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View Poll Results: Rate the Climate: Columbia Icefield
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D 3 37.50%
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F 5 62.50%
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Old Today, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Edmonton, Canada
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The Columbia Icefield is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies. It lies at an elevation of about 3,000m and is surrounded by peaks up to 3,700m. It is one the remnants of the most recent North American glaciation and serves as the source of six glaciers. It is 325 square km in area and up to 365m deep. It is also has a claim on being a hydrological apex of North America with meltwater that flows to three oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic--depending on how the Arctic Ocean is delineated (reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Icefield).

There's no weather station on the icefield but I've estimated the climate based on stats from metoblue.com and cross-correlating with the nearest Environment Canada weather stations. I think it's likely close to reality though still somewhat speculative. The greatest uncertainty lies in summer temperatures: I'm unsure if local effects of the ice and albedo would albedo would result in lower temperatures.

According to these data the Columbia Icefield would have a tundra (ET) climate. This belies the fact that it is, in fact, an ice cap with year-round snow and ice cover. In any event, the Columbia Icefield is a candidate for Alberta's Pole of Cold as it likely has the coldest annual mean temperature in Alberta even though its winters are likely considerably milder than many other parts of the province.




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Source: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia....rticle/glacier


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Old Today, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Obviously F for me. Way too cold year-round.
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Old Today, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Bidford-on-Avon, England
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Sunshine hours? Also the temps in the source don't match those in the box.
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Old Today, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Edmonton, Canada
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Sunshine hours? Also the temps in the source don't match those in the box.
No idea about sunshine hours, sorry. Environment Canada hasn't measured them for years.

Good catch on the mismatch. I actually made the climate box about a year ago and never got around to posting it. It seems since then meteoblue has revised their figures.
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Old Today, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Bidford-on-Avon, England
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No idea about sunshine hours, sorry. Environment Canada hasn't measured them for years.

Good catch on the mismatch. I actually made the climate box about a year ago and never got around to posting it. It seems since then meteoblue has revised their figures.
Well since it isn't in the tropics or the Arctic and there's no sunshine hours, I can't rate it.
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Old Today, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Edmonton, Canada
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Well since it isn't in the tropics or the Arctic and there's no sunshine hours, I can't rate it.
Jasper gets about 1900 hours a year. Try that out for size.

Why don't you care about sunshine hours in the tropics? Or the arctic?
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Old Today, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Bidford-on-Avon, England
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Jasper gets about 1900 hours a year. Try that out for size.

Why don't you care about sunshine hours in the tropics? Or the arctic?
Tropics are too hot all year so that's an automatic F, Arctic gets polar night so that's also an automatic F. And based on Jasper's sun hours, Columbia Icefield gets a D.
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Old Today, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Definitely an F. But the area is breathtakingly beautiful.
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Old Today, 06:27 PM
 
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Well since it isn't in the tropics or the Arctic and there's no sunshine hours, I can't rate it.
Sure beats my insane hot summers.
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Old Today, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I like cold and snow but I also like my four seasons as well. I will have to give this one a grade of D.
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