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More rain than usual this October

KAMLOOPS - It feels like it’s been raining for months in our Kamloops. Those gorgeous fall colours have been viewed through the blurred lenses of windshield wipers, and the crisp, sunny sweater-weather days have hidden behind the low clouds. It’s been undeniably wet this season; surely it must be a record for rainfall.

Well, we're not imagining things. The higher-than-normal puddle splashing is, in fact, just that. According to Environment Canada’s historical records, October is coming in well above the average for precipitation.

Kamloops has soaked up 46 millimetres of rain thus far this month, far exceeding the historical average of 19 mm and is on track to overtake the 2005 record of 48.1 mm.

This year’s rainfall also has been more consistent than usual. In years past, welcome stretches of bright, brisk days have broken up the wetter weather. This year, however, more than 14 days of showers have drenched the region, and the current forecast ensures that number will grow. Historical data shows that Kamloops usually sees only 10 wet days in October.

The influx of Kamloops newcomers from the Coast might be unfazed by this damp season, but long-time locals have gotten used to the the picture-perfect — and dry — autumns of late. The rainfall average in October 2010 was a remarkable 5.8 mm. Two years ago, only nine dreary days interrupted the sunshine. With seasons like that, it’s easy to forget that October usually does usher in a dose of drizzle.

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