The upside of so much rain is rainbows. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)                                The upside of so much rain is rainbows. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

The upside of so much rain is rainbows. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News) The upside of so much rain is rainbows. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Rain days in April just shy of record for Castlegar

Twenty two days of measurable rainfall were recorded in April.

If April showers bring May flowers, then we should be expecting a month full of blossoms.

Measurable rain fell 22 out of the 30 days of April, continuing the cool, wet weather pattern established in March. April usually sees 14 days of rainfall, and the record is 23 days. Total rainfall was 84.2 millimetres, 42 per cent greater than the normal April precipitation level.

The 9.2 mm of rain that fell on April 6 broke the record for daily rainfall.

According to Ron Lakeman, weather forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre, a series of Pacific systems pushing across southern B.C. was to blame, resulting in the wettest April since 1996.

The mean daily maximum temperature was 2.1 degrees cooler than normal, with the lowest temperature for the month being -3.7 degrees Celsius on April 4.

The warmest temperature during the month was 19.6 degrees during the afternoon of April 22.