'Fogtober' sets Vancouver's driest October in 22 years (PHOTOS)

Dec 19 2017, 4:38 pm

Vancouver is set to break a new weather record if its warm, foggy weather continues into Halloween. By the time children return to their homes from trick-or-treating, this will likely be the driest October in 22 years.

Metro Vancouver usually receives an average of 113 mm of precipitation in October. However, with less than a week to go until November arrives, only 25 mm of rain has fallen on the region. The previous record was made in 1987 when the region only saw 20 mm of rain.

The region has been experiencing a combination of sea fog (fog that forms over water) and radiation fog (fog that forms over land). Cooler temperatures are expected beginning on Sunday when an arctic front rushes down into the region, but clear skies and dry conditions are expected to continue until at least Halloween.

According to Environment Canada, the stubborn fog can be attributed to a ridge of high pressure and temperature inversions. High pressure systems usually brings sunny weather, but instead the current phenomenon has been trapping moisture-saturated air.

Thick foggy weather has been problematic for Vancouver International Airport’s schedule, particularly for its domestic flights. Flights have been delayed or even canceled for additional air traffic safety measures.

Seaplanes flying from both YVR and Coal Harbour have experienced delays or grounding as well. B.C. Ferries has also reported delays on routes with vessels slowing down in the fog for additional safety.

However, it isn’t all bad news for some. Consecutive days of temperature inversions have meant warmer temperatures over high elevation areas than in the city. The North Shore Mountains have been experiencing sunny weather and temperatures over 20 degrees Celcius, and the optimal outdoor conditions have led to a record number of climbs on the Grouse Grind.

The rare weather has also been a boon for local photographers with many taking the ‘Fogtober’ opportunity to capture surreal and stunning images of the region.

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