Prince George Nears Monthly Rainfall Average in Just 11 Days
Prince George, B.C. – It’s been a soggy month in Prince George with just a glimmer of relief in sight.
It’s been so wet through the first 11 days of July Environment Canada notes the city has already received 91% (56.5 mm) of the rain it normally receives the entire month (62.1 mm).
In fact, it’s nearly eclipsed the total rainfall Prince George had all of July last year – 57.4 mm (the record high came in July,1982 when PG had 131.2 mm, the lowest was 0.8 mm in July, 1958).
To add insult to injury, meteorologist Lisa Coldwells says most of last year’s total came over the span of just four days.
“It was a four-day burst of rain – four days where there was some thunder storms and actual rain and the rest of the month it was generally sunny and warm.”
Don’t expect much of that the rest of this month – at least in the short term.
“Unfortunately today is another day of showery weather and there’s some thunderstorms involved today so if you get under a thunder storm you might see a heavier downburst of almost 20 mm of rain,” she says.
“And this pattern continues on through Wednesday, a little on Thursday but Friday will finally be a day where the sun’s coming out and even most of Saturday.”
And though the extra rain likely means less fun at the beach, Coldwells points out there are some real benefits that come along with it.
“When you look at the BC Forests wildfire web map you see a map of BC and it’s almost completely blue – that means the forest fire danger rating across the province is in the very low category.”
Amanda Reynolds, fire information officer with the Prince George Fire Centre, adds the wet weather has meant fewer fires and less hectares of forest burnt so far this year compared to this date last year.
Number of Fires to Date (PG Fire Centre)
July 12 2016 – 174 Fires//90,814 hectares
2015 Fire Season – 338/189,133 hectares burnt
10 year average – 149 fires – 37,867
She says the wet weather has other benefits too.
“Precipitation over an extended period of time increases the moisture level in all fuel layers, which essentially makes the fuels less receptive to ignition and continued combustion if ignition were to start.”
Reynolds also notes the wetter weather has allowed fire crews the chance to rest and participate in training opportunities though she cautions the fire season if far from over yet.
“Although we have seen a wetter June and July it only takes a couple of days for the fuels to try and increase the fire danger rating, and we are still early in the fire season.”