Port Renfrew's Liquid Sunshine

By Morris Trembley
Six Mile Creek Fish Hatchery

Every winter there is a little contest as to which month will get the most precipitation. Usually it is December. But not this winter. January won this year's contest thanks to one week when we recorded 739 mm of rain in seven days. We ended the month with a total of 864 mm of precipitation. Our records show it was the fourth wettest January in the last 41 years.

Wet January's have been:
January 1967 - 1,069 mm
January 1968 - 932 mm
January 1992 - 885 mm
January 2005 - 864 mm

We don't consider it to be a wet month unless we record a metre or more of precipitation. A metre is 1,000 mm, or 39.37 inches. We usually record a metre per month of rain or snow once every 5 or 6 years but we've been in a little bit of a dry spell for the last 10 years. The last metre per month of rainfall was recorded in November of 1995

November 1995 - 1,158.3 mm
November 1990 - 1,066.8 mm
December 1979 - 1,059 mm
October 1975 - 1,085 mm
October 1967 - 1,082 mm
January 1967 - 1,068 mm
December 1966 - 1,331 mm

(1 inch equals 25.4 mm and 10 mm of snow equals 1 mm rain)

Highest 1 year rainfall was 1967 - 4,860 mm/191.3 inches
Highest 1 month rainfall was December 1966 - 1,331 mm/52.4 inches
Highest 2 month rainfall was December 1966 and January 1967 - 2,339 mm/94.45 inches

The rain usually begins to slow down a little in February, but don't put your rain clothes away just yet, our records are full of exceptions.


Morris Trembley is the Six Mile Creek Fish Hatchery manager and long time resident of Port Renfrew, B.C. Canada.

ESS WATCH Long Range Provincial Forecast

The Environment Canada forecasts for June, July and August 2005 are:

Precipitation: The map showed the entire coastline expecting less than normal levels of precipitation. This band also extended and covered the lower half of the province. There was one small portion in the very north central region that is expected to see above normal levels.

Temperature: The prediction map showed that the entire province area is expected to receive above normal levels for the three months noted above.

For the sake of comparison the Old Farmer's Almanac 2005 sees the same reporting period in this way:

Precipitation: June and July will see significantly less precipitation than normal but August will then see significantly above normal average levels of precipitation.

Temperature: The temperatures are to be normal for June and August and slightly above normal for July.

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