This is a very special place with lots of interesting things to see. Please check out the "new and improved" Bragg Creek - Gateway to Kananaskis photo gallery. This is the third edition of the image gallery. Here you will find photos of Bragg Creek and Kananaskis taken over the last 15 years, showing the environment, the lifestyle and the culture that makes this such a unique place to visit, to live, to work and to play. It is organized into albums showing; Animals, Antiques, Around & About, Bragg Creek, Bragg Creek Days, the Elbow River, Kananaskis Country, Maps, Moose Mountain, Nature and Scarecrows. Some photos show things you may never see like a moose calf, some show things you may never see again like Allen Bill Pond and some of the businesses that have come and gone. Some show things you probably don't ever want to see again - the devastating effect of the 2013 flood. And then there are the things that fill our lives with joy, making us appreciate that we live in a wonderful place among wonderful people.
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Weather report from West Bragg Creek
This photo of Moose Mountain shows the sky conditions over the Elbow Valley of Kananaskis. Weather data and webcam image are updated every 15-minutes. Weather station is located in West Bragg Creek, one kilometre from the eastern Kananaskis boundary at an elevation of 1422 metres.
Best guess forecast:
Mostly cloudy with little temperature change. Precipitation likely.
Chance of furries
Kananskis is a multi-use natural area 50 km west of Calgary, Alberta. Hikers, cattle, loggers and gas wells share the same territory. Hope you enjoy the weathercam.
See examples of sky conditions as a reference.
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The webcam image above uses a telephoto lens that shows a small part of the sky above Kananaskis. If there is snow on the tree branches, that is recent snow. The snow base on the ground is not visible in this image. Sky conditions in Bragg Creek are often different from those shown in this image.
This image shows the view from the weather station with the webcam view highlighted.
How it works
The weather report uses a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 weather station, a security system video camera and TinCam webcam capture software to capture and upload the mountain photo. This page is assembled using Weatherlink software that captures the weather data, updates the web page and uploads the page to the braggcreek.ca web server every 15 minutes.
The barometric pressure is reported in hectopascals (hPa). The forecast uses this and the other data collected by the weather station to estimate the weather forecast. There are no meteorologists or satellites involved. Really it's just a guess.
The temperature at which dew begins to form. During the summer, the dewpoint temperature -- not the relative humidity -- is usually a better measure of how humid it feels outside. High dew points occur in the tropics (Equator) and low dew points are found in deserts and polar areas.
Our weird weather
Chinook winds are westerlies from the Pacific. The moisture in the air precipitates as it passes over the Rocky Mountains. Once these winds come down from the mountains onto the foothills, they can be quite mild and extremely dry - as warm as 15 Celsius with a relative humidity of 10% or less. The air is so dry that when it hits a snowpack, the frozen water evaporates, going directly from the ice to vapour and bypassing the liquid phase entirely. This is called sublimation, and it's a common way for snow to disappear in the arid West." Desublimation occurs when water vapour turns to ice as snow or frost.