At this point, Gammer doesn’t expect the lake to reach maximum elevation this year, which would be approximately 2.5 feet higher. Instead, he’s seen what he calls a “very gradual, slow increase” in levels.
Precipitation levels in Fort St. John were well above average for June, at 117.3 millimetres. Coupled with a below average May at 28.9 millimetres, the unofficial total for the past two months is 35.1 millimetres ahead of the May/June norm, at 146.2.
To stay ahead of the precipitation average for the three months ending July 31st, the city will need to record more than double the amount received this month last year. Although July is traditionally the top precipitation month of the year, with an average of 83.2 millimetres, the Energetic City fell well short of that in 2012, at only 22.1.
However, it was only two years ago that the local airport weather station recorded 144.9 in July, and a record June/July total of 321.4. Still, prior to 2011, you have to go back to 2005 to find a year when the total for July reached the monthly norm.
We have 79.7 millimetres to go to match the monthly average this year, after recording .8 yesterday.