April brought eventful weather

April wet in Nelson

April was 20 per cent wetter than normal, according to stats from the weather office at the Southeast Fire Centre.

April was 20 per cent wetter than normal, according to stats from the weather office at the Southeast Fire Centre.

West Kootenay was drenched with 55.6 millimetres of rain and 2.4 centimetres of snow, according to the monthly roundup by forecasters Ron Lakeman and Jesse Ellis.

“As is typical of April it was a relatively eventful and unsettled month,” they wrote. “Numerous Pacific disturbances produced occasional rain and frequent rain showers.”

The longest we went without rain was three days. However, the only measurable snow of the month was on the early morning of the 7th.

The total precipitation for the month fell well short of the record 104.6 millimetres in 1996.

“The highlight of the month for many was the brief area of high pressure which allowed for a mix of sun and cloud and unseasonably warm temperatures on the 22nd and 23rd,” the forecasters said.

The warmest temperature of the month — 25.9 degrees — was reached on the afternoon of the 23rd, establishing a new record high for that day.

However, that balmy weather was followed by “significant rain, thunderstorms, and brief hail.”

The heaviest rain of the month was 16.6 millimetres, which began on the night of the 25th and continued into the evening of the 26th.

Overall temperatures averaged out to near normal. The low for the month was –2.9 on the 8th.

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