FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – According to Environment Canada, the local airport weather station is likely to record its second significant amount of May precipitation this weekend.
It’s projecting a rainfall amount of 15 mm, which would easily lift the monthly total past the May average of 31.9 mm, putting it in the same category as the snowfall and precipitation totals, which blew past their norms last weekend.
However, even if we get it all before midnight, 15 mm will not come close to the May 27th record, which was set 37 years ago.
On this day in 1979, the airport station posted the all-time one day May rainfall and precipitation records of 49.8 mm.
That was the key to recording monthly totals in May of that year of 57.4 mm of rain and 61.2 mm of precipitation.
A 15 mm post today would leave the current month-to-date rainfall total at 39.3 mm, well short of the 1979 amount.
However, it would also lift the current precipitation total to within 1.5 mm of matching the aforementioned 1979 total, and at 59.7 mm, it would also push the year-to-date total to 135.3 mm.
So for the first time in 2016, we would then reach the end of a month, with a year-to-date total that exceeds the average amount for the period in question, in this case the five month norm of 126 mm.
Provided what’s predicted to fall at the airport also gets to the wildfires north of the city, this will no doubt come as more good news for those fighting them.
In addition, it could well result in more celebrations for local farmers and ranchers who have reason to believe, the arrival of moisture laden La Nina conditions to replace the drought fears of El Nino conditions, could lead to grain and forage crop stems.