Saturday, June 23, 2012

Water, Water, Everywhere

June-uary continues almost unabated. We did have two lovely, hot days this past Thursday and Friday, but we are back to the same old today. Here's the Environment Canada forecast for the next five days. It looks like we are setting a trend. We will only be allowed summer every Thursday and Friday. Just to change things up from the usual, today's forecast even includes a severe storm warning.


Today

Showers
  • 19°C
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Sun

Chance of showers
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • 40%

Mon

A mix of sun and cloud
  • 23°C
  • 10°C
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Tue

Rain
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
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Wed

Cloudy
  • 21°C
  • 11°C
  •  

Thu

A mix of sun and cloud
  • 27°C
  • 14°C
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Fri

Sunny
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
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Issued : 11:00 AM PDT Saturday 23 June 2012
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect
Rainfall warning in effect.


Kamloops is where the North and South Thompson Rivers meet. This is the time of the year when the snow is melting off the surrounding mountains and the Thompson River is at its highest. Because the weather has been unseasonably cold, the snowpack has been slower to melt than usual. Then we had rain. And some more rain. And then it rained again. Throw in a couple of warm days (remember, there is still snow melting in the mountains, which eventually ends up in the river) and then some more rain. This is the result.

Clockwise from top left: Alexandra looking at the beach, now completely covered in water; the river is just a bit below the train bridge; the riverfront path is covered in water; you can see the snag just behind me - just one of the things that make the river so dangerous right now
This is the parking lot for the park, partially covered in water

In the large picture you can see the flood marker in the distance; the inset shows the lines on it from previous flood years - the 1999 line is barely above the water level so I am sure it will be surpassed

Here's the view from the back of our house. The inset is the past couple of weeks of my Sky Scarf, just to prove I'm not exaggerating about how bad it has been.


Even the dogs look depressed.




There's no choice other than to grin and bear it. Maybe summer will come next month. This seems like an appropriate time for this quote from one of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries:

"Hell hath no torment worse than Constant Forced Cheerfulness."

21 comments:

  1. Wow Crazy. Hard to imagine because it's been so hot and muggy here.

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  2. It's been the same here -- gray, rainy, thunderstormy, all marred by the occasional sunny day. Bizarre. winter was too warm with no snow, spring was too cold with no sun or dry days. It's all goofed up. But at least we don't have the river troubles you do. Yikes.

    And your inset of the scarf to prove you're not exaggerating CRACKED ME UP. That was just hilarious.

    And poor little Fergus. When he's blue, you know times are hard. :)

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    1. That's the thing I like about my Sky Scarf. It validates my whining. :-)

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  3. If it makes you feel any better, you're warmer than us. So that's something.

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    1. Thanks. That does make me feel somewhat better. But not enough to stop complaining about the weather!

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    1. Yes, I have been getting daily weather reports for the Spokane area from my mom and it doesn't sound any better down there!

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  5. I'll trade weather with you, Kristie! Well, not really, although we could use some rain here in Michigan, that's for sure. My mom in Ohio is complaining that their grass is turning brown already. Mother Nature is certainly fickle, isn't she?

    I had forgotten about your Sky Scarf -- what a great way to illustrate your point about the weather! ~Kim

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    1. It's too bad we couldn't balance out the two places! If it has been dry in Michigan does that mean the humidity has been lower than usual?

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  6. Yikes! Hopefully every day will soon be Thursday and Friday. We hit 38 last week and have been down and up and down and...since then. I think there was a bad flood in our area in 1972--Hurricane Agnes.

    I may have more non-uplifting news. I think the tea specialty at Flo Tea Room is bubble tea. Hopefully they have English tea as well. =)

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    1. That's actually great news about the Flo Tea Room! I like bubble tea, and it isn't something I have very often. It will be a very nice treat to have next time I am in Vancouver. :-)

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  7. Its very beautiful here on the Island...hardly rained at all...guess I am in the right place! Linda McG.

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    1. Enjoy the nice weather while you are there. When do you return to Kamloops?

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  8. eek, I hope it stops raining and flooding soon! And well some sun would be nice too!

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    1. I just checked this morning and the forecast has been upgraded. I think we might get several days of sunshine this week, including today! :-)

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  9. I always think of rain as Good Knitting Weather, as long as you're not in danger of being flooded of course...I'd far rather have cool and wet than the mid-30's we had here in Ontario last week. Of course, what would we Canadians have to talk about if we all had a perfect climate??

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    1. We are in no danger of being flooded - we live high up on a bluff. You are right, the one positive thing is it is definitely good knitting weather. I would swap for your mid-30s in a heartbeat. I love it when it gets in the 30s, but we don't have the humidity that you do, which makes a big difference.

      If they scratched the weather off our Canadian conversation list there would still be hockey to talk about!

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  10. The colors of the scarf are just sooo gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, but I think it would be even prettier if there was a bit more blue and quite a bit less grey! :-)

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  11. It is ridiculously wet here and not much sign of a let up. And it's really cool for June, the warmest day recently was 22 degrees, and most have been under 20. Maybe we're all going to get a killing heatwave in August! Eek!!

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