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The local airport weather station is getting close to posting its highest September precipitation total in more than a decade, but the current showery weather is also frustrating grain farmers.

“These showers we’re getting delays us and is not helping anything. We’ve got to have some good weather here just to dry this out. Harvest in total we’re probably 60 per cent done give or take. Canola harvest we’re maybe 25 per cent. That would be on the high side.”

That’s Kelly Kassian of Richardson/Pioneer and he confirmed the latest harvest delay was fostered by two airport station, two point six millimeter rain posts, on Wednesday and Thursday.

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It lifted the month-to-date precipitation total to 74.5 millimeters, the highest September total since the station recorded 75.1 in 2009.

According to Environment Canada’s records that in turn was the highest total since 2004 when the airport station posted 121.6, recording 71.2 millimetres of rain and 56.6 centimeters of snow.

Now that’s also the year the station recorded the one day September snowfall record, with 21.8 centimeters the official post on the 18th of the month.

That followed 14.6 centimeters recorded on the 17th and resulted in a two day total of 36.4, which ended up being nearly two thirds of aforementioned September total that year.

On the second the month this year, the station posted new September one day rainfall and precipitation records, at 42.6 millimeters, easily surpassing the old marks, of 37.3, set on the sixth of the month in 1984.

It’s also worth noting, that with nearly a week left in the month, this year’s current precipitation total is already the fourth highest September amount in the past two decades.

In addition, to 2004, 2009 and this year, the only other year since 1995, with more than 70 millimeters in September was 1997, when the airport station recorded 90.2.

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