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Vancouver sees rain relief


A system is set to drench the BC coast this weekend
A system is set to drench the BC coast this weekend

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

August 22, 2011 — After a cool, wet spring, Vancouver has seen a drier than normal summer so far. But a soggy system is changing that.

After a wet spring, Vancouver has seen a drier than normal summer so far
After a wet spring, Vancouver has seen a drier than normal summer so far

Between June 1st and August 20th, Vancouver saw just 78.6 mm of rain. On average the city sees more than 130 mm.

Most of that moisture fell in June; August has seen only trace amounts of precipitation so far.

However, that's finally changing. A moisture-laden cold front has been bringing periodically heavy showers and brisk winds to coastal B.C. since Saturday

Some of the heaviest rain fell in Prince Rupert, which had seen 48 mm by Sunday morning. Greater amounts may have fallen at higher elevations.

As the cold front dove south on Sunday, it drenched parts of Vancouver Island. Port Hardy saw close to 60 mm of rain Sunday into Monday, while Estevan Point saw 57 mm.

The system moved into the Vancouver area Monday morning, bringing 14 mm to the unusually parched city by 11 a.m.

The rain is expected to clear out on Tuesday.

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