For the past three years, winters across British Columbia have been colder and snowier than usual.
That should change, possibly starting next month, courtesy of El Nino.
Environment Canada says equatorial waters, and how warm or cold they are, have a profound effect on weather patterns in western Canada despite being thousands of kilometres away.
When those waters are warm, or above average, it’s called the El Nino effect, and B.C. can expect warmer temperatures and milder or warmer winters.
When those waters are cold, or below average — which has been the case recently — it’s called La Nina, and B.C. can expect colder temperatures and colder winters.