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Many of these fun facts, and other tidbits, are available in the free, printable Lethbridge ABC Coloring Book, created by the Lethbridge Historical Society and the City of Lethbridge. What is Lethbridge’s climate like? Lethbridge has a moderate continental climate with warm summers and mild winters due to Chinook winds. Lethbridge and southwest Alberta also receive one of the highest amounts of sunshine in the country. A steady westerly breeze keeps the air fresh and the sky clear. Contrary to popular belief, Lethbridge is not the windiest city in Canada. According to Environment Canada, Lethbridge ranks eighth overall for windiest city. Temperatures in Lethbridge can fluctuate quite dramatically with the effects of the Chinook winds. Lethbridge is not all dry prairie, we get just enough moisture to green the coulees (the Oldman River Valley) and allow for thick urban forests of poplar, elm and birch to grow. Average Annual Snowfall = 130.5 cm (51.4 inches) Average Annual Rainfall = 271.1 mm (10.7 inches) Average Annual hours of bright sunshine = 2,506 (1971-2000 period) Lethbridge is intersected by the Oldman River and unique coulee formations, the valley of which has been turned into one of the largest urban park systems in North America at 755 hectares (1,865 acres) of protected land. Geographic Characteristics: Elevation = 914 m or 2998 ft Latitude = 49.7 degrees north Longitude = -112.8 degrees east Land Area = 124.3 km2 What is a Coulee? A coulee is a steep-sided v-shaped valley or ravine. The name “coulee” was first used by early French Canadian voyageurs crossing the Great Plains. The word coulee comes from the French word “couler,” meaning “to flow.” The coulees are distinct formations, some of which have been created by glacial erosion after the last ice age, and others from continued water and wind erosion. What is a Chinook? A “Chinook” is a warm west wind that pre-dominates the weather patterns of southwest Alberta. It is the result of westerly winds f... Read more↗
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