Precipitation Record for the Sylvan Lake Region over 70 Years

Water that ends up in Sylvan Lake starts out as rain and snow precipitation that falls within the watershed boundary. There are no other sources of water input. Precipitation that falls directly onto the lake surface plus runoff and urban stormwater from the land, and groundwater that enters the lake underground all affect the lake …

Pacific Sea Surface Temperatures Change to El Niño Condition

The state of the Pacific ocean influences climate and weather conditions in Alberta, including precipitation that falls on the Sylvan Lake watershed. According to Bob Tisdale NINO3.4 Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies (a commonly used El Niño-Southern Oscillation Index) are just below the 0.5 deg C threshold of El Niño conditions. For the week centered …

Erosion of the Sylvan Lake Provincial Park Beach in 2012

Another June storm with strong northwest winds drove more waves into the southeast shore that is the main attraction for visitors. The following slide show records the state of the shore along the recreational waterfront. The sections that are still protected by engineered structures remain intact. Unprotected shoreline and the walking path are eroded and …