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British Columbia's wet month

Lisa Varano, staff writer

October 2, 2010 — September may have ended on a sunny note in British Columbia, but last month was anything but dry in the province.

Dressed for showers
Dressed for showers

Vancouver got three times as much rain as it usually does over the month of September.

The city was even on track to have its rainiest September on record. But it got derailed at the end of the month, when several warm and dry days ushered in October.

All it would have taken was another shower or two -- just a few more millimetres of rain -- and Vancouver would have surpassed its 2004 rainfall record.

Vancouver saw 166.4 mm of rain last month but it was mild. Temperatures were slightly warmer than average.

September rainfall totals in British Columbia
September rainfall totals in British Columbia

“This past September, we saw more rainy and overcast days than we saw sunny ones. But in the end of the month, we still averaged slightly above normal in Vancouver,” says Patrick Cool, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

Other parts of British Columbia were just as rainy. Victoria had more than three-and-a-half times its average September rainfall. At the northern end of Vancouver Island, Port Hardy got two-and-a-half times as much rain as it typically gets in September.

The rain was so heavy that it caused floods and mudslides in parts of the province and B.C. had to step in with disaster relief.

All the rain has also been destructive in B.C.'s vineyards. Grape growers are struggling with the aftermath of too much wet weather.

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