. An Arctic ridge of high pressure building over the interior will push colder air out to the coast as strong northeast outflow winds develop through the mainland valleys on Monday. Temperatures will fall with maximum temperatures at least 5 degree below seasonal normals by Remembrance day. As well near freezing temperatures can be expected for several nights bringing the first frost of the season to many localities in the south.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at weather.gc.ca.

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