September dry, warm

Several record high temperatures were tied or beaten last month as the West Kootenay enjoyed a much drier and warmer September than usual.

Several record high temperatures were tied or beaten last month as the West Kootenay enjoyed a much drier and warmer September than usual.

According to stats from forecasters Ron Lakeman and Jessie Ellis at the Southeast Fire Centre, the average temperature for the month was 2.2 degrees warmer than normal.

Record daily highs of 31.4, 31, and 31.6 degrees were set or matched on the 14th, 23rd, and 24th respectively. The warmest temperature of the month was 32.3 degrees during the afternoon of the 5th. The lowest was 2.1 on the 30th.

Rainfall for the month was 6.6 millimeters, which was 15 per cent of normal. That made it the driest September since 1990 and the fourth driest on record.

An upper ridge of high pressure dominated, and the only noteworthy system to produce cool, wet conditions was a Pacific frontal system that passed on the 26th which was responsible for 4.8 mm of rain — almost three quarters of the total for the month.