It appears that Fort St. John missed setting a second consecutive monthly precipitation record in July by just a fraction of a millimeter.
The all-time July record is 145.5 millimeters established in 1939, which up until June of this year was also the local area’s overall one month record.
This year Environment Canada reports the July total recorded at the local airport weather station was 144.9 milllimeters…missing the record by only three-fifths of a millimeter.
However, when added to the all-time June total of 176.5, the area easily established a new two month record of 321.4 millimeters.
That’s more than double the June-July average amount for this region of 154.6 millimeters, and it works out to 12 and a half inches.
It is also nearly 70 percent of the local area’s yearly average, of 465.5 millimeters…which was exceeded this year by the middle of last month.
The local airport has now recorded an above average total every month this year except May, and unofficially, the seven month total is 518.8 millimeters…or more than 20 inches.
The most dramatic numbers however, come in the year-over-year June and July comparison, with this year’s total more than six times the amount…50.3 millimeters…recorded during the same two months in the 2010 drought year.