Winter 2020 Forecast from the Old Farmer’s Almanac

About the Southern British Columbia Region

The Southern British Columbia long range weather region includes all or part of the following provinces: BRITISH COLUMBIA (Abbotsford, Campbell River, Chilliwack, Courtenay, Cranbrook, Duncan, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Parksville, Penticton, Port Alberni, Powell River, Quesnel, Salmon Arm, Squamish, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, White Rock, Williams Lake).

DatesWeather Conditions
Jan 1-4Showers coast; snow showers, very cold inland
Jan 5-8Snow, then sunny, cold
Jan 9-14Rainy periods, turning mild coast; snow showers, cold inland
Jan 15-18Rainy coast; snow showers inland; mild
Jan 19-31Snow showers, very cold
Januarytemperature -1°C (2°C below avg.)
precipitation 200mm (avg.)
DatesWeather Conditions
Feb 1-8Periods of rain and snow coast, snow showers inland; very cold
Feb 9-17Rainy periods coast, snow showers inland; turning mild
Feb 18-20Sunny, cold
Feb 21-24Rainy periods coast, rain and snow inland; mild
Feb 25-29Sunny, cold
Februarytemperature -2°C (2°C below avg.)
precipitation 150mm (10mm above avg.)

Origins of Hallowe’en

All Saints’ Day, formerly All Hallows Day, is November 1st each year. The night before was called All Hallows Even or Eve now shortened to Hallowe’en. Hallow is a variation on the word “holy.” All Hallows or All Saints is a feast day to honour all Christian saints. What started as a spring event was changed in 835 by Pope Gregory IV to November 1st and coincided with the Pagan ritual called Samhain where it was said the boundaries between living and dead thinned. This made it easier for the souls of the dead to visit the living, not unlike the Dia del Muerte, the Mexican Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 2nd. The costumes, the candy and carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern came from the Samhain tradition. Also, the Church’s practice of souling, going from home to home asking for cakes in return for praying for the souls in the house, was probably the precursor of our present day trick-or-treating.