Rain­fall record for Wind­sor bro­ken

Pre­cip­i­ta­tion was 42.2 mm on Sun­day

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION - DALSON CHEN

Feel free to com­plain, Wind­sorEs­sex res­i­dents: This has in­deed been un­usu­ally bad weather for mid-April, ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada.

Se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ge­off Coul­son said the weather sta­tion at Wind­sor Air­port re­ported 42.2 mil­lime­tres of rain on Sun­day — mak­ing it Wind­sor’s raini­est April 15 on record.

“We cer­tainly got a lot, and with some freez­ing rain mixed in there as well,” Coul­son said. Wind­sor’s pre­vi­ous record for April 15 was 30.7 mm, set back in 1972.

Com­bined with Satur­day ’s rain­fall of 22.8 mm, the week­end’s to­tal pre­cip­i­ta­tion reached 65 mm. That’s still less than the raini­est sin­gle April day in Wind­sor his­tory — 94.6 mm on April 20, 2000. “This has been quite a note­wor­thy event, right across south­ern On­tario,” Coul­son said. “It’s been a mas­sive storm sys­tem.” Ac­cord­ing to Coul­son, the south­west­ern tip of the prov­ince was ac­tu­ally spared the worst of week­end con­di­tions. Wind­sor-Es­sex only ex­pe­ri­enced a few hours of freez­ing rain, while Toronto be­came “a skat­ing rink,” Coul­son said. But En­vi­ron­ment Canada was fore­cast­ing a 60 per cent chance of lo­cal snow flur­ries Tues­day, with high tem­per­a­tures near 3 C. “It’s the back end of the sys­tem,” Coul­son said. “The nor­mal high for this time of year should be about 14 C.” Tem­per­a­tures should bounce back Wed­nes­day, but with a 60 per cent chance of more rain. Coul­son said me­te­o­rol­o­gists in his of­fice started see­ing in­di­ca­tors of the storm a week ago: Big, slow-mov­ing low-pres­sure sys­tems from Colorado and Texas that merged and crept to­ward the Great Lakes. “Un­for­tu­nately, in this par­tic­u­lar case, we were bang on — a very im­pact­ful event,” Coul­son said.

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