Kitimat enters 28th straight year of rainfall warning in effect
It is approaching three decades of Kitimat being under an Environment Canada issued rainfall warning.
Government officials in 1988 decided it wasn’t worth the hassle of constantly adding and removing Kitimat from the list.
“You know, you could be having a heat wave, or be in the midst of a snow storm,” said Gary Hans, retired government meteorologist. “But you know rain was coming back, the next day, week, or month. Whatever, it was happening.”
Kitimat residents appreciate that the constant rainfall warning reduces the amount of surprise when rain happens.
“It’s Kitimat, you think I’m not going to go camping if there’s rain in the forecast?” said Mary Graham. “Of course I am. It’s Kitimat, our town symbol is just a frozen bit of water.”
She said a blue sky warning system would be more appropriate for the community.