When my station records rain it keeps track of its continuity. If the rain does not pause for more than 3 hours then it keeps the “Rain Storm” counter going.
Since the rain started at 4AM on Sunday, March 13 we have received 101.8mm of rain. Depending on where you are around the Valley no doubt you’ve had more than I’ve recorded since the wind often blows the rain over my collector. We also had a high wind of 62kph in that time.
What’s interesting is that our highest rain rate since Sunday was only 9.4mm/hr. That’s certainly a good strong rain, but it’s nothing unusual… really nasty heavy rain is up above 15mm/hr. So what we’ve had is a good long soaking.
In the past 7 days we’ve had over 170mm.
And since March 1 we’ve had a whopping 252mm!
Bill noted in the comments that the normal for March in Port Alberni is 190mm.
We are obviously well above normal for March. We have had pretty normal temperatures for that time. And of course we had our peak wind gust on March 2 at 95kph… which is far above anything recorded for March at the official station in the “EC” database, but it’s an Apples and Oranges comparison.
Expect rain to start up again on Thursday and last most of the weekend. It’s definitely getting to be spring.