New forecast calls for less rain than originally predicted over long weekend

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Original Estimates have been significantly reduced but both Environment Canada and the Weather Network are still calling for 10 to 15 millilitres of local area rain Thursday.

In addition, the latter is now predicting five to ten more on Friday and then another five on Monday.

The current estimates should still provide wildfire fighters in the region with some relief, and Kelly Kassian of Richardson Pioneer confirms local area farmers, who got an early start on spring seeding, could also be among the beneficiaries.

He indicated there was considerable excitement in the farm community when the Weather Network storm estimates being put forward earlier this week, sounded like two inches.

Now even the top end estimates through Monday are only about half of that, and   Environment Canada is indicating they will vary throughout the region.

This is Meteorologist Lisa Caldwell


What does still seem to be in play is a May 19th precipitation record at the local airport weather station, since it stands at only 13.1 millimetres posted in 2007.

In addition, the Weather Network’s top end estimates through Monday still add up to 30 millimetres, and that would be enough to push the May total this year to 39.1, surpassing the May average of 37.9, and making this month, only one of three in the past year, to exceed the monthly average.