April 2017 – One for the Record Books
Prince George, B.C.- April 2017 was the wettest April in Prince George ever recorded.Environment Canada Meteorologist Alyssa Charbonneau says Prince George received 112.5 mm of precipitation last month the normal for the month is 36.0 “The second wettest was in 1995 and that was 72.7 mm of precipitation, so last month really blew that record out of the water.”
She says the region was stuck in a pattern of storms that kept the cool and wet weather in the area “We had non- stop systems coming through with lots of precipitation right through the cewntral Interior and on top of that we had some significant storms that brought plenty of precipitation over one day, 25 mm towards the beginning of the month which really helped push that number up for the whole month.”
She says averaging the highs and lows of last month, the temperature really wasn’t far off the typical average for April “The average temperature was 4.7 degrees Celsius and the normal is 5 point zero, so actually pretty much right on normal temperature wise, but really, just an exceptionally wet month.”
As for May and what lies ahead, well, that’s a mix says Charbonneau “As we look at the beginning of May, this week I don’t have a ton of good news, we still have the showers in the forecast right through Friday and into Saturday, but looking into next week, there is a hint we are going to see a ridge of high pressure building over the central interior that’s going to bing much drier conditions.”
Temperatures will start to climb by the end of the week, with a high of plus 19 by Thursday and Friday. “Slowly warming up, and drier weather on the horizon” says Charbonneau.
As for the long range forecast, ( looking 3 months down the road) she says there is a 50-60% chance that in May June and July, the average temperature will end up being warmer than normal “We also have our forecast that goes out to the middle of May and it’s predicting an 80-90% chance of warmer than normal temperatures for the middle of this month.”