Friday, August 17, 2012

August rain on track to top (Prince Edward Island) average

CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2012 3:08 PM AT Last Updated: Aug 17, 2012 4:08 PM AT

Following a big rain Thursday, rainfall at Charlottetown Airport is on track to be above average for the first time since April.

How much water have you been using? 1970-2012Rainfall from May through July, at 134.8 mm, was less than half the normal average of 276.7 mm for the period. With Thursday's rain the total for August is up to 57 mm, putting the Charlottetown Airport station on track to top the 87.3 mm average for the month.

The lack of rain has been a big concern for farmers, and also for the City of Charlottetown and the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association. Charlottetown gets virtually all its water from the Winter River watershed. This year two branches of the Winter River have run dry, and the watershed association is concerned that the city is pulling too much water from the system.

Since early July, the city has been asking people to conserve water.


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