Record dry spell for Agassiz

Driest August and September on record in past 123 years, says meteorologist

Agassiz hasn’t been this dry in 123 years, says Environment Canada meteorologist David Jones.

For the recorded period of August and September, the previous low was 29 mm of rain. That was set in 1974. However, this year in the same time frame Agassiz only saw 16 mm of rain.

By contrast, the wettest August and September was recorded in 1920, when 358 mm fell to the ground.

“Agassiz is a great station, with reliable and complete data dating back to 1890,” Jones said. “It’s the most reliable station.”

Things were looking just as dry around the entire south coast of the province. Vancouver also broke its own record for being parched, leaving behind its reputation as the “wet coast” for at least one summer.

Jones said the dry weather pattern will be here for a while yet. He said on Wednesday that Environment Canada can’t see a chance of rain for at least five to six days, and that Agassiz could be looking at dry, warm weather right until the middle of October.

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