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It was a wet September in the southern Interior, and especially so in Penticton

Environment Canada says it was a rainy September in the Kamloops and Okanagan regions, especially so in Penticton.
October 01, 2019 - 3:30 PM

If you thought you used an umbrella more often than normal last month in Kamloops and the Okanagan, you’re right, especially if you live in Penticton.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon says September was the sixth wettest on record in Penticton, with the city receiving 61 mm of precipitation during the month, compared to the norm of 24.6 mm. That's 248 per cent of normal for the month of September in Penticton.

Sekhon says Kamloops and the rest of the Okanagan also had more rain than normal but not nearly as much as Penticton.

Kamloops had 133 per cent of normal precipitation, while Vernon had 128 per cent and Kelowna 126 per cent of normal.

In spite of the extra rain, Sekhon says there is still a precipitation deficit for the region, with annual precipitation at 80 per cent of normal, as a result of several dry months in the spring.

Sekhon says Kelowna normally sees 8.3 days of rain in amounts greater than 0.2 mm in September, but last month saw 18 days with amounts in excess of 0.2 mm.

September was also warmer than normal, with Vernon taking top spot in temperature anomalies. Vernon’s monthly average last month was 15.2 Celsius, 1.5 C higher than the normal average of 13.7 C.

Kelowna was 1.1 C higher than normal, while Kamloops was 0.5 C above normal and Penticton 0.7 C above normal.

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