Precipitation levels below normal

For the second year in a row Fort St. John has recorded a monthly precipitation total slightly below the May norm.

Despite a snowfall total of 14.5 centimeters…three and half times the monthly average…the precipitation total was only 28.9 millimeters, about 11 millimeters less than the norm.

It was also a little less than last year’s total of 35.4 and less than half the total in May of 2007, which was 74.9.

However, once again the key months, for local farmers and ranchers, will be June and July.

Traditionally, they’re the high moisture months in this region, with norms of 70.9 and, 83.2 millimeters…but, last year they had drought contributing totals, of only 26.7, and 20.6.

So far this calendar year, we’ve received nearly 139 millimeters, as compared to the five-month-norm, of about 128.

However, it’s worth noting, at this time last year, we had a five month total of 160 millimeters, prior to the June-July disaster.

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