Yellowknife's pop-up park in the rain on Monday, August 6, 2018. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio
Holiday Monday was a washout for many in the North Slave as rain, at times torrential, lashed down on Yellowknife and the surrounding area.
Just over eight millimetres of rain fell in Yellowknife on Monday, nowhere near the city’s record for the day but still a significant contribution to what many feel is their wettest summer in memory.
Since the start of June, records kept at the Yellowknife Airport meteorological station suggest the city has received 213.1 millimetres of rain, or 21.3 centimetres (approaching eight and a half inches).
The annual average for Yellowknife over the same time period is between 60 and 70 millimetres – in other words, under a third of the rainfall residents have suffered this summer.
It’s not just the volume of rainfall, either – it’s the consistency with which rain is falling.
This June and July, 30 of the available 61 days featured more than trace amounts of precipitation according to the same Yellowknife Airport data, which is roughly double the usual figure.