Victoria breaks rainfall record for November

Residents say mild weather makes toughing out the rain worthwhile

Victoria recently set a new record – but it might not be one to throw a parade for.

Rain was the forecast of choice for 28 days of November in the Greater Victoria region, according to Environment Canada.

In fact, records show Victorians were forced to grab their umbrellas and gumboots more days of last month than those living in Vancouver – known more famously this time of year as “Raincouver.”

And while the 194 millimetres of rain fall in the region was nowhere compared to the record 352 millimetres that puddled in 2006, the rest of the province saw one of its wettest November’s in recent history.

In Saanich, 192 millimetres of rain fell last month. Campbell River residents saw 270 millimetres, while Comox received 290 millimetres of rainfall.

So how are residents dealing with the rain?

Victoria couple Jens and Francesca Hennings said they weren’t surprised the amount of rain last month was record-breaking.

“Just when you think you can’t take it anymore you have a sunny day, and it’s such a beautiful city that you say, yah okay, I can live with it,” Jens said.

But the couple, who moved to the Island from Montreal 10 years ago, said they will take the rain over the cold and snow any day.

“For a long time, I kept saying we’ve got to go back to Quebec and get the sunshine, [and] I’ll deal with the cold, but not anymore:I’m over it.” Francesca said.

“You don’t have to shovel rain,” Jens laughed. “You don’t need to scrape rain off the windshield.”

Mike Cook, who works downtown, said he was tired of the constant rain.

“Its depressing, and makes your muscles sore, especially this time of year when you want to hibernate,” he said, “But I love the sound of it at night.”

However, Cook said he moved here for the mild weather, preferable to cold, Toronto winters.

“We actually live in paradise,” he said.

lauren.boothby@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich man arrested in cross-border drug smuggling operation

William Milton Barnes of Greater Victoria faces multiple charges following six-month investigation

Saanich Police salute local officer killed in the line of duty

Const. Robert Kirby the only Saanich officer to be killed on duty

North Saanich targets recreational pot on ALR land

District adds voice to municipalities calling for production to stay off ALR land

Victoria Police are looking for John Buchanan

Buchanan is wanted on BC-wide warrants

Unearthed music compositions written by Dunsmuir heiress

Music discovered in England by Craigdarroch curator to be played this Saturday at GVPL event

VIDEO: B.C. man recognized for spinning basketball on toothbrush

Abbotsford man holds world record for longest duration of time of 60.5 seconds

Sights of Saanich bring smiles to Japanese delegation

A small leap highlighted the short but potentially historic visit of a… Continue reading

Political heavyweights hit Washington in hunt for NAFTA deal

Officials from Prime Minister’s office, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland part of talks

Greenbelt Microgreens recall in B.C., Alberta, due to Listeria concerns

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says there have been no illnesses linked to the microgreens

Commit to harassment-free environment or forego federal arts funding: Joly

$552,000 coming from feds for training so arts organizations build, maintain respectful workplaces

Aquilini-linked ranch fined $70,000 for storing cranes on farmland

Pitt Meadows council supporting application to Agricultural Land Commission

Minister calls out misogyny, but PM says too soon to talk motive in van attack

Alek Minassian is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder

Decorated Canadian pairs skaters Duhamel and Radford officially retire

The Ontario duo took bronze in pairs at the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea

Most Read