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Black City: Climate

Winter camp in Tombstone Territorial Park.

Winter camp in Tombstone Territorial Park.

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Archives, David Neufeld Coll.
The best of autumn on the Blackstone Uplands, a time of crisp fall colours and brilliant blue skies.

The best of autumn on the Blackstone Uplands, a time of crisp fall colours and brilliant blue skies.

Robert Alexie fishing on the shores of Chapman Lake.

Robert Alexie fishing on the shores of Chapman Lake.

The Blackstone Uplands are cold and dry. Winters are long, cold and dark, and although the summers are intense periods of long daylight hours, the growing season is very short. The average daily high in January is -15.8C with lows of -35C being not uncommon. Average highs in July reach 18 C and lows of 8C. Extreme winds are a hallmark of weather on the Dempster Highway, with frequent blizzards during the winter months. The snowfall in this semi-arid climate ranges from 30 to 60 cm per year but fierce winds can pile the snow waist high. Even so, plant, animal and human life has managed to survive and even thrive in this area for thousands of years.