Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Record low levels in many Interior rivers

The BC Ministry of Environment's River Forecast Centre reports record (50-100 years) lows for many BC Interior rivers. These include:
  • most gauged rivers in the Peace
  • Fraser River at Hope
  • Fraser River at Prince George
  • Thompson River at Spences Bridge
  • North Thompson River at McLure
  • Coldwater River
  • Eagle River (at Malakwa)
  • Salmon River (at Salmon Arm)
  • Quesnel River
  • Bella Coola River
  • Saloomt River (at Hagensborg)
  • Tulameen River
Most of the BC interior is approaching freeze-up, with night-time temperatures now falling to below freezing at many of our snow pillow sites. If significant rainfall does not occur in the next three-to-four weeks, precipitation may occur as snow and rivers will remain at their low levels for the duration of the winter.

The Pacific Northwest is currently experiencing mild El Nino conditions, with a resultant tendency for warmer than normal and drier than normal conditions for the autumn and winter.
The Fraser River running through the central Cariboo
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