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Big Stone is an unincorporated community in southern Alberta in Special Area No. 3, located 28 km (17 mi) south of Highway 9, 142 km (88 mi) northwest of Medicine Hat.

The community takes its name from nearby Bigstone Creek.

Climate

Big Stone experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) with long, cold, dry winters and short, warm summers. Precipitation is low, with an annual average of 337.4 mm (13.28 in), and is concentrated in the warmer months.

Climate data for Big Stone
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
14.5
(58.1)
21.5
(70.7)
29.5
(85.1)
35.0
(95)
37.0
(98.6)
36.5
(97.7)
38.0
(100.4)
35.0
(95)
28.0
(82.4)
21.5
(70.7)
14.5
(58.1)
38.0
(100.4)
Average high °C (°F) -7.6
(18.3)
-4.4
(24.1)
2.9
(37.2)
13.0
(55.4)
18.6
(65.5)
22.6
(72.7)
25.3
(77.5)
25.2
(77.4)
19.0
(66.2)
11.8
(53.2)
0.0
(32)
-5.8
(21.6)
10.1
(50.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) -12.7
(9.1)
-9.5
(14.9)
-2.5
(27.5)
6.1
(43)
11.6
(52.9)
15.8
(60.4)
18.2
(64.8)
17.9
(64.2)
12.0
(53.6)
5.1
(41.2)
-5.0
(23)
-10.9
(12.4)
3.8
(38.8)
Average low °C (°F) -17.8
(-0)
-14.5
(5.9)
-7.8
(18)
-0.9
(30.4)
4.6
(40.3)
9.0
(48.2)
10.9
(51.6)
10.6
(51.1)
4.8
(40.6)
-1.7
(28.9)
-10.0
(14)
-16.0
(3.2)
-2.4
(27.7)
Record low °C (°F) -41.5
(-42.7)
-40.0
(-40)
-30.5
(-22.9)
-14.0
(6.8)
-6.0
(21.2)
-1.5
(29.3)
2.5
(36.5)
-1.0
(30.2)
-8.0
(17.6)
-28.5
(-19.3)
-37.5
(-35.5)
-43.0
(-45.4)
-43.0
(-45.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 14.2
(0.559)
8.6
(0.339)
13.5
(0.531)
19.0
(0.748)
44.6
(1.756)
73.0
(2.874)
54.9
(2.161)
35.1
(1.382)
32.7
(1.287)
12.3
(0.484)
14.8
(0.583)
14.8
(0.583)
337.4
(13.283)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.008)
1.4
(0.055)
12.4
(0.488)
43.4
(1.709)
73.0
(2.874)
54.9
(2.161)
35.1
(1.382)
31.8
(1.252)
7.4
(0.291)
1.3
(0.051)
0.9
(0.035)
261.7
(10.303)
Snowfall cm (inches) 14.1
(5.55)
8.4
(3.31)
12.1
(4.76)
6.6
(2.6)
1.3
(0.51)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.9
(0.35)
5.0
(1.97)
13.5
(5.31)
13.8
(5.43)
75.7
(29.8)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 5.7 4.3 5.5 5.3 8.9 11.9 10.3 8.6 7.5 5.1 5.8 6.6 85.3
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.1 0.3 0.8 3.9 8.8 11.9 10.3 8.6 7.2 3.8 1.2 0.3 57.2
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 5.5 4.0 4.9 1.9 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 1.7 4.9 6.4 30.1
Source: Environment Canada

Coordinates: 51°13′08″N 111°11′35″W / 51.21889°N 111.19306°W / 51.21889; -111.19306 (Big Stone)

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