About the Port Coquitlam Weather Station

The station is powered by an Oregon Scientific WMR300 weather station. The data and webpage are collected and updated every 60 seconds (for now, I may change this later). This site and its data is collected using Weather Display Software. The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in an optimal position for highest accuracy possible.

The underlying system is Windows 2012 R2 Server with IIS8.

First full day of operation: May 24, 2016

About Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam is a city with a population of about 58,000, located 22 kilometres east of downtown Vancouver. With its charming main street, unique shops and services, and weekend activities, Port Coquitlam still has that small-town atmosphere that so many people find refreshing, away from the hustle and bustle of a large metropolitan city.

Port Coquitlam was first inhabited by the Coast Salish people, including the Kwikwetl'em people (where the city got its anglicised name). The first European settlers began farming beside the Pitt River in 1859. A major impetus to the creating of a municipality was when the Canadian Pacific Railway moved its freight terminus from Vancouver to "Westminster Junction", where a spur line branched off to the Fraser River port of New Westminster in 1911. Port Coquitlam was first incorporated as a municipality on March 7, 1913. The land was mostly farmland; however, because of the densification and expansion of Vancouver, it has now become mostly suburban housing, especially in the northern and southwestern areas of the city. The economy has diversified with a variety of industrial and commercial developments, including metal fabrication, high technology industries and transportation.

Port Coquitlam is also the birth town of Marathon of Hope runner Terry Fox (July 28, 1958 - June 28, 1981).

Climate in the Greater Vancouver Area

Winter occurs in the Northern Hemisphere between December and February. Spring occurs between March and May, Summer between June and August, and Fall between September and November.

Vancouver's summer season is typically warm but not hot, except maybe for the odd day here and there between June and August. During this time, the maximum temperature may reach 30C or more, but not often. Vancouver may experience at the most two or three thunderstorms throughout the summer months due to the close proximity of the Pacific Ocean. Typically fronts approach from the west over Vancouver Island which carry only rain, and thunderstorms only occur when a warm air mass approaches from the south over Washington State, which then clash with a cold front over the south coast. This is not typical, hence the scarcity of thunderstorms in the area. Severity of storms varies greatly from a few rumbles of thunder to a half hour or longer and may cause the occasional power outage. One such storm occurred on July 25th 2009 during the Celebration of Lights fireworks show in downtown Vancouver. Such storms are considered "epic" in this region of Western Canada but may not be considered epic where storms occur frequently. You may see several videos of this particular storm on YouTube.

The south coast may be cold during the winter months between late November and early March. Temperatures may occasionally drop to about -10C but typically it doesn't get much colder than this. Vancouver may get snow but never harsh snow storms as has been seen east of the Rockies. Most days when snow occurs, it is mainly wet snow with a temperature hovering around 0C at sea level, but it doesn't last beyond a few hours, and melts very quickly unless the temperature stays below zero. Some years there is no snow at all. A "white" Christmas may only occur in Vancouver once every 7 to 10 years, a possible result of global warming.

Fall is the rainy season in the Lower Mainland, but pleasant with temperatures ranging between highs of 15-20C and lows between 5-10C. Rainfall amounts may vary, but in a a typical fall month, there may be in excess of 250 mm of precipitation. Fall is when the leaves begin to change colours to their autumn splendour but after falling may back up sewers and drainage systems causing minor flooding in low-lying areas.