BRITISH COLUMBIA

Rain not falling, but records could, as drought persists across northeast B.C.

09/28/2012 11:40 EDT | Updated 11/28/2012 05:12 EST
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Nothing short of a downpour between now and Sunday will keep Fort St. John, B.C., from reaching some dubious records.

Environment Canada spokesman Chris Emond says the northeastern city is approaching the driest September, and the driest three month period, since records have been kept.

Measurements for September vary, but reveal barely one millimetre of rain fell around Fort St. John this month, far below the parched 15.4 millimetres recorded in 2006, and well off September's monthly average of 45.7 millimetres.

Emond also notes the previous record for lowest amount of summer precipitation was set in 1945 when just 55.9 millimetres came down between July and September.

This year, Fort St. John has seen a scant 45.9 millimetres of rain since the start of July, ten millimetres below the previous setting.

Residents in many parts of northeastern B.C. have been urged to conserve water during the current dry spell and the fire danger rating across the entire northeastern quarter of the province remains at high or extreme. (MooseFM)