The behavior of slope and valley winds near the town of Trail in the Columbia River valley system in southern British Columbia was studied, and the results compared with those obtained from similar studies made in the Alps. The hourly wind velocities for two stations—one in the main valley, the other in a side valley—were resolved into components parallel to and at right angles to the valley. This procedure gives the valley and slope winds respectively.

The usual diurnal wind pattern was found to prevail in most instances, with up-slope and up-valley winds during the day, and down-slope and down-valley winds at night. These systems were much better developed during the summer than in winter, and approximated the ideal pattern more closely on sunny days when the overall pressure gradient was weak.

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* Published by permission of the Controller, Meteorological Service of Canada; this paper was prepared and submitted for publication while the author was employed by that Service.