A cool, wet spring is what British Columbia needs if the province wants to avoid summer drought and an early forest fire season; that, according to Environment Minister Barry Penner.
January and February were extremely mild in parts of the province, which has resulted in historically low snowfall and mountain snowpack across much of the Interior, from the Okanagan and Kootenay-area and north to the Peace.
Castlegar, in the West Kootenays, experienced the lowest February snowfall ever recorded and Terrace, in the Skeena River basin, had its driest October to February period ever.
This could result in a similar summer to 2009, where more than 400 million dollars was spent fighting fires that threatened homes. There could also be water restrictions once again as a result of the drought conditions.
Penner says spring rainfall will need to be at or above normal this year to reduce the potential for summer low flow or drought problems. However, in The Weather Network's Spring Outlook, we're calling for below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures.
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