Thanks to last week’s rain and snow, this year’s precipitation total in Fort St. John has now easily exceeded, the May norm.
The 1.2 millimeters on Sunday, raised the monthy total to 46.5, nearly 7 millimeters above the May norm, of 39.7.
Through the first 17 days of the month, the total was only 1.3 millimeters.
However last week’s total was 44 millimeters, including 13.4 on Friday, and 23.8 on a snowy Saturday.
The spring storm also knocked out electricity to about 73 hundred people in the region from Fort St. John to Pouce Coupe, with more than 100 outages reported.
Most of them were in the South Peace, and in Dawson Creek over 28 hundred people also lost power due to a Sunday motor vehicle accident.
BC Hydro, with help from repair crews from other areas of the province, has restored service to most of the impacted customers, and expects to complete repairs today…or perhaps tomorrow, in the case of a few rural residents.
Meantime, With a week left in the month, the local airport has now recorded more precipitation in May than in any other month so far this year.
In addition the year-to-date total is close to 115 millimeters, and now only 13 below the local average, for the first five months of the year.
However, it is the next three months which annually determine regional crop success, with an average total in this area of more than 200 millimeters.