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LOOKING BACK BUSINESS JENNIFER SCHELL offers some suggestions on great ideas for appies for a New Year’s Eve celebration. A REVIEW of what made news this past year in Kelowna (A3), West Kelowna (A29) and the Central Okanagan sports community (A10) continues in today’s Capital News. COLUMNIST Joel Young suggests one of the keys to being a success in business is to be grateful for success that comes your way, and don’t be afraid to thank others who have helped along the way. A15 81 serving our community 1930 to 2011 INSIDE B21 Firewood Best Seller BIG POWER BIG SAVINGS 55.5 cc, 18” Bar SALES SINCE 1965 TASTY TREAT SERVICE $ Husqvarna 455 Rancher + Kit PARTS SAVOY EQUIPMENT 449.99 LTD. 1892 Byland Rd, West Kelowna 250-769-7355 1892 Spall Rd, Kelowna 250-868-1010 THURSDAY December 29, 2011 The Central Okanagan’s Best-Read Newspaper ▼ FOR LA NINA YEARS Warmer winter may become normal for Okanagan Judie Steeves STAFF REPORTER Rubbers instead of snowboots, umbrellas instead of toques are what the average Kelowna resident is digging out this week, as temperatures hit abnormal highs. Frosty doesn’t stand a chance of continuing to stand up at the temperatures reached in Kelowna this week, of 6 C at the airport and as high as 9 C elsewhere in the city. New record high temperatures were reached on the coast, but here, they would have to beat out the 1980 Dec. 28 high of 10.3 C and they didn’t. Thawing overnight temperatures are a rarity at the end of December, but they’re especially surprising in a La Nina year—and there are a couple of overnight thaws forecast this week. Predictions were for a colder-than-normal, wetter winter because this is a La Nina year, when a coolerthan-normal Pacific Ocean stream from South America impacts coastal waters off B.C. and weather throughout the province. However, Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist did a little research and discovered over the last four decades during La Nina winters, Okanagan Valley weather has actually been warmer than normal, but springs have been cooler and later than usual. The one exception was in 1964 when December’s temperature was lower than normal, while in 1955 and 1988, February’s were lower. However, in 1999 and 1973, December was warmer, in 1998, January was warmer and in 1973 February was warmer than normal. It’s a different story in the spring. Between March and June, inclusive, generally temperatures were cooler than normal; with April of 1988 the only exception. This year, Lundquist forecasts warmer than normal temperatures through the first week of January, which fits in with the research he conducted on archived data, since this is a La Nina year. Looking back over the past year, which was also a La Nina year, he calls it “the year of delayed seasons.” Winter’s weather last year was not colder than normal, but the spring was substantially delayed, with markedly lower temperatures in April than usual. In fact, he notes, cooler than usual weather continued through July, with summer weather finally arriving in August and continuing through September—saving crops which depended on warm weather. Tree fruits and grapes all matured weeks later than usual, but the unseasonal heat in September allowed DOUG FARROW/CONTRIBUTOR A DE-FROSTING Frosty The Snowman melts amidst the thawing grass outside a Stetson Road home in Rutland as the temperature took an upswing on the warm side Wednesday. ▼ NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS City prepares for 11th hour of 11th year Wade Paterson STAFF REPORTER Depending on who you are, the perfect New Year’s Eve may have various forms. Some ideal end of year celebrations may involve a family semicircle around JACOBSEN See Warm A23 EXCELLENCE a TV screen to watch the Times Square ball drop and the banging of pots and pans and squealing of noise makers. Others might fancy a quiet evening, a glass of wine and a good book, with no concern of where the hands might be facing on the clock. Some like to host parties with friends; others like to attend parties hosted by friends. And then there are those who like to put on their nicest clothes, hit the town and spend the final evening of the calendar year with a few friends and hundreds of strangers. Those who plan to migrate from the confines of the living room will have the added challenge of choosing an event that will satisfy their New Year’s Eve desires. For those who are INTERNAL fond of tradition, a good option might be the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club’s New Year’s Dinner and Dance. Club president Emilio Nanci said that the event  Can I Buy New or Used?  Do I need a Down Payment? E C N A FIN  How Much can I borrow? KELOWNA’S MOST RELIABLE DEALER SINCE 1971 “One call does it all”. Call Liz or Petra Internal Finance Manager 250-860-7700 See New Year A7 HASSLE FREE ZONE

Kelowna Capital News 29 December 2011

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