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Record-setting rain soaks western Manitoba

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A record-setting October rain storm left fields sodden across Westman on Friday, lashing the few crops that remain unharvested with high winds, thunder and lightning.

A total of 43.4 mm of rain fell in Brandon — smashing an 83-year-old record for the day. It was the third-highest rainfall ever recorded in the city during October.

And Brandon wasn't the wettest. A Colorado low that moved up from the Dakotas through the region hit hardest in the areas west of the city. Environment Canada says that most areas got between 30–50 mm, with some isolated reports of 60–70 mm.

The rain tapered off Saturday morning, and a rainfall warning for the region was lifted at about 4 a.m. In the storm's wake will be generally cool and breezy conditions.

According to Manitoba's Ag-Weather stations, Deloraine was drenched by a total of 70.2 mm yesterday — that's 2-3/4 inches. Other very wet communities included Hamiota, which received 60.1 mm of rain, and Souris, which received 57.0 mm of rain.

See map here.

 

At least eight Westman communities set official rainfall records Friday:

Brandon: 43.4 mm — previous record was 26.7 mm, in 1930

Carberry: 30.8 mm — previous record was 16.8 mm, in 1998

Dauphin: 27.2 mm — previous record was 1.3 mm, in 2011

Melita: 34.8 mm — previous record was 27.0 mm, in 1998

McCreary: 36.8 mm — previous record was 28.0 mm, in 1998

Roblin: 35.8 mm — previous record was 16.4 mm, set in 1998

Swan River: 44.7 mm — previous record was 30.0 mm, set in 1998

Wasagaming: 40.7 mm — previous record was 19.6, set in 1998

In areas without official Environment Canada monitoring posts, the provincial agriculture department's automated weather stations recorded the following rainfall Friday in Westman:

Birtle: 38.2 mm

Boissevain: 44.2 mm (plus another 6.4 mm Saturday morning)

Deloraine: 70.2 mm

Ethelbert: 42.2 mm

Forrest: 40.2 mm

Glenboro: 24.2 mm (plus another 11.2 mm Saturday morning)

Grandview: 6.1 mm

Hamiota: 60.1 mm

Killarney: 32.0 mm (plus another 5.5 mm Saturday morning)

Melita South: 41.4 mm

Minnedosa: 48.0 mm

Pierson: 44.2 mm

Reston: 42.6 mm

Russell: 44.8 mm

Souris: 57.0 mm

Ste. Rose: 22.6 mm (plus another 6.7 mm Saturday morning)

Virden: 47.8 mm

Wawanesa: 37.3 mm (plus another 11.2 mm Saturday morning)

-- Brandon Sun

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Updated on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM CDT: Added map link.

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