Record rain for val­ley

Area sees twice the average pre­cip­i­ta­tion in July

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

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."

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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.

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