Summer Days in the Bulkley Valley
It was only a few weeks ago when residents and tourist of the Northwest were asking where summer disappeared to, well now the sun has taken over, and people have soaking it right up. Visitor Information Counsellor Meghan Horlings says, “I definitely tell them to go hiking, go fishing, mountain biking, there's really good boat rentals in town, the lake is a really good option and a lot of people do decided to spend the day at the lake either or Tyhee or Kathyln.”
It’s not only activities that benefit from the heat but also those with solar panels along with some businesses benefiting from those who just want to be soaking up the sun. As David Harris Co-Owner of Dawn to Dusk sees it, “The sun generates solar power, in the winter we are not generating any power with those because we only had a couple of hours of day light but now with the sun up until 11 o'clock at night we are feeding back into the grid constantly so, we are really getting out money’s worth right now.”
Horlings explains, “I think mainly businesses have to gain from good weather because people feel like being outside and they'll pop in to a store on main street to get a refreshing drink to see what their is in town, but they will spend more time outside for sure.”
Many people along the coast of BC are experiencing a haze due to forest fires in Asia. Skeena Region Air Quality Meteorologist Benjamin Weinstein says, “One thing for sure if the weather is like this, we can probably expect similar amounts of smoke to come over from the east and it's really up to the dilution in the atmosphere and mechanism that smoke gets removed from the atmosphere like rain to determine, if or if not we get exposed to smoke.”
As the forest fires in Asia keep burning and weather maintains we can expect the haziness throughout the summer, as of right now air quality is not a concern with the environment ministry and they are keeping a close eye on it.