August Was ‘Typical’ says Env. Canada
Prince George, B.C. – It’s been cold and it’s been wet in Prince George over the past week, but Environment Canada Meteorologist Ross Macdonald says all in all, it was a typical August weather-wise.
“On average we see about 51 millimetres of rain at Prince George Airport ( in August) and this month we got about 43 millimetres so it was actually a little below normal. We did finish August with several rainy days, we had a nice stretch of weather in the middle of August, but certainly the end of August we’ve seen a return to wetter weather.”,
No records broken, and Macdonald says despite the recent cold wet weather, August 2016 ‘s average daily temperature was actually a little higher than the usual “In terms of numbers it was a little bit warmer than normal. With our daytime highs and daytime lows averaged out , typically we see an average of about 15 degrees this time we saw the average temperature at 16.2 so it was a little bit warmer than normal.” He says looking back at weather records since the 1940’s this would be the 7th warmest August in Prince George.
The cold wet rainy pattern is going to be with us for a while says Macdonald “This puts a bit of a damper into our meteorological fall, we certainly are into a very unsettled patter with showers and thunderstorms throughout today and to end the work week and into the weekend as well. It looks like we’ll start the long weekend with some showers, daytime highs getting up to 15 or 16 degrees and overnight lows in the 5 to 7 degree range. Maybe for the back half of the weekend we start to reduce that chance of showers to about 30%, but we’re into this kind of fall, unsettled pattern and we may have said goodbye to summer, hopefully we’ll get another (summer) blast in the middle of September, but at least for the short term we certainly have said goodbye to it for now.”
As for the first day back to school, Macdonald says the unsettled patter will continue “I would probably expect at least for Tuesday and Wednesday the first day of school, there will be some showers around at some point, more of the same of what we’re going to see over the weekend.” He says while there may be some sunny breaks, “Definitely prepare for some showers for the first day of school.”