September 21, 2020

Wet Weekend – March 2013 Warm and Dry

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Monday 21 September 2020 - Monday night: A few showers ending overnight then cloudy. Low 12. Tuesday: Mainly cloudy. Periods of rain beginning in the afternoon. High 18. UV index 4 or moderate. Tuesday night: Rain. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Low 12. Wednesday: Rain. High 19. Wednesday night: Showers. Low 11. Thursday: Showers. High 18. Thursday night: Showers. Low 11. Friday: Rain. High 16. Friday night: Rain. Low 12. Saturday: Rain. High 16. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Sunday: Periods of rain. High 17.

This weekend will be nothing like last weekend, but we really should not be too surprised about that. Today shouldn’t be too bad, but it will be wet tonight and tomorrow and Sunday we can throw in some wind into the mix.

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Great grass growing weather. Maybe next weekend we will get another chance to cut it.

March Redux

Since we’ve started a new month, its good to look back on the past month to get a sense of where we are, I’ve also included March 2012.

March Normals:

Ave Temp: 5.9C
High Temp: 10.8C
Low Temp: 0.9C
Rain: 203mm

March 2012:

Ave Temp: 3.7C
Ave High Temp: 7.9C
Ave Low Temp: 0.5C
Rain: 246mm

March 2013:

Ave Temp: 6.4C
Ave High Temp: 11.9C
Ave Low Temp: 2.4C
Rain: 152mm

As you can see, we have had a remarkable shift compared to last year. We got almost 100mm more rain in March last year than we did this year, and it was much colder as well.

Interestingly, if you average out 2012 and 2013, you come up with averages of 5.0C, 9.9C, 1.7C, 199mm… Still lower than normal for the highs and averages, but higher than normal for lows and bang on normal for precipitation.

That said we have to work in the now.

The warm temperatures and lack of rain means the snowpack has probably stopped growing. The lack of rain shouldn’t have been marked enough to affect growers. April is our last month where the normal rainfall is over 100mm. It’d be good to get our normal amount. The monthly forecast is dry and cool, we will see how it works out.