Elbow Valley, Alberta

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Elbow Valley is located in Alberta
Elbow Valley
Elbow Valley
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Location of Elbow Valley Alberta

Elbow Valley is a rural community in southern Alberta, in Rocky View County. The Elbow Valley area is located immediately west of the City of Calgary, along Highway 8. The Hamlet of Bragg Creek is west of Elbow Valley. The area is mostly residential.

History[edit]

Elbow Valley gets its name from the Elbow River, a river in the region that flows into the Bow River at Fort Calgary. The name for Elbow River is descriptive and refers to the point at which it abruptly turn northward and enters the Bow River (elbow-like curve). David Thompson referred to it as “Hokaikshi” in 1814, and Arrowsmith’s map of 1859 labels it “Hokaikshi” or “Moose River”. The Cree called it “o-too-kwa-na” and according to Tyrell, the Stoney referred to it as “mn-no-tho-ap-ta”. Until 1880, it was often called “Swift Creek”, after the speed of its watercourse.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Elbow Valley, Alberta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 18.5
(65.3)
21.0
(69.8)
21.5
(70.7)
26.0
(78.8)
29.3
(84.7)
30.8
(87.4)
35.0
(95)
33.1
(91.6)
31.2
(88.2)
27.2
(81)
20.0
(68)
16.0
(60.8)
35.0
(95)
Average high °C (°F) 0.3
(32.5)
2.0
(35.6)
4.3
(39.7)
9.8
(49.6)
14.2
(57.6)
18.3
(64.9)
21.6
(70.9)
21.7
(71.1)
16.8
(62.2)
11.4
(52.5)
3.3
(37.9)
0.0
(32)
10.3
(50.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.9
(17.8)
−6.1
(21)
−3.3
(26.1)
2.3
(36.1)
6.7
(44.1)
10.6
(51.1)
13.2
(55.8)
12.9
(55.2)
8.3
(46.9)
3.2
(37.8)
−4.4
(24.1)
−7.9
(17.8)
2.3
(36.1)
Average low °C (°F) −16.1
(3)
−14.1
(6.6)
−10.9
(12.4)
−5.2
(22.6)
−0.9
(30.4)
2.8
(37)
4.7
(40.5)
4.1
(39.4)
−0.2
(31.6)
−4.9
(23.2)
−12.0
(10.4)
−15.8
(3.6)
−5.7
(21.7)
Record low °C (°F) −44.4
(−47.9)
−43.0
(−45.4)
−39.5
(−39.1)
−28.9
(−20)
−15.6
(3.9)
−7.5
(18.5)
−3.0
(26.6)
−9.0
(15.8)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−32.0
(−25.6)
−42.0
(−43.6)
−45.6
(−50.1)
−45.6
(−50.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 23.3
(0.917)
21.9
(0.862)
41.6
(1.638)
49.2
(1.937)
101.1
(3.98)
124.6
(4.906)
66.9
(2.634)
76.9
(3.028)
66.9
(2.634)
41.4
(1.63)
32.4
(1.276)
19.9
(0.783)
665.4
(26.197)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.3
(0.012)
0.3
(0.012)
1.7
(0.067)
20.2
(0.795)
78.0
(3.071)
123.1
(4.846)
66.9
(2.634)
76.4
(3.008)
56.0
(2.205)
14.8
(0.583)
2.0
(0.079)
0.5
(0.02)
440.0
(17.323)
Snowfall cm (inches) 25.5
(10.04)
23.7
(9.33)
44.8
(17.64)
30.6
(12.05)
21.2
(8.35)
1.4
(0.55)
0.0
(0)
0.5
(0.2)
10.3
(4.06)
28.7
(11.3)
32.8
(12.91)
20.9
(8.23)
240.4
(94.65)
Source: Environment Canada[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elbow Valley, Alberta". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English & French). Environment Canada. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 

Karamitsanis, Aphrodite (1992). Place Names of Alberta – Volume II, Southern Alberta, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta. Read, Tracey (1983). Acres and Empires – A History of the Municipal District of Rocky View, Calgary, Alberta.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°54′00″N 114°41′59″W / 50.90000°N 114.69972°W / 50.90000; -114.69972 (Elbow Valley)