Rupert received less than a quarter of average rainfall in February, and no rain was recorded for the first week of March. (Karissa Gall/The Northern View)

Rupert received less than a quarter of average rainfall last month

Terrace had second driest February since 1913, according to Environment Canada

Prince Rupert received less than a quarter of the average rainfall expected for last month, according to Environment Canada.

Carmen Hartt, a meteorologist for Environment Canada, told the Northern View that Rupert received only 40.3 mm of rain in February.

The average amount of rainfall for February, Hartt said, is 185.6 mm.

“We can see from precipitation data that there has been less precipitation in February this year than in previous years,” Hartt said. “There are, on average, 19 days of rainfall for Prince Rupert, and so far this year we have recorded only seven days.

“This has continued into March, which normally experiences 20 days of rain. This year, so far, there have been none,” she added.

Hartt did not have data to confirm whether or not the lack of rainfall broke any Rupert records, but she did have data for Terrace.

“Terrace had the second driest February on record since 1913, receiving only 10 per cent of the normal expected rainfall,” she said.

READ MORE: A local man water skied on the harbour Wednesday

Hartt said clear skies over coastal B.C. are being caused by a high-pressure system dominating the region.

When asked if this weather will become the norm for Rupert, Hartt said it’s hard to say.

“Many [weather] stations across B.C. have recorded lower than normal rainfall,” she said. “We will have to track the weather patterns in the coming years.”

On Sunday, Rupert weather is expected to return to normal.

Environment Canada is predicting cloud cover, rain and snow for the end of the weekend, and throughout next week.



gareth.millroy@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Grant Lawrence brings stories and songs to Rupert

Luke Wallace, Rachelle van Zanten will support April 13 event as musical guests

Taylor Northcott will help build Arizona State hockey

Prince Rupert hockey star was a Seawolf before moving south for sports school

Northwest mobile unit to help those at heart of mental health, addiction crisis

Province, Northern Health unveils new unit in Terrace to bridge gaps in services

Dundas Island clams could be poisonous: health authorities

Butter clams harvested in November 2018 could cause paralytic shellfish poisoning

Uncertain future for Alaska ferry terminal in Prince Rupert

Severe budget cuts could mean ending service to the only Canadian stop on the Alaska Marine Highway

Rumors to hit the Lester Centre stage this Thursday

Prince Rupert community cast and crew present Neil Simon’s two-act comedy from March 21-23

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Most Read