photo: Lisa Ovens
Just a heads up to 2010 Olympic travellers new to Vancouver: when it rains here, it really freakin' rains here! This part of Canada is a rain forest, so be prepared for possible soggy days in February.
Have a look at this weather report for tonight as I write this post...
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 20 TO 50 MM EXPECTED BY TUESDAY MORNING. THIS IS A WARNING THAT SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS.
A SLOW MOVING PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM OVER THE SOUTH COAST OF BRITISH COLUMBIA WILL CONTINUE TO BRING RAIN AT TIMES HEAVY OVER THE AREA TONIGHT. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 20 TO 50 MM CAN BE EXPECTED BY TUESDAY MORNING WITH HIGHEST AMOUNTS OVER HOWE SOUND AND NEAR THE NORTHSHORE MOUNTAINS. MEANWHILE, STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS UP TO 70 KM/H WILL DEVELOP LATER THIS EVENING. THE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO EASE TUESDAY MORNING AS THE FRONT MOVES INLAND.
That's nothing: by Monday morning (yesterday) up to 100 mm of rain, rained down on us! That's almost four inches. I'm not wearing my four inch heels in this weather; they'll be ruined!!!
My choice of boots (actually the only choice I have since the freakish piles of snow and cold weather that stunned us last Christmas destroyed my other boots) are weather proof, leather Hush Puppies with chunky rubber souls. I'm rotating three umbrellas, only wearing jackets with hoods and using one of my more popular phrases... "Okay, I gotta run: its not raining at this moment." (I do love those mini breaks from the down pour.)
So Oly travellers, that's your Vancouver "RAIN WARNING".
Pack extra socks, think about gum boots, and plan on losing a few umbrellas during your sporty vacation.
Should rain be a factor during your 2010 visit, batton down the hatches and just start singing :o)
Fun "Kidorable" umbrella's from The Umbrella Shop in Vancouver (since 1935). Three locations and all of them are handy to Olympic hot spot areas: downtown, Granville Island and West Broadway. Lots to see at the Umbrella shops website. Click here and let the rain inspire you