Wet, mild start to 2011 in Chilliwack

eekend rainfall in Chilliwack was heavy, but beat no records.

Weekend rainfall in Chilliwack was heavy, but beat no records.

However, the mildest January 16th on record was posted as the temperatures soared to 12.8 degrees Celsius or 9.2 degrees above normal. The previous record high for the day – 12.2 degrees – was set in 1974. The low for the day was a record, however – a balmy 8.1 degrees, compared to the “normal” below-zero temperatures.

January is also turning out to be a soggy month in Chilliwack.

A total 74.5 mm of rain fell in Chilliwack over a 48-hour period this weekend, bringing the total for the month to 280 mm.

The average is 263.7 mm for the month.

City officials said public works crews were “certainly busy” over the weekend, but no “significant” flooding was reported and only the “odd plugged culvert.”

While the rain seemed unending, it was actually coming in waves, which gave the city’s drainage system a chance to clear before the next onslaught of winter rain.