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chinook

Comes from some native language, and refers to a warm westerly wind that blows east from British Columbia over the Rocky Mountains and blankets the foothills with warmth, changing the temperature rapidly. Sometimes the change can be extreme, maybe even rising 15 degrees in a quarter of an hour. The saying in Calgary is "If you don't like the weather in Calgary, wait a few minutes".

Noun
Country Code:CA
Submitted November 27th, 2006 by: tarapoto

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Chinook was a pidgin trading language in BC. There are so many native groups and languages here it was developed to trade across the province. Comment by: Sweet Trav   
The Term is said about Alberta as a whole not just Calgary!! Comment by: Tayler   
I live in BC and I've only ever heard chinook used to describe the huge salmon in our rivers. I love how the description says "some native language" though. too funny. Comment by: Gina    Rated:3/5
true name of the king salmon Comment by: alaska rat   
The same thing happens in central Europe when a warm southerly wind spills down from the Alps into the Tyrol area of Germany and Austria. Over there it's called a "fohn" pronounced foon. Comment by: Whitbydave   
Actually Edmonton doesn't get the Chinook, only the warming effects. A Chinook wind only occurs in 4 places in the world, Southern Alberta, Colorado, Europe (as mentioned already) and the Sahara desert if memory serves... The Chinook effect is actually the changing of the ions in the air mass not just the warming of the temperatures... Comment by: R00B0y    Rated:3/5
Actually Edmonton doesn't get the Chinook, only the warming effects. A Chinook wind only occurs in 4 places in the world, Southern Alberta, Colorado, Europe (as mentioned already) and the Sahara desert if memory serves... The Chinook effect is actually the changing of the ions in the air mass not just the warming of the temperatures... Comment by: R00B0y    Rated:3/5
I believe areas in south america get chinook like winds. Its called a zonda and a car has been named after it Comment by: silentjay    Rated:4/5
wow those are some pretty ignorant comments about "natives" it's First Nation's now Comment by: midnite   
A Chinook can be found in other areas of Alberta such as Medicine Hat as well as areas in Southern Saskatchewan. Ex. Swift Current and Moose Jaw. Comment by: DUFF   
Nice. I'm writing a story based in the Rockies and I decided to look up Canadian slang! Comment by: Zaffy   
The Chinook in Colorado also is in Utah. Comment by: brandon   
Same thing with Cleveland. Comment by: Zach   
I live in Calgary and the weather's pretty bipolar here... snow in June? Really? Comment by: Tori   
This is found in American English as well. It is not a Canadian slang term per se. Comment by: Matthew    Rated:1/5
This is found in American English as well. It is not a Canadian slang term per se. Comment by: Matthew    Rated:1/5
This is found in American English as well. It is not a Canadian slang term per se. Comment by: Matthew    Rated:1/5
you can also fly one if you join the canadian armed farces Comment by: rick k    Rated:4/5
We get chinooks further south down the Rockies, especially in Colorado. Comment by: Mark   

 
 

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