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Rain rain won’t go away, it’ll be here every day!

November 16, 2016
Cars making waves on Birch Street just after 5 p.m.

A car makes waves on Birch Street just after 5 p.m.

Wow! November 16th has sure been been one heck of a wet day here in Vancouver, B.C.

I don’t want to get needlessly biblical about it but I do feel like one of the unicorns that missed the boat, if you get my drift.

Since the rain resumed late this morning (after a short break overnight), it hasn’t been continuous but it has been fairly steady, increasing periodically to downright torrential.

When the rain has slacked off, it’s done so just long enough to give us all a false sense of hope.

The calm before and/or after the storm

Light rain at 12th and Yukon,at at 4:16 p.m.,southern City Hall clock time (4:12 p.m. eastern CHC time)

Light rain at 12th and Yukon at 4:16 p.m., southern City Hall Clock time (4:12 p.m. eastern CHC time).

It isn’t raining right now as I’m writing this but, if precedent is any guide, I expect it to start again any second now.

Each time today that we thought we had weathered the storm and that the worst was over, back it came, as if to laughingly say: “Ha! There’s more where that came from!”

And that’s true, in fact. This time of year there’s always more rain coming.

Getting pretty wet again by 4:20 p.m. at 12th and Cambie.

Getting pretty wet again by 4:20 p.m. at 12th and Cambie.

You could say that autumn in Vancouver (and most of winter and much of spring for that matter) can be a very “tense” time, where rain is concerned. This is to say that for the next several months rain will fairly be a constant in our forecast, with the only thing changing being the tense, as in:

“It was raining”, it is raining,” “it will be raining”.

That’s actually how it’s supposed to be here. It’s just that our summers have gotten so dry as to make us forget that we live in a rainforest climate.

But we certainly remember come fall.

Another week of this and we’ll all have our water wings back. Click the images to enlarge them.

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