If October seemed wetter than usual on mid-Vancouver Island, that’s because it was. And the arrival of November hasn’t brought a break in the precipitation.
“City operations staff are busy dealing with the fallout from this most recent storm,” City of Parksville communications manager Deb Tardiff said Wednesday as the region was pelted with its latest downpour. “Staff are out clearing catch basins, unblocking storm drains and gates and clear tree debris from streets caused by winds and excessive rain.”
The series of rainfall events that swept across coastal B.C. throughout October and that set a monthly rainfall record in Vancouver did not spare the local area.
In Nanaimo, which has the nearest Environment Canada data recording centre, precipitation fell in 27 of October’s 31 days, compared to the historical average of 15.5 days with precipitation. The monthly total of 294.2 mm of rain reported for the month nearly tripled the monthly average of 102.2 mm.
Environment Canada’s Courtenay Grantham station boasts historical averages of 17.6 days of precipitation totalling 147.1 mm for October. But last month the community was inundated with 28 days of rain and a total of 448.5 mm — including a 79.8 mm deluge on Oct. 15 that fell just short of the record single-day rainfall of 80.2 mm set on Oct. 9, 1997.
It’s unclear whether monthly records were set for October in mid-Island communities. Inquiries to Environment Canada’s B.C. office this week were not answered.
Tardiff said Parksville has a rain gauge on a city-owned building in the Industrial Park, but as of Wednesday readings were not available.
Don’t plan on the region drying out any time soon.
Historically, November is the wettest month of the year across the mid-Island.
In Nanaimo, November on average logs nearly double the city’s normal October precipitation level, at 197.2 mm.
— NEWS Staff