Record rain for valley
Area sees twice the average precipitation in July
A pattern shaping up this July sees clouds begin to accumulate in the morning. By afternoon coffee break, people are scrambling to roll up car windows. By the time you're driving home, the windshield wipers are going full bore.
For many, this is the wettest July in recent memory. While the soil and crops soak up the moisture, the long July afternoons lounging at the Rotary Spray Park have been few and far between.
Dan Kulak, meteorologist for Environment Canada, tells The Mail that while we're only midway through the month, the total precipitation accumulations in the valley has surpassed what we would typically see for all of July. This comes after June moisture was actually below average.
“The normal rainfall for June is 69 millimetres, and for June 2016, we had 57 millimetres,” he said. “For July, the normal is 64 millimetres, and as of July 17, we had a record 113 mm.”
He says while June was drier, typically, there were more days with precipitation. In the first 17 days of July, there were already 13 days with measurable rain. Typically there are 8 mm within the month.
Kulak says they have to go back to 2013 when there was more than average rainfall in July.
“This July we have been in a weather pattern which is inclined to produce afternoon thunderstorms. We have been seeing these kinds of convective weather events, and of course, some funnel clouds, tornados, and hail."
It has almost been a daily occurrence to see thunderstorm watches and warnings. Last Thursday, a tornado was spotted north of Drumheller near Endiang.
“In general it has been an unsettled month, but moving into this week, we are moving into a warmer, drier pattern, except with those afternoon thunderstorm developments."
Local Liam Keller enjoying the record amounts of rain which fell in Drumheller this month. July in the valley saw twice the average amount of percipitation fall.