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Significant rainfall recorded along southern Alberta foothills

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Finally after weeks of little to no precipitation, parts of southern Alberta saw some much-needed rainfall and a fairly decent amount for some places too.

The Stavely area saw the most with just over 65 mm Tuesday. In the southwest Beaver Mines had 61 mm, Pincher Creek around 53 mm and the Crowsnest Pass had 48 mm.

Claresholm received about 45 mm Monday as well.

Environment Canada says unconfirmed reports from social media suggest the Kananaskis area saw over 110 mm and around 90 mm fell along Highway 3 at the Alberta/BC Border.

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This was the first significant precipitation since May in this region and will no doubt help alleviate the extreme wildfire risk for a while.

Some regions have since dropped their fires bans because of the change in weather. The fire ban which was in place for the Calgary Forest Area is no longer in effect .The MD of Willow Creek has downgraded its ban to a fire restriction and the Crowsnest Pass is now under a fire advisory.

Lethbridge was just on the edge of the heavy rain. We recorded about 20 mm here.

Summary of total rainfall amounts in millimetres: 

Stavely: 65.6 
Pekisko: 60.9 
Azure: 54.5 
Beaver Mines: 61.8 
Pincher Creek: 53.1 
Black Diamond: 51.2 
Priddis: 48.9 
Crowsnest: 48.0 
Keoma: 46.3 
Blackie: 46.0 
Claresholm: 44.8 
Calgary: 42.1 
Mossleigh: 39.9 
Strathmore: 38.9 
Brocket: 40.0 
Springbank: 37.9 
Gleichen: 34.9 
Hussar: 34.8 
Standard: 33.0 
Queenstown: 32.7 
Verger: 31.2 
Champion: 30.4 
Olds: 30.2 
Lathom: 30.1 
Pollockville: 29.8 
Sunnynook: 29.6 
Bassano: 29.3 
Rosemary: 28.9 
Travers: 28.6 
Neir: 26.2 
Iron Springs: 26.9
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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