Vancouverites seem to think they live in Shangri-La. Mild weather, no snow to deal with, no windchill factors to freeze you right through to the bone, the ocean and the mountains. But what about the constant bloody rain? Dark and cloudy skies basically all the time from October to April. I would go nuts. Here in Winnipeg, one of the sunniest cities in Canada, we get extreme cold, but we get lots of sun. It drizzles here for five days straight and we are ready to pull our hair out. I could never deal with Vancouver weather.
Vancouver is Canada’s third most rainy city, with over 161 rainy days per year. As measured at Vancouver Airport in Richmond, Vancouver receives 1,153.1 mm (45.40 in) of rain per year. By comparison, the amount of rainfall in London, England is nearly half that of Vancouver. In North Vancouver, about 20 km (12 mi) away from the Vancouver airport, the amount of rain received doubles to 2,477 mm (97.5 in) per year as measured at the base of Grouse Mountain.
Thunderstorms are rare, with an average of 6.1 thunderstorm days per year. The weather in spring and autumn is usually showery and cool.
Winnipeg, cold yet sunny.