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Average Weather in Burns Lake Canada

In Burns Lake, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 7°F to 72°F and is rarely below -18°F or above 83°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Burns Lake for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid August.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 25 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 62°F. The hottest day of the year is August 1, with an average high of 72°F and low of 45°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 19 to February 19, with an average daily high temperature below 31°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 7°F and high of 20°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablefrigidfrigidfrigid
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Courmayeur, Italy (4,996 miles away); Sollefteå, Sweden (4,089 miles); and Kuli, Russia (5,780 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Burns Lake (view comparison).

Clouds

In Burns Lake, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Burns Lake begins around April 29 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around September 27. On July 31, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 27 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around April 29. On January 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 78% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 22% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in Burns LakeclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 3158%Jul 3158%Jan 2822%Jan 2822%Apr 2939%Apr 2939%Sep 2740%Sep 2740%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Burns Lake varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 8.0 months, from May 26 to January 26, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on October 28.

The drier season lasts 4.0 months, from January 26 to May 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on April 8.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Burns Lake changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 7.4 months, from March 26 to November 7. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 31% on June 20.

Snow alone is the most common for 4.6 months, from November 7 to March 26. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 25% on January 3.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Burns LakesnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Oct 2836%Oct 2836%Apr 816%Apr 816%Jan 129%Jan 129%May 2626%May 2626%Jan 2626%Jan 2626%snowrainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Burns Lake experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from April 7 to November 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 25, with an average total accumulation of 1.9 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from November 20 to April 7. The least rain falls around February 9, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Burns Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from October 2 to April 23, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 7, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.3 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from April 23 to October 2. The least snow falls around July 20, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Burns LakesnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 inJan 71.3 inJan 71.3 inJul 200.0 inJul 200.0 inOct 20.1 inOct 20.1 inApr 230.1 inApr 230.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Burns Lake varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 19 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2017 hr, 12 minJun 2117 hr, 12 minJun 2112 hr, 12 minSep 2212 hr, 12 minSep 227 hr, 19 minDec 217 hr, 19 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 4:48 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 55 minutes later at 8:43 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 3:59 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 2 minutes later at 10:01 PM on June 24.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Burns Lake during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 174:48 AMJun 174:48 AM10:01 PMJun 2410:01 PMJun 24Dec 133:59 PMDec 133:59 PM8:43 AMDec 298:43 AMDec 29Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Burns Lake, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 180%Jan 180%Jul 200%Jul 200%drydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Burns Lake does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 4.4 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mphApr 234.6 mphApr 234.6 mphAug 164.1 mphAug 164.1 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Burns Lake varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 6.5 months, from March 29 to October 13, with a peak percentage of 68% on July 21. The wind is most often from the south for 1.2 months, from October 13 to November 19, with a peak percentage of 39% on October 31. The wind is most often from the east for 4.3 months, from November 19 to March 29, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Burns LakeEWSEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Burns Lake throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Burns Lake for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468103.43.40.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Burns Lake for hot-weather activities is from late July to early August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.90.90.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Burns Lake typically lasts for 2.8 months (86 days), from around June 12 to around September 5, rarely starting before May 18 or after July 8, and rarely ending before August 17 or after September 24.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1250%Jun 1250%Sep 550%Sep 550%Jul 890%Jul 890%Aug 1790%Aug 1790%May 1810%May 1810%Sep 2410%Sep 2410%0%Mar 20%Mar 2Jul 2697%Jul 2697%frigidfreezingcoldcoolvery cold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Burns Lake should appear around May 29, only rarely appearing before May 16 or after June 12.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Burns LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°FMay 2990°FMay 2990°FDec 31883°FDec 31883°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 3 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 3, with an average of 6.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from October 19 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 18, with an average of 0.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Burns Lake are 54.230 deg latitude, -125.761 deg longitude, and 2,575 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Burns Lake contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 659 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,473 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,431 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,430 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Burns Lake is covered by trees (59%), grassland (15%), and sparse vegetation (13%), within 10 miles by trees (86%), and within 50 miles by trees (81%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Burns Lake, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Burns Lake.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Burns Lake according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Burns Lake is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Burns Lake and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Burns Lake CS , B. C. (73%, 21 kilometers, northwest); Burns Lake Airport (19%, 53 kilometers, south); and Fort St. James (Perison) Airport (8%, 99 kilometers, east).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.