Dry start to June in Fort St. John

Despite kicking off the month with six millimeters of rain on the first day, the local airport weather station finished the first third of June on Wednesday, well off the monthly average precipitation pace.

It had recorded only 10.2 millimeters, putting it on pace for monthly total of just over 30, less than half of the June norm of 65.6.

That would make it even less than last year, when the station posted a total of only 37.2 mm, despite 20 millimeters in the first third of the month.

That in turn ushered in a three-month summer drought period of only 79.6 millimeters, adding 39.4 millimeters in July, and a record low August post of just three millimeters.

Again, we note the Environment Canada listed average for those three months, the three heaviest local precipitation months of the year, is nearly two and half times that amount at 192 mm.

However, since this is an odd number year, local area farmers and ranchers can be somewhat encouraged by the recorded totals of the past five years.

Since 2010, the airport station has been engaged in what amounts to an annual over and under precipitation game.

It has recorded odd year totals well over the three month norm, with 341.1 millimeters in 2011, and 226.2 in 2013.

However, it has been a much different story in the even years, with below average totals of 95.7 mm in 2010, and 129.6 mm in 2012, in addition to last year’s aforementioned 79.6 mm.

Meantime, it is also worth noting this is the time of year when one day can make a significant difference to the monthly precipitation total, and records for the next two days are both over 40 millimeters — 42.2 mm on June 12 in 1968, and 45.3 mm on June 13 in 1994.

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