Vancouver in November

Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 05:58 AM
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Vancouver in November

What is the weather like in Vancouver late November? I would like to make a trip out there and this time is the soonest I can make it - is there still some "fall foliage"? What are temps like and does it rain very much this time of year? Thanks folks!
Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 07:55 AM
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Tonia, personally I believe November is the worst month of the year in Vancouver. It competes with December for being the wettest month of the year, raining 3 out of wevery 5 days and we're lucky to get one sunny day a week. It probably seems worse than it is because we know this is only the beginning of 4 months of dank, grey winter weather.

On the plus side the first snows have usually fallen on the local mountains and on the few clear days there are marvelous vistas of them. Most trees that lose their leaves in winter have lost them by late November although a few weeks earlier would have been a good time. Also on rare occaisions we have gotten a stretch of bright sunny weather in November that almost always leaeds to a cold snap with temperatures below freezing. Most days range between about 3C-12C but combinedd with the dampness it feels colder.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but them's the facts.
Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 08:45 AM
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Thanks Gary! I might either hold off or try to come a bit earlier.
Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 10:41 AM
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Just to weigh in with a second opinion ... November is definitely the worst month, statistically speaking. December may be colder, but it's usually drier. I'll buy gary's stats of 3 out of 5 days of rain in November ... but I could swear I remember years when it's been 30 days of rain!

There may be some fall foliage left, but it will be soggy. And bear in mind that the Vancouver area doesn't really have spectacular fall colours to begin with (since the majority of the naturally occuring trees are evergreens).
Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 06:14 PM
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You two forgot one important fact.

November is the month people start to count down to December 21st when the days will start becoming longer and the hope of daylight returns.

More importantly, all the summertime joys like bicycling and walking have ended, but the wintertime joys of skiing etc have not yet started.
Old Aug 2nd, 2002, 06:38 PM
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Although statistically speaking November's the month of short days and grey skies... sometimes you'll get gorgeous sunny days. I remember last November going for a long walk and eating at the outside patio at a local restaurant...

So, you *may* be lucky, however, anytime between April and October would probably be better; longer days, more sunshine, more warmth.
Old Aug 5th, 2002, 10:13 AM
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I grew up just south of Vancouver, over the Canadian border, so here is my take on your question. The best wisdom about the weather in Vancouver is that it is unpredictable. I would dress in layers, i.e. a tee shirt or turtleneck with jeans and a fuzzy sweater. A goretex jacket and a sturdy, waterproof pair of shoes are also "must-haves." People ride their mountain bikes, walk, hike, ski and do whatever REGARDLESS of the weather - if we stayed home when it rained, we would never go outside!
It is starting to get cold and damp, but December, January and February are more chilly than the late fall. The fall foliage is early to mid October and it is beautiful - the deciduous trees provide beautiful complement to the evergreens.

Have fun! Julia
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