Rain, rain won’t go away

From delays in asphalt repaving to the twice-canceled family movie night, the weather-related disruption to life in Big Canoe was relentless in June.

And don’t even get us started on how many times a downpour repeatedly delayed repairs to the Disharoon Lake drainage system. Some key stages of much-needed work have been postponed for as long as a week and a half.

Sure, we can tell you that we’ve had buckets of rain, but why take our word for it when Big Canoe is blessed with its own weather experts in Joseph Raley and Bill McClatchey?

Measuring the conditions atop Sanderlin Mountain, Bill keeps tabs on the temperature, which in June had an average high of 78.6 degrees, up slightly from 77.4 degrees in the same month in 2020.

However, our resident precipitation guy Joseph, who also monitors from Sanderlin, recorded much more dramatic results: he measured the rainfall for June at 9.8 inches, up from 6.8 inches in that same period in 2020. To put that amount in perspective, the average rainfall for June over the last 32 years has been 5.8 inches.

So, yes – we are getting a lot of rain. And unfortunately, assorted weather services are forecasting more in the coming weeks.

Keep that umbrella handy!

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