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BC Station Data

The BC Station Data page provides access to observations of weather and climate variables (such as temperature and rainfall amounts) for British Columbia from the Provincial Climate Data Set (PCDS). Locations of the observing stations are shown on an interactive map of the province which enables a user to zoom and pan to a region of interest, learn about the stations that are located in the region, filter the displayed stations based on observation date, weather element, observing agency, region and more.

Access and download BC Station Data.

In addition to observations, users may download station meta-data that describes station location, available variables, observing agency and other basic information.

The data available from the page are part of a dynamic database. New data are incorporated into the database on an hourly, near real-time basis from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Developments’ Wildfire Management Branch, and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Air Quality Network. The Climate Analysis and Monitoring theme updates the database with non real-time data on a semi-monthly or as-available basis to bring in observations from BC Hydro,  Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development’s Forest Ecosystem Research network and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s data that are not available from the near real-time feed. The page also provides access to climatological averages from stations where sufficient data were available for their calculation. PCIC is actively working on quality control and homogenization efforts and will update the data when these processes are complete. 

The data contained in the PCDS are being made available in cooperation with the Climate Related Monitoring Program. Several BC ministries, RioTinto, BC Hydro, and PCIC were brought together under an agreement organized through the program to allow PCIC to hold, maintain and distribute climate data for British Columbia. This agreement was renewed in 2018 for another seven year term after a successful first eight years of collaboration. Environment and Climate Change Canada supports these efforts and has permitted PCIC to collect and disseminate its data as well. This broad cooperative effort has allowed the formation of a comprehensive set of weather and climate observation for British Columbia unlike any other in Canada. Please visit the links below to learn more about the project partners.