Cold and wet.
That would be an accurate description of the weather in the Cariboo for the month of February.
Doug Lundquist with Environment Canada says the latter was a record…
“We usually get about 19 millimeters of precipitation, that’s rain and snow together when they melt the snow. We had about 84. This was 450 percent of average, the wettest ever February.”
Lundquist says 85 centimeters of snow fell in February.
That also shattered the old mark of 64 in 1985.
He says it was also colder than normal, around -10.2 degrees, compared to the average of -4.1.
That was the 5th coldest February on record.
The numbers are a little more muted for the entire winter, considered to include the months of December, January and February…
“For example we were -8.1 degrees in Williams Lake, that was the average temperature. It’s usually -6, so we were only 2 degrees below average for the whole winter, and that’s because it had been warmer earlier. As far as precipitation goes we had 161 millimeters melted down. Usually have 90, so it was still the 4th wettest winter on record, not number one like February but in the top five.”