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Mostly Green Christmas – Kelowna News

Okanagan residents wake up on a green Christmas this year.

Some soft snowflakes fell on Christmas Eve to higher altitudes in West Kelowna and Peachland, but the majority of the valley is without snow this morning.

While this will not stop the joy of the children who will break into carefully wrapped gifts under the tree, Canada's environmental predictions say that this evening they will only have 30 percent chance of appearing, so it is unlikely that the Christmas postcard is small.

But that does not mean that we will not see any snow during the holiday. Possible gaps are in the forecast for the Boxing Day, Friday and Saturday.

Do white goddesses become something of the past?

The mild weather conditions that led to Christmas were the hottest Okanagan seen for decades.

But you do not have to go far to find the white things. A large white ski resort has a base of 133 centimeters this morning, while the SilverStar Resort has 140 cm, and Apex Mountain has 62 cm.

According to Canada's Environment, qualify as white Christmas, at least two centimeters of snow must be on the ground.

You can check historical white goddess data in Canada on Canada's environmental website.


The tradition of the boxing day begins to pay tribute to a friend will continue in Kelowna on December 26th.

Wayne Cob's friends and family offer free hugs nine years after his death.

They will do it again next Wednesday in "Edra" in the center of Kelowna, starting from noon.

"So many of us are overwhelmed with holidays, pressures, gifts, spending," says organizer Engi Clowny.

She says there always appear touching stories, such as the man who said he was not hugged by years, or others who recently lost someone close.

"We are losing touch with people or lying and we say that we go somewhere, but we live in depression and we care for the people and foreigners," says Clorie.

"Christmas is huge, and then we do it, and it changes my energy and I'm not like Scrooge."

Alan Kelly

Castanet counts the top stories of 2018.

We will count this year's number 1 on December 31 and we will publish a New Year's journalist.

Our number 7 is the story of 2018 – Kokihala mutilation.

The winter of 2018 was particularly bad driving drivers – or an attempt to drive – the Coquihalla Motorway.

Snow in the mountains is nothing new in BC, but the week-long section last February was like the worst episode of a highway through hell, with multiple accidents and closures.

A major crash involving two buses and several half-dozen people forced the motorway to close seven hours on February 25 – and it was just one of more than 20 interruptions last winter, for a maximum of a decade.

The snow started early and often fell. Things are so bad that the province has taken steps to provide better security for Kok.

According to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, last winter, 33 of the 35 extended shutdowns of Coquihalla include commercial vehicles, and in most cases it was due to truck drivers or poorly installing chains or not using them at all.

All commercial vehicles are now confined to the center and right lanes in both directions at Snowshed Hill, between Box Canyon and Zopkios, this autumn. The idea is to keep the left-hand lane clear for snowboards and emergency vehicles in the event of an accident, as well as maintain a general traffic flow if the trucks slow down.

"The Kokhihala Highway … travels through an incredibly challenging field and some incredibly challenging weather conditions," ministry spokesman Mike Lorimer said.

He said Snowshed Hill is "often where you go from rain from the Lower Continent to the snow of the interior, by hitting the hottest hill in the worst possible conditions."

The ministry has also implemented several measures to improve road safety and safety and reduce closure, including:

  • Expanding winter tire regulations by April 30 at mountain crossings and rural roads.
  • Improving the supervision and auditing of road maintenance contractors.
  • Introducing "No Trucks" in a pilot on the left hand bar of Snowshed Hill on Kohikala.
  • Improving Chain Regulation.

This winter, the ministry reminds passengers to be ready before departing and to ensure that your vehicle has adequate winter tires and a recent maintenance check, fill the windscreen washer and gas tank, place the winter survival kit and clean it ice and snow from the wipers, mirrors, hoods and roof.

Check DriveBC and Castanet for the latest tips and always drive according to the conditions.


The donkey left burning on the stove caused minor damage to the apartment in downtown Kelowna on Christmas Eve.

Firefighters responded to alarms on Avenue 540 Rosemade. around 4:30 am

The smoke fills the building with four floors, and crews forced to enter the apartment on the fourth floor to find a pot remained on the stove.

There were no injuries, and the passenger in the apartment was not at home at that time.

The fire is considered accidental in nature, says Captain Scott Clarke.

The final full moon of the year decreases.

It was a great week for the lunar cycle with a winter solstice that fell on December 21 at 4:23 am. Central Standard Time followed by a full moon on December 22 at 11:49 am.

The last time, in December 2010, the solar wave and full moon occurred less than a day, and in 2010, and next time it will not be until 2029.

This last full moon in December is considered the third closest – and therefore the third largest – from 13 full moons this year.

The moon appears full of eyes for two to three nights. However, astronomers believe that the moon is full of a precisely defined moment: when the moon is exactly 180 degrees opposite the sun.

