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Storm News: Canada
March 13, 2007
Photo: Residents check damage to one of their cars after a Garry oak toppled on their Portage Road property.

The weekend's downpour produced the HIGHEST ONE-DAY RAINFALL TOTAL FOR MARCH IN ALMOST 60 YEARS. The wind was no slouch either, with early-morning gusts yesterday reaching 93 kilometres an hour at the Gonzales weather station. By the time the storm had passed, the capital region had its second-wettest March day ever, with 50.6 millimetres showing Sunday on the official gauge at Victoria International Airport. The only wetter March day was in 1948, when a 54.1 total was recorded on the 21st. "I have no recollection of [the Pineapple Express] occurring in the middle of March before. Usually the window is the end of October through to New Year's or the middle of January. The middle of March is pretty UNUSUAL."

The "Pineapple Express" resulted in RECORD-BREAKING TEMPERATURES in the South Okanagan on Monday. It was a record warm day Monday with a high of 17.7C in Penticton. That broke the previous record for March 12 of 16.1 C set in 2004.
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