Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
September 1, 2010 — 55.2mm of rain fell in the city of Vancouver yesterday, making it the rainiest August day on record.
After weeks of dry weather in British Columbia, the south coast was hammered by a frontal system on Tuesday. The result was heavy downpours and record-breaking amounts of rain.
The Vancouver Airport was one of the hardest hit spots. 55.2 mm of rain was recorded, smashing the previous same-day record of 13.6 mm back in 1981.
Still, that wasn't the only record broken.
“Vancouver hadn't seen that much rain on any day in August, so Tuesday was the rainiest August day on record,” says Christina Huang, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network.
The previous record was 39.4 mm, which came down on August 30, 1991.
We caught up with Vancouverites who had mixed reactions to the rainy day in the city.
“The rain? I don't like it!” said one woman. “It's wet, it's dirty. I don't like it at all!”
Others saw the positive sides of the soggy weather.
“It's about time for the wildfires, they certainly need it,” said one local. “For everybody else, it's like 'so much for our summer!'”
Today, the forecast looks drier for the coast of BC. “Things are clearing out and drying out,” says Huang. “The trough is less defined for BC.”
For more forecast details in your own backyard, click our British Columbia Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for your local forecast, which comes up every ten minutes on the tens.