FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Unofficial numbers taken from readings at the local airport weather station show that 2015 was an average year for precipitation in this area.
The 12 month precipitation total is in at 451.4 millimetres, just slightly above 444.7, which is what Environment Canada cites as the local area norm.
We had 22 centimetres of snow in December — 11.2 less than the previous year, but matching the monthly average.
Although the post on the 18th of the month was only 6.2 centimetres, it was still enough to establish a new precipitation record for the day of 6.2 millimetres.
The wettest day of the past year was Sept. 2, when the airport station recorded 42.6 millimetres of rain—and that was better than nine monthly rainfall totals, with June and August the only exceptions, and in each case by less than one millimetre, with posts of 43.3 and 43.4, respectively.
The September precipitation total was 74.9 millimetres — nearly 15 millimetres more than the January total and nearly 25 more than the April post.
Those two months recorded precipitation totals of 60.6 and 50.1 millimetres, respectively, and along with September were the only months, which resulted in posts of 45 millimetres or more.
The largest monthly amount of snow, 63.2 centimetres, fell in January, with February next at 35.3 — the only months to post 25 or more.
The heaviest daily snowfall of the year was on New Year’s Day, when the airport station recorded 19 point six centimeters and the next day it received 14 more.
At 33.6 centimetres, that put the total for the first two days of the month past the January average of 32.7 and stands in sharp contrast to this year which has thus far failed to produce any January precipitation.
It’s also worth noting that second heaviest snowfall day of last year was actually the 46th day of spring, as the airport station posted 14 point six centimeters on May 5, nearly accounting for the entire month’s total of 16.