Lumby, British Columbia

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Lumby
Village
The Corporation of the Village of Lumby[1]
Coordinates: 50°14′58″N 118°57′56″W / 50.24944°N 118.96556°W / 50.24944; -118.96556
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Regional District North Okanagan
Incorporated (Village) 1956
Government
 • Mayor Kevin Acton
 • Councillor Julie Pilon
 • Councillor Lori Mindnich
 • Councillor Nick Hodge
 • Councillor Randal Ostafichuk
Area
 • Total 5.27 km2 (2.03 sq mi)
Elevation 500 m (1,600 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,731
Time zone Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)
Postal code span V0E
Area code(s) 250 / 778 / 236
Highways BC 6

Lumby is a small community of 1,731 people, located near the edge of the Monashee Mountains.[2] It is mainly a logging, manufacturing and agriculture community.[3]

The village is home to a network of trails along the creek beds, known collectively as the Salmon Trail.[4][5]

Hang gliding and paragliding are very popular in Lumby. The village has hosted many national and international events, usually taking place at nearby Cooper Mountain.[6][7]

Schools administered by School District 22 Vernon in Lumby include Charles Bloom Secondary School, Crossroads Alternate School and J W Inglis Elementary School.[8]

The community was also home to the Lumby Fighting Saints of the now defunct WHA Junior West Hockey League.

Some of Lumby's prominent employers include: Tolko Industries, Rouck Brothers Sawmill, Super A Grocery, Irly Building Centres, Mac's Convenience Stores, Fields, Lumby Hotel and Blue Ox Pub.[9]

Annually, the "Lumby Days" family fair takes place in the beginning of summer, attracting many people from around the valley.

On 8 October 2014 a WWII-era Japanese balloon bomb was discovered in the mountains near Lumby by forestry workers. The next day, they reported it to the RCMP. It was then disposed of on site using explosives, as it was too dangerous to move it. All of this happening 70 years after it had been launched.[10]

Climate[edit]

Lumby has a humid continental climate with hot summers days and cool nights. Spring and fall are the driest seasons, and summer and winter are the wettest seasons. Fog often sets in during the winter, and can last for days at a time. Lumby is wetter and cooler than Vernon, but is still dry enough to contain natural grasslands, especially on south facing slopes.

During the summer months, Lumby has one of the highest diurnal temperature variations in Canada. The daily temperature swing of 20.1 °C (36.2 °F) in August is only exceeded by Beaverdell.

Lumby is at a transition point between the semi-arid dry belt to the west and the interior rainforest to the east. Thus, both wet and dry vegetation are common in Lumby.

Weather Facts:

  • Driest Year (1967) = 318 mm (13 in)
  • Wettest Year (1982) = 788 mm (31 in)
  • Warmest Year (1998) = 8.2 °C (47 °F)
  • Coldest Year (1996) = 4.8 °C (41 °F)
Climate data for Lumby
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 11.7
(53.1)
12.2
(54)
22.2
(72)
27.5
(81.5)
33.0
(91.4)
37.0
(98.6)
39.0
(102.2)
39.0
(102.2)
35.5
(95.9)
25.0
(77)
16.5
(61.7)
10.0
(50)
39.0
(102.2)
Average high °C (°F) −1.2
(29.8)
2.8
(37)
8.3
(46.9)
15.3
(59.5)
19.4
(66.9)
23.4
(74.1)
28.0
(82.4)
27.5
(81.5)
21.7
(71.1)
12.4
(54.3)
4.2
(39.6)
−0.6
(30.9)
13.4
(56.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.8
(23.4)
−2.6
(27.3)
2.7
(36.9)
7.7
(45.9)
11.6
(52.9)
15.4
(59.7)
18.4
(65.1)
17.5
(63.5)
12.9
(55.2)
6.2
(43.2)
0.5
(32.9)
−4.4
(24.1)
6.8
(44.2)
Average low °C (°F) −8.4
(16.9)
−7.9
(17.8)
−3.0
(26.6)
0.1
(32.2)
3.8
(38.8)
7.3
(45.1)
8.7
(47.7)
7.4
(45.3)
4.1
(39.4)
−0.1
(31.8)
−3.2
(26.2)
−8.1
(17.4)
0.1
(32.2)
Record low °C (°F) −38.5
(−37.3)
−34.0
(−29.2)
−25.6
(−14.1)
−11.1
(12)
−5.0
(23)
−1.7
(28.9)
0.0
(32)
−1.5
(29.3)
−6.0
(21.2)
−12.5
(9.5)
−28.5
(−19.3)
−32.8
(−27)
−38.5
(−37.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 52.7
(2.075)
22.1
(0.87)
28.5
(1.122)
27.9
(1.098)
56.0
(2.205)
59.3
(2.335)
35.9
(1.413)
34.5
(1.358)
44.2
(1.74)
47.0
(1.85)
54.3
(2.138)
46.3
(1.823)
508.7
(20.028)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 9.2
(0.362)
8.8
(0.346)
17.5
(0.689)
25.8
(1.016)
55.9
(2.201)
59.3
(2.335)
35.9
(1.413)
34.5
(1.358)
44.2
(1.74)
46.2
(1.819)
29.5
(1.161)
6.9
(0.272)
373.7
(14.713)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 43.5
(17.13)
13.3
(5.24)
11.0
(4.33)
2.1
(0.83)
0.2
(0.08)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.8
(0.31)
24.7
(9.72)
39.4
(15.51)
135.0
(53.15)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 16.9 10.0 14.3 12.2 15.8 14.9 9.0 9.1 10.9 15.1 15.9 14.8 158.8
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 5.4 4.8 10.3 11.7 15.8 14.9 9.0 9.1 10.9 14.9 10.8 3.8 121.4
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 12.8 6.4 5.1 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 6.8 11.7 44.1
Source: [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Statistics Canada". statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Lumby and District Chamber of Commerce". Archived from the original on 2006-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Lumby Weyerhaeuser Salmon Trail". [dead link]
  5. ^ "Lumby Transportation and Trails Master Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-06. 
  6. ^ "unknown". Retrieved 27 February 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "The Lumby Airforce". The Lumby Airforce. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  8. ^ "School District No. 22 Vernon - Schools in the District". Sd22.bc.ca. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  9. ^ "Major Employers in Lumby and Area". Archived from the original on 2009-03-25. 
  10. ^ "WWI era balloon bomb in BC blown to smithereens". Globalnews.ca. The Canadian Press. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Climate Normals and Averages Lumby" (CSV). Environment Canada. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 

Coordinates: 50°15′N 118°58′W / 50.250°N 118.967°W / 50.250; -118.967