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View Poll Results: Rate the Climate - Whitehorse,Yukon
A 10 34.48%
B 6 20.69%
C 3 10.34%
D 3 10.34%
F 7 24.14%
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:06 AM
Location: Dalby, Queensland
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F-. Bitterly cold winters, cool summers, low precipitation, low sunshine hours. This place has everything I hate.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:02 AM
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I've always wanted to visit Whitehorse, love the Yukon,
looks very scenic, especially Kluane National Park,
Canada's highest mountain, Mt Logan 19,551ft (5959m)
is located in the park. Those huge mtns block most pacific moisture,
making Whitehorse almost desert-like dry. It is strange
about number of precip days, must be a very low threshold

Summers look nice, winters ok too but start too early (Nov.)
but warms up nicely by March.

If you prefer warmer summers, Dawson City (farther north),
has summers with avg highs in the 70's F , however trade off is
much colder winters, Whitehorse feels like Miami in the winter
compared to Dawson City
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:36 AM
Location: Laurentia
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I give it a grade of A. I was surprised to see that Whitehorse had such a pleasant climate. Winters aren't too cold; in fact the temperatures are great by my measures. Record highs and lows are good. The rhythm of rain and snow (exclusive snow in winter, first rain in April) is just the way I like it. The only deficiency is that it cools down too fast in autumn, but this is made up for by the nice and mild summers, which are close to ideal temperature-wise. Record highs and lows in summer look good to me. Precipitation is on the dry side, but I like it that way. The only deficiency is that the wettest time of year is summer and it's drier in winter. If it was spread more evenly there could be more snowfall in wintertime; the figure of 57 inches is good, but I could do with a lot more than that. Unlike some other places, however, the level of dryness in winter is not a hinderance to maintaining a good snowpack. Sunshine is great by my standards, at around 1800 hours, and thus Whitehorse has the combination of cloudiness, low moisture, and low humidity that I like.

The hottest temperatures here have been recorded in June, with a gradual decrease in record highs as the summer progresses. It's curious that the second-hottest monthly record high is actually in the month of May. Whitehorse certainly exhibits a seasonal lead in Spring vs. Autumn. I certainly wouldn't complain about that.

It also looks like a better place to live than I expected. Although I didn't know anything about its geography, I also didn't expect the surrounding topography to be so mountainous. Whitehorse is certainly full of surprises, and one of the biggest surprises is that it was rated by one agency as the most comfortable climate in Canada. With the dominant dryness, cold winters, and mild summers, I have to agree with the high rating . However I can't say it's the best climate in Canada; there are places in Labrador that edge out Whitehorse for me.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:31 PM
Location: London
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Originally Posted by Desertstorm View Post
F. Freezing icebox that recieves less sunshine than the confines of my colon.

I would be kinder and give it a B/C - winters are great, including those record lows and I like the low precipitation - but it could do with more sunshine and higher summer temperatures.
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