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Vancouver has seen its longest run of wet weather in over 50 years

Vancouver had 22 consecutive January day with precipitation.
Photo: Dan Toulgoet

Vancouver has seen its 28th consecutive day with precipitation which makes this the longest run in over 50 years. 

While Vancouver has seen some brief moments of sunshine, there has been at least a trace amount of precipitation each day over the last 28 days. At other times, the city has seen a staggering amount of rainfall or snowfall accummulate in a matter of hours or days. For instance, Vancouver received a whopping 34 cm of snowfall in five days earlier this month. 

Last month, January only saw one dry day. And, as of 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, Vancouver had received 245 mm of rainfall; an average January receives 158 mm of rainfall. As such, Vancouver saw over 55% more rainfall than the historical average.

Now, Rolf Campbell tweeted that the city has seen its longest run in more than 50 years, since Dec. 19, 1966. This makes it the eleventh longest run with precipitation of all time. 

Vancouver had 22 consecutive January days with precipitation. According to @YVR_Weather, this put the January run in fifth place for the longest run of precipitation in January. 

Environment Canada is calling for rain until Saturday, but Sunday is expected to clear. This means that the city has the potential to set an even longer record, with the tenth longest record sitting at 29 consecutive days with precipitation. Following that, the ninth and eighth are 30 and 31 days, respectively. 

The longest streak was 46 consecutive days with precipitation from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15, 1952.