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Soggy day breaks minor rainfall record in Barrie

Special weather statement remains in effect
Environment Canada says the rain will taper off to light drizzle tonight.

Barrie got a good drenching today and it was even a bit of a record-breaker.

But don't call the Guinness Book just yet.

"We'll break a record for Oct. 28 but it's just like minor leagues compared to the all time wettest October day ever which was October 15, 1954 Hurricane Hazel.  We had 129 millimetres in the Barrie area," said David Phillips, Environment Canada's Senior Climatologist,

The current Barrie record for an Oct. 28 was in1899 with 25 millimetres of rainfall.  

Phillips says between 35 to 45 millimetres of precipitation was expected to fall today.

He adds we've had a lot more rain in one day many times. 

The strong fall storm "behaved on target," according to Phillips.

A special weather statement remains in effect for Barrie.

Tonight the rain will taper off to a light drizzle.

The winds that were the first to arrive will be the last to leave.

At 60 km/hr there is still a chance the wind can cause tree damage. 

We had below normal rainfall so far for October which may have helped diminish flooding.

Phillips says now we'll be over but not by much.

"It's been more of an inconvenience storm.  I think we can be thankful it wasn't snow and that it was actual rain," said Phillips.

And we might even see the sun tomorrow afternoon.

Even better, Phillips says Halloween looks like a "good day."


Sue Sgambati

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