June 2016 Not Wettest on Record
Prince George, B.C.- Meteorologists had labelled last month “June-uary” because of the cool and wet conditions, but it wasn’t the wettest on record.“Last month was actually number 13 on the list of wet Junes in Prince George” says Environment Canada Meteorologist Lisa Coldwells. She says Prince George received 92.2 mm of rain, the normal average is 65.3mm.
“It was definitely wetter than normal you got 140% of what you normally get in the month of June.”
As for the temperature, “Practically bang on normal” says Coldwells. The monthly average was 13.8 degrees and that matches the monthly average.
But now it’s July, and its been a soppy start. “The weather pattern that’s causing all this wetness throughout the last part of June and continuing into the first week of July, we call them ‘cold lows’ and they are little low pressure areas that drop out of the Gulf of Alaska and cross over B.C. They like to wrap bands of rain around themselves, so you end up with this rain happening, as more rain feeds into the region.” She says the cold lows are to blame for the recent devastating floods in the Peace Region.
And we can expect more of the same says Coldwells ” I can count three more small little cold lows that are destined to come across this week so it’s going to be a cooler showery, rain patter for this week at least.”
If there is good news, the amount of rain won’t be as heavy “The Prince George area is going to be looking at rain amounts maybe 10-15 mm today, then a couple of days it bounces back and its not so bad then you’ll get another cold low for Thursday and maybe 10 more millimeters. So not the best camping weather that’s for sure.”
Prince George’s normal average rainfall for July is 62.1 millimetres of rain. On Saturday and Sunday the City had already received 19.4 mm or about one third of the monthly average in just the first few days of the month and there is no immediate relief in sight.