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Wet season hits in Kelowna

Rumbling thunder and sudden rain showers this afternoon cut play-time short for visitors at the Rowcliffe off-leash dog park.
May 21, 2013 - 4:49 PM

While today's storm action jolted people from the long weekend's sunny haze, the rainfall is nothing out of the ordinary. B.C. River Forecast Centre spokesperson David Campbell says May and June are typically rainy months for Kelowna.  

“We've entered into wet season, the reversal of air flow is typical for this time of year,” he says. An intensive low pressure system centred over Washington State is likely the culprit, Campbell says.

"It's causing a spinning wheel of moisture." 

Showers are expected to continue overnight and through to tomorrow bringing 15 - 20 millimeters of rain. A total of 30 millimeters is expected over the next five days, Campbell says.

But Kelowna residents will be spared the brunt of stormy weather.

"The areas now forecast to hit hardest are far west or far east of Kelowna," Campbell says. "Kelowna will be in a dry belt."

While another wave of rain showers is expected by Friday, Campbell says local rivers and streams should be able to handle the boost in flow.

Most of the snow throughout the Okanagan has melted and the latest measurement of remaining snowpack levels will be released tomorrow.

As for Mission Creek and other local waterways, they have likely seen their peak in snowmelt run-off for the season.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

 

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