Empress, Alberta

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Empress
Village
Village of Empress
Empress is located in Alberta
Empress
Empress
Location of Empress in Alberta
Coordinates: 50°57′0″N 110°00′22″W / 50.95000°N 110.00611°W / 50.95000; -110.00611Coordinates: 50°57′0″N 110°00′22″W / 50.95000°N 110.00611°W / 50.95000; -110.00611
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 4
Special Area No. 2
Government[1]
 • Mayor Chad Van Dam
 • Governing body Empress Village Council
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 1.75 km2 (0.68 sq mi)
Elevation 615 m (2,018 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 188
 • Density 107.6/km2 (279/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Postal code span T0J 1E0
Highways Highway 562
Waterways Red Deer River
South Saskatchewan River
Website Official website

Empress is a village located along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border; in southern Alberta 121 kilometres (75 mi) north of Medicine Hat. The town was named, in 1913, for Queen Victoria, who was also Empress of India.[3] In the past known as the "Hub of the West" connected major cities together by Canadian Pacific Railway.

It is located at the confluence of Red Deer River and South Saskatchewan River, at an elevation of 650 metres (2,130 ft). It is connected to Buffalo Trail by Highway 899 and Highway 562.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Empress had a population of 188 living in 69 of its 73 total dwellings, a 38.2% change from its 2006 population of 136. With a land area of 1.75 km2 (0.68 sq mi), it had a population density of 107.4/km2 (278.2/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

In 2006, Empress had a population of 136 living in 76 dwellings, a 20.5% decrease from 2001. The village had a land area of 1.75 km2 (0.68 sq mi) and a population density of 77.8 /km2 (202 /sq mi).[4]

Climate[edit]

Located in the steppe region known as Palliser's Triangle, Empress experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). Winters are long, cold and dry, while summers are short, but with average daytime highs that are warm to hot, though nighttime lows are cool. Spring and autumn are quite short, essentially transition periods between winter and summer. Wide diurnal temperature ranges are regular, due to the aridity and moderately high elevation. Low humidity is prevalent throughout the year. Annual precipitation is very low, with an average of 292mm, and is heavily concentrated in the warmer months. On average, the coldest month is January, with a mean temperature of −14 °C (7 °F), while the warmest is July, with a mean temperature of 20 °C (68 °F). The driest month is February, with an average of 10 millimetres (0.39 in) of precipitation, while the wettest is June, with an average of 61 millimetres (2.4 in).[5]

Climate data for Empress, Alberta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
17.0
(62.6)
28.0
(82.4)
32.0
(89.6)
36.0
(96.8)
41.1
(106)
42.2
(108)
41.7
(107.1)
38.3
(100.9)
31.7
(89.1)
23.0
(73.4)
15.0
(59)
42.2
(108)
Average high °C (°F) −6.5
(20.3)
−2.6
(27.3)
4.8
(40.6)
13.9
(57)
19.7
(67.5)
23.8
(74.8)
27.4
(81.3)
27.0
(80.6)
20.4
(68.7)
12.9
(55.2)
1.7
(35.1)
−4.7
(23.5)
11.5
(52.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) −12.0
(10.4)
−8.3
(17.1)
−1.2
(29.8)
6.6
(43.9)
12.5
(54.5)
16.9
(62.4)
19.8
(67.6)
19.1
(66.4)
12.8
(55)
5.8
(42.4)
−3.8
(25.2)
−10.1
(13.8)
4.8
(40.6)
Average low °C (°F) −17.5
(0.5)
−14.1
(6.6)
−7.2
(19)
−0.7
(30.7)
5.2
(41.4)
9.9
(49.8)
12.1
(53.8)
11.1
(52)
5.2
(41.4)
−1.2
(29.8)
−9.3
(15.3)
−15.4
(4.3)
−1.8
(28.8)
Record low °C (°F) −47.8
(−54)
−45.6
(−50.1)
−40.0
(−40)
−28.9
(−20)
−14.4
(6.1)
−4.4
(24.1)
0.0
(32)
0.0
(32)
−10.0
(14)
−26.0
(−14.8)
−36.5
(−33.7)
−45.0
(−49)
−47.8
(−54)
Precipitation mm (inches) 14.2
(0.559)
8.6
(0.339)
12.7
(0.5)
18.7
(0.736)
38.8
(1.528)
68.9
(2.713)
50.3
(1.98)
33.9
(1.335)
28.5
(1.122)
11.5
(0.453)
10.8
(0.425)
14.8
(0.583)
311.6
(12.268)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.2
(0.008)
0.3
(0.012)
2.1
(0.083)
13.8
(0.543)
38.2
(1.504)
68.9
(2.713)
50.3
(1.98)
33.9
(1.335)
28.1
(1.106)
7.5
(0.295)
1.0
(0.039)
0.4
(0.016)
244.5
(9.626)
Snowfall cm (inches) 13.9
(5.47)
8.3
(3.27)
10.6
(4.17)
4.9
(1.93)
0.7
(0.28)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.5
(0.2)
4.1
(1.61)
9.8
(3.86)
14.8
(5.83)
67.1
(26.42)
Source: Environment Canada[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2014-06-13. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia: Victoria
  4. ^ Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Empress - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000". Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  6. ^ "Empress, Alberta". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English & French). Environment Canada. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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