Holy umbrella, B.C. just broke a half-century-old record

Tyler Hamilton
Holy umbrella, B.C. just broke a half-century-old record

As of Saturday, Vancouver has recorded precipitation every single day for the past 30 days. How significant is that? How about more than half-a-century significant.

Let's take a look back at January 10th, 2020. It rained 22 mm in Vancouver -- not particularly noteworthy, but what followed with metronome-like precision is nothing short of shocking.

Rain record vancouver

Sometimes it rained, sometimes it snowed, but the weather station at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has always had a type of hydrometeor -- that is, liquid or ice in the atmosphere -- to record over the past month.

Not since November 11th, 1966, has a streak persisted for so long.

What's almost more impressive is the frequency of precipitation over the past couple of months. Since December 10th, 2019, YVR has recorded some form of precipitation or another on 57 out of 61 days.

That's over 93 per cent of days. Quite something, as between January and April, YVR typically receives more than .2 mm of precipitation only 65 times.

HERE COMES THE SUN

For the average Vancouverite, it seems like years since it's been visible.

While the last of the slush is slowly melting, by Sunday, a small miracle is in store. The last mostly sunny day occurred on November 29th, 2019 – for those keeping score at home, that's over 70 days ago.

Cloud statistics

If the clouds this weekend over-envelop Vancouver, the filtered sunshine might just be the appetizer; There's a high possibility a couple of sunny days are lurking on the horizon.

Soak in that Vitamin D, Vancouver.