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Okanagan Drought Bulletin 2 – September 1, 2017

OKANAGAN ESCALATES TO DROUGHT LEVEL 3 The B.C. Government has declared a Level 3 drought rating for the Okanagan. It’s a year of extremes in the Okanagan. Between June and August, Kelowna broke its record for LEAST SUMMER RAINFALL, with

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Okanagan Drought Bulletin 1 – August 22, 2017

OKANAGAN IN DROUGHT LEVEL 2 There has been some confusion recently regarding what drought level the Province of B.C. has declared for the Okanagan. While some regions around us have been moved to Drought Level 3, the Okanagan, as of

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Update #7 – August 2017

Flood Review The City of West Kelowna, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan have called on the B.C. Minister of FLNRORD to review all the factors leading to the flooding of Okanagan Lake in 2017. According to the Snow

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Update #6 – June 2017

Weather Report The following forecast is from Accuweather (http://tinyurl.com/y8tmvkuj), which is in line with Environment Canada (https://weather.gc.ca/saisons/prob_e.html). British Columbia: Summer is expected to be drier than normal for most areas, including Vancouver. The exceptions may be the BC Rockies the

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Update #5 – May 2017

Weather Update Okanagan snow packs are now above average. All indications are that we should expect a relatively “normal” or average water year, although there are some concerns about flooding if we have a sudden warming in May, with a

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Update #4 – April 2017

Weather update Okanagan snow packs are still slightly below average. As of March 22, the Mission Creek and Brenda Mines snow pillows were 80% of normal. All indications are that we should expect a relatively “normal” or average water year.

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Update #3 – March 2017

Okanagan snow packs are still slightly below average. As of March 22, the Mission Creek and Brenda Mines snow pillows were 80% of normal. All indications are that we should expect a relatively “normal” or average water year. In 2015

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Update #2 – February 2017

Okanagan snow packs are below average. As of February 15, the Mission Creek snow pillow was 72% of normal, and Brenda Mines was 71% of normal.   Long-term weather forecasts continue to predict above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures

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Update #1 – January 2017

Okanagan snow packs are below average. As of January 22, the Mission Creek snow pillow was 70% of normal, and Brenda Mines was 64% of normal. Long-term weather forecasts continue to predict above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures for

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Update #5 – December 2016

    National Weather Service (US) predicts below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php?lead=3

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Update #4 – November 2016

There haven’t been any recent long-term precipitation forecasts from Environment Canada, but the temperature forecast looks like it will be a warm start to winter (map is for Oct.-Dec.). The Accuweather.ca website forecasts above normal snowfall. http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/anderson/canada-20162017-winteroutlook/ 60738013 West coast

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Update #3 – September 28

Highlights from Environment Canada September weather bulletin Following a record warm spring, summer 2016 was much closer to normal in terms of temperature with most of the region reporting slightly warmer than normal conditions. The Interior of B.C. saw near

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Update #2 – June 29, 2016

July Weather Report Comparison with 2015: This year had a much more generous snow pack, but both years had a much earlier snowmelt than average. This may cause problems with late summer streamflows. Okanagan Lake Levels: Okanagan Lake levels are

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Update #1 – June 1, 2016

June Weather Report Provincial River Outlook – Issued: May 27, 2016 3:00PM “Weather over the past week has been dominated by low pressure systems with cooler temperatures and showers. Precipitation totals over the past week were in the 0-20 mm

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OBWB Drought Update #11

Dear Okanagan local governments and water utilities, Drought Level Three Since my last update, the Okanagan has been scaled back to Drought Level Three, with some streams still flowing low for this time of year. We seem to have weathered

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