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Coombs, British Columbia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coombs is a small community on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, situated on provincial highway 4A approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Parksville. Coombs is home to approximately 1,327 people and is renowned for its Old Country Market (which features a family of goats living on the roof), Butterfly World (which includes a small indoor tropical rainforest), and the Coombs Bluegrass Festival held every B.C. Day weekend. The history of Coombs goes back many years. The Ford House which is the old log house situated on the old Island Highway is dated back to early 1900. The house was completed in 1911. Next to the Ford House is the old General Store which also houses the General Post Office. The Fair Grounds is an active place in the summer when the Fall Fair rolls around. The Rodeo Grounds just up the highway heading towards Port Alberni is a successful and active place during the summer months. The railway is also a huge part of the history of Coombs. Along with the United Church and just over the French Creek Bridge is the French Creek School which is now closed as a public school was a huge asset to the community for over 100 years.

The community was established in 1910 by Captain Coombs of the Salvation Army for whom it is named. Initial setters were working-class families from Leeds, Yorkshire [1]:52

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification, Coombs is located at the northernmost limits of the cool dry-summer subtropical zone (Csb) or cool-summer Mediterranean climate, due to its dry summers.[2]

Climate data for Coombs
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.0
(59.0)
18.0
(64.4)
22.5
(72.5)
26.0
(78.8)
30.0
(86.0)
33.5
(92.3)
35.0
(95.0)
33.0
(91.4)
33.0
(91.4)
24.0
(75.2)
17.0
(62.6)
17.0
(62.6)
35.0
(95.0)
Average high °C (°F) 6.0
(42.8)
7.6
(45.7)
10.3
(50.5)
13.8
(56.8)
17.6
(63.7)
20.6
(69.1)
24.0
(75.2)
24.2
(75.6)
20.6
(69.1)
13.8
(56.8)
8.2
(46.8)
5.5
(41.9)
14.4
(57.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 2.8
(37.0)
3.4
(38.1)
5.4
(41.7)
8.2
(46.8)
11.6
(52.9)
14.6
(58.3)
17.2
(63.0)
17.1
(62.8)
13.8
(56.8)
8.9
(48.0)
4.7
(40.5)
2.6
(36.7)
9.2
(48.6)
Average low °C (°F) −0.4
(31.3)
−0.9
(30.4)
0.5
(32.9)
2.5
(36.5)
5.5
(41.9)
8.4
(47.1)
10.4
(50.7)
10.0
(50.0)
7.0
(44.6)
3.9
(39.0)
1.1
(34.0)
−0.4
(31.3)
4.0
(39.2)
Record low °C (°F) −14.5
(5.9)
−17.5
(0.5)
−9.0
(15.8)
−5.0
(23.0)
−3.0
(26.6)
2.0
(35.6)
3.0
(37.4)
2.0
(35.6)
−2.0
(28.4)
−8.0
(17.6)
−18.0
(−0.4)
−18.0
(−0.4)
−18.0
(−0.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 176.3
(6.94)
110.1
(4.33)
109.0
(4.29)
75.1
(2.96)
56.3
(2.22)
46.6
(1.83)
24.4
(0.96)
34.5
(1.36)
39.3
(1.55)
113.9
(4.48)
188.2
(7.41)
164.9
(6.49)
1,138.5
(44.82)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 162.8
(6.41)
100.1
(3.94)
103.1
(4.06)
75.1
(2.96)
56.3
(2.22)
46.6
(1.83)
24.4
(0.96)
34.5
(1.36)
39.3
(1.55)
113.2
(4.46)
180.7
(7.11)
157.3
(6.19)
1,093.2
(43.04)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 13.5
(5.3)
10.1
(4.0)
5.9
(2.3)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.7
(0.3)
7.5
(3.0)
7.6
(3.0)
45.2
(17.8)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 19.8 15.8 18.3 15.7 13.6 11.7 6.5 7.0 8.0 17.2 20.5 19.3 173.4
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 18.0 14.5 17.8 15.7 13.6 11.7 6.5 7.0 8.0 17.1 19.7 18.0 167.6
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 2.8 2.0 1.5 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.4 2.4 10.3
Source: [3]

Gallery

Goats on roof at Old Country Market in Coombs.
Goats on roof at Old Country Market in Coombs.

References

  1. ^ Akrigg, G.P.V.; Akrigg, Helen B. (1986), British Columbia Place Names (3rd, 1997 ed.), Vancouver: UBC Press, ISBN 0-7748-0636-2
  2. ^ Kottek, M.; J. Grieser; C. Beck; B. Rudolf; F. Rubel (2006). "World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated" (PDF). Meteorol. Z. 15 (3): 259–263. doi:10.1127/0941-2948/2006/0130. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2013.

External links

Coordinates: 49°18′16″N 124°25′10″W / 49.30444°N 124.41944°W / 49.30444; -124.41944

This page was last edited on 17 September 2019, at 02:38
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