August rain total double normal year

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Make the final unofficial August precipitation total 114.9 millimetres, more than double the monthly norm of 51.2, but still more than 40 millimetres less than the 1976 record of 157.

The local regional airport Environment Canada weather office added 10.5 millimetres to the total yesterday in what we note again has turned out to be a major Mother Nature harvest interruption for local area farmers.

Much of what could still be a bumper crop, especially the canola crop, remains to be swathed but Kelly Kassian of Richardson Pioneer says there’s no doubt the heavy rain will compromise quality.

Meantime, there’s no sign that moving into a new month is going to result in the tap being turned off.

Environment Canada is calling for 10 to 20 millimetres today and more rain tomorrow and Saturday.

The Weather Network says 20 mm plus today, with a Friday/Saturday total of ten.

So even the low end of those estimates would suggest the first three days of September will result in an airport station total post of more than half the monthly norm of 44.7 mm.

It is also worth noting there’s a good chance we’ll set a new September first record today, as the current one is 14.4 millimetres set in 2000.