The wet spring continued well into June, rising river levels and ruining the early plantings for many gardeners across the West Kootenay.
“A semi-permanent upper low anchored over the northeast Pacific for much of June sent a series of frontal systems towards the West Kootenay that brought 16% more rain than usual while temperatures hovered near or below normal most days,” says a summary of June’s weather from Jesse Ellis, a fire forecaster at the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar.
Ellis says one of the larger, slower-moving weather systems that pushed inland from the BC coast passed over the area from the 12th to 14th. It brought not only showers but cool temperatures. For the final two days of the event, there was only three degrees difference between the daytime high temperature and the nighttime low.
No records were broken to speak of in June. The highest temperature of the month occurred during the afternoon of the 28th (32.1°C). That’s a big change from last year’s highest June temperature, recorded at 43.9°C during the heat dome event.
John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice