The downpour that deluged Lillooet last Monday set a new local record for rain for that date.
A total of 35.2 mm. of precipitation drenched the community on a grey, soggy July 23, causing problems again with turbidity levels in local creeks. This year’s precipitation for that date far exceeds the previous record for the day – 23.4 mm. set on July 23, 1966.
Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist said the more interesting weather statistic is Lillooet’s average monthly July rainfall, which is 27 mm.
“Lillooet got more than that in half a day last Monday,” said Lundquist.
Daily weather records for Lillooet go back to 1878.
July 23 was a wet day throughout BC’s southern interior.
Clinton received even more rainfall than Lillooet – 39 mm. The story was similar in Ashcroft, which was pelted with 29.2 mm of rain and in Kamloops, where 21.6 mm. fell.
There were no reports of damage resulting from the storm, which was caused by a low-pressure, upper-level disturbance moving east towards Alberta.