June 8, 2010 — Amid fears of drought in BC this summer, the Capilano and Seymour reservoirs are currently full and spilling.
Since the beginning of spring, BC Environment Minister Barry Penner has been warning residents that much of the province could face a drought this summer because of the low snowpack in the mountains.
Still, with less than two weeks until the official start of summer, reservoirs on the lower mainland are in good shape.
“Both our Capilano and Seymour reservoirs are full right now and spilling, which is great news for us at this time of year because we'll have full capacity available for the rest of the summer,” Sharon Peters, superintendent of Systems Control told The Weather Network Monday.
The bigger concern for drought, however, lies in the Interior regions.January and February were extremely mild, which resulted in historically low snowfall and mountain snowpack 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.
“How the summer is going to unfold depends a lot on what weather we get,” says Peters. “So, how hot and dry are the conditions and how long does it take before it starts to rain in the fall.”
For details on what The Weather Network is calling for in British Columbia this summer, make sure you check our 2010 Summer Outlook.
And for details on what you can expect in BC this week, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.