In North America, the December full moon is called Long Night Moon, Cold Moon or Moon before July. In the southern hemisphere, where it is now summer, the names for this full moon include the Strawberry on the moon, the moon, and the moon's moon.

As seen from the northern hemisphere, the December full moon imitates the sublime path of the sunshine sun in June. This is because the sun is so far to the south right now, and since, near the full moon, the moon rises and sets itself up against the sun. Therefore, this moon in December 2018 rises and sets far north from the east and west, as the sun does to the southern solstice.

Tonight, Christmas Eve, the fading provocative moon – just behind the full moon the solnce – crosses south of the two brightest stars of the constellation Gemini. These two stars are visible to be bright and close together. In the sky, they represent the starry eyes of the twin brothers. One star is Castor, and the other is Pollux. On these nights, the moon passes to the north of Prozion, the Little Dog Star.

For the next two nights – December 25 and 26, 2018 – you can see the moon and Regulus, the Royal Star, coming to your eastern horizon before going to bed. Or you can get up before sunrise, to see the pointed transparent moon and Regulus much higher in the sky.

Big White got exactly what he ordered for Christmas this year.

More snow!

Michael J. Ballinghal tells Castanet: "We get these little drops of snow, a few centimeters here and a few centimeters there and we give our crews enough to work the area. We had our teams out in the past two weeks and our ski patrol with hand blades getting on everything is ready. "

Ballinggall says the Big White goes to full capacity starting tonight, Christmas Eve, so it's really good news that the GEM express lift will be open on Boxing Day on December 26th. This means that the boiler for warming the west ridge and parking plus will be opened. Ballingall says it will have limited things started as well.

"The western ridge is indeed a strip of the Big White tape, it's an area where locals want to hang out, it's 2500 vertical feet – that elevator is 8000 meters long. So, we always said that this is like helicopter skiing for the price of the elevator. "

Big White shifts to high speed for the holidays starting from Boxing Day, "there are people here from around the world, sunbathing, sandwalking, ice climbing, a rink in the open. It's a tone of fun for rest in the Big White! "

Alan Kelly

Castanet counts the top stories of 2018.

We will count this year's number 1 on December 31 and we will publish a New Year's journalist.

Our number 9 story from 2018 – landslides and washings.

While the spring of 2017 in Okanagan can be described as the year of the flood, 2018 brought landslides and wash up and down the valley.

One of the hardest hit areas was Joe Rich, where no less than three landslides caused chaos to residents.

The disappearance in the early hours of April 17 forced the closure of the 23-kilometer section of the 33 highway east of Kelowna.

The route was completely closed a few days before it was opened in one-way traffic. It was not fully open until June 8, creating major traffic lines and frustration for passengers.

As the clearing work was done, two other roads in the area were also affected by purification.

On May 10, part of the Halkidbury Road suffered the same fate. And two days later, part of the Philpot Road was also washed away.

Eight properties of the Philip were evacuated for two days because of the risk of washing the bridge.

One driver told Castanet that the hole along the Gravel road was about three meters deep.

Through Okanagan Lake, the local emergency was declared 12 properties in the Killiney Beach area due to the volatility of the slopes. All properties were evacuated after the landslide took out part of the Westside Road.

Residents were allowed five days later.

In the southern Okanagan, sliding the 3A highway fell to about 9,000 cubic meters of material on the road on April 13th. The highway was closed for several days to clean.

Work to repair the damage did not begin until early October.

Many of the landslides and washings were charged with the shedding of spring snow.

Updated: 5:25 am

Kelowna teenager, Aislynn Hanson, 18, found safe and sound.

Kelowna RCMP is grateful to the public for their help.

Copyright: 3: 27h

Kelowna's teenager disappeared for more than 24 hours.

Kelowna RCMP asks the public to help locate the missing Aislynn Hanson, 18, who was last seen early Saturday morning.

Since then, the police have followed several waters, but it still lacks.

The Ayslin family reports that it is ascending and is known to travel long distances and may appear confused.

At that time there is nothing that can point to a foul, but the family of Ayslin, friends and the Central Committee of the CPC are very concerned about her health and well-being.

The teenager is described as Caucasian, 18 years old, about 5 meters, 5 with blond hair.

Anyone who has information about where Hanson is located is called to call their local police or remain unnamed by calling for criminal breaks at 1-800-222-8477 or leaving a peak online at www.crimestoppers.net

Week of Castanet in review with Nich Johansson.

Shantel Dicon

Santa Claus enjoyed some time on Okanagan Lake before heading for a trip around the world.

The old man himself went to a skiing on Saturday morning in the center of Kelowna Marina.

Santa Claus says this mild winter time made him want to take the last dip into the lake a few days ago with extremely hard work.

You may notice the Old Lighthouse around Okanagan by tomorrow evening when he should head to the North Pole to fill his sleigh with gifts for boys and girls around the world.

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