Plan Your Recreational Activities
Banff Weather information is a must!
This will determine what kind of adventure you're looking for.
What kind of recreational activities you plan on experiencing.
What time of year you want to enjoy Beautiful Banff.
The weather throughout the Canadian Rockies and around Banff is extremely variable, due to our high altitude and the rugged mountain terrain.
Banff Weather - Plan Your Summer Travel Accordingly
Spring (April - June):
Rain and warming temperatures begin to melt winter away from the valleys in April.
However, the high mountain passes and trails remain snow-covered until mid-summer.
June is Banff's rainiest month: this combined with snow melt pushes the rivers to their crests.
There can be some amazing water falls....check out Johnston Canyon.
Summer (July - August):
The summer season usually has low humidity, warm temperatures and daylight hours lasting until 11 p.m. at the height of summer. How about a round of golf in the Rockies.
Average highs are about 21º C (70º F) with night-time lows around 7º C (45º F).
Banff Weather - Plan Your Winter Travel Accordingly
Autumn (September - October):
Fall sees diminishing daylight hours and warm days, with cooling evening winds. How about an romantic afternoon picnic!
Average temperatures are dropping, but the highs remain well above freezing and lows hover right around the freezing point.
Winter (November - March):
Although it can and does snow at any time of the year, the first "real" snow generally begins to fall in November. Check out three world class ski areas.
The average temperature during the winter months is around -12º C (6º F); however it is not unusual to have a two-week cold snap during December or January where temperatures plummet into the -30º C (-22º F) range.
Fortunately, Banff, the National Park, and areas west and south, regularly enjoy a pleasant winter weather phenomenon called a chinook.
What's a Chinook????
One of the most striking features of the chinook is the chinook arch, which is a band of stationary strata clouds caused by air rippling over the mountains.
To those unfamiliar with the chinook, the chinook arch may look like a threatening storm cloud at times.
However, they rarely produce rain or snow. They can also create stunning sunrises and sunsets. I've seen them....they really do look like this....
The warm winds of the chinook produce spring-like temperatures in a matter of hours, and the moderating influence can last for days or even weeks.
They are really amazing to see....it really does look like the end of the world or aliens are coming!!!!
The stunning colours seen in the chinook arch are quite common. Typically the colours will change throughout the day, starting with yellow, orange, red and pink shades in the morning as the sun comes up, grey shades in the mid day changing to pink/red colours, and then orange/yellow hues just before the sun sets.
Chinook is claimed by popular mythology to mean "eater" but it is really the name of the people in the region where the usage was first derived. The reference to a wind or weather system, simply "a Chinook", originally meaning a warming wind from the ocean into the interior regions of the Pacific Northwest.
A strong Chinook can make snow one foot deep almost vanish in one day. The snow partly melts and partly evaporates in the dry wind. Chinook winds have been observed to raise winter temperature, often from below −20°C (−4°F) to as high as 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) for a few hours or days. Then temperatures plummet to their base levels.
The greatest recorded temperature change in 24 hours was caused by Chinook winds on January 15, 1972, in Loma, Montana. The temperature rose from -48°C (-56°F) to 9°C (49°F).
So your winter travel plans shouldn't really be affected but do check the Banff weather forecast to be sure.
Banff Weather - UV Rating
The UV rating for Banff and its surrounding area is usually high to extremely high throughout the year.
Because of the altitude and the sun's angle of incidence in this section of the world, people's skin tends to burn much faster than usual.
Check the weather forecast....you really must use sunscreen, a shade hat, and sunglasses, to avoid sunburn. Some good winter travel planning is all you need to do. Bring those goggles!!
Banff is Beautiful in any Season...Check out the Banff Weather Forecast first.... plan your trip this year!!!
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