More rain has fallen on Prince Rupert in the past week than in a regular month, Environment Canada stated on Sept. 24 and more forecasted.
In the seven days from Sept. 17 to 23, the city experienced 221 mm of rainfall. Usually, the municipality receives 226 mm of precipitation for the whole month of September. So far this month, the city has received 359 mm of rain, Doug Lundquist, meteorologist for Environment Canada, told The Northern View.
“It’s kind of off the charts there for sure,” Lundquist said.
The prolonged and concentrated rainfall has been caused by a “relatively stuck frontal band,” causing multiple low fronts to unload their water over the area.
“We’re wording it as a parade of storms,” Lundquist said.
“You’re going to continue to have more and more storms parade across the North Coast,” he said. “The issue here is, it seems to be earlier that you’re getting this heavier rain. Typically it can come more into November and December.”
The city’s rainiest month is normally October, which sees an average of 374 mm.
“Even though it’s just showers for the next couple of days, we have rain for much of Sunday (Sept. 25) through Thursday (Sept. 30), which is the end of the month,” Lundquist said.
With even more rain in the forecast, people need to protect themselves and their surroundings.
“It’s not a time to be speeding [because] you can hydroplane. It’s a good time to make sure our culverts aren’t plugged up … it’s time to clean up things that could dam off the water, as long as it’s safe to do it,” Lundquist said.
Norman Galimski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Rupert Northern View