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The sun interrupts the wet reign of the clouds

October 28, 2016
The sunrise as seen on West Broadway Avenue at 8:11 a.m.

The sunrise today as seen on West Broadway Avenue at 8:11 a.m.

This morning (October 28) the interminable rain and cloud cover lifted enough to give shocked Vancouverites a brief glimpse of the naked rising sun for a change.

For maybe half an hour, beginning just before 8 a.m. glorious, unfiltered sunshine painted the unbroken cloud ceiling a vivid yellow and reflected golden off the mirrored curtain walls of highrise towers. The rising sun even imparted a welcome warmth to the cold grey asphalt streets, still damp from overnight rain.

By about 8:30 a.m. though, the sun had risen high enough to be swallowed up by the same dense cloud cover that has dominated the sky over Vancouver all month.

Precipitous talk of record days of rainfall

A wet curb-side gutter yesterday by Cambie Street and 17th Avenue.

A wet curb-side gutter yesterday off Cambie Street and 23rd Avenue.

According to people who keep track of this sort of thing, it’s rained on 24 of the preceding 27 days, which is only two day shy of the all-time Vancouver record of 26 rainy days in an October—set in 1967 and 1985.

Given that it subsequently rained in the early hours of the 28th and that still more rain is forecast for the next three days, it seems a cinch that this month will go down in the record books as being the October with the most days of rain.

As a personal aside, I have to say that as the month has progressed, I have gradually filled with excitement at the thought of breaking this long-standing weather record.

At least I think it’s excitement. Either that or I’m retaining rainwater. Click the images to enlarge them.

From → Fairview, rain

One Comment
  1. Nice pictures, especially the gutter one! For once I am glad it is so dry here in Colorado!

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