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West Van records highest rainfall totals in Metro Vancouver this week

A drenching 110 millimetres of rain soaked the North Shore this week - twice as much as recorded at Vancouver airport
West Vancouver was the wettest place in Metro Vancouver during this week's storm. | Mike Wakefield / North Shore News

When it rains, it pours.

The North Shore set weather records this week as the wettest place in the Lower Mainland during the rainstorm that hit the south coast Tuesday and Wednesday.

A weather station in West Vancouver, part way up Cypress Bowl Road, recorded 110 millimetres of rain between early Tuesday morning and 11 a.m. Thursday.

That’s twice as much rain as fell at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond.

Further up the Sea-to-Sky corridor, Squamish was also drenched with 106 mm of rain.

The only place wetter this week was across Howe Sound in Port Mellon on the Sunshine Coast, where a soggy 148 mm of rain fell.

The most extreme rainfall was recorded on the west coast of Vancouver Island where Effingham Point off Barkley Sound was drenched with 276.4 mm of rain, Kennedy Lake sputtered under 267 mm and Tofino Airport was doused with 206 mm.

The atmospheric river was a remnant of moisture from Typhoon Bolaven in the Pacific, said Derek Lee, meteorologist with Environment Canada. Things should dry out over the weekend before moving back into a more active storm pattern next week, he said.

For detailed weather forecass on the North Shore, check out Weatherhood on the North Shore News.

It’s too early for much impact of an El Nino year to be felt on the West Coast. Usually, that means warmer winter and spring temperatures. So far, however, indications are that November could be both warmer and wetter on the south coast, said Lee.

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