After the wettest July in 90 years for the Calgary area, people are hoping August might be a saving grace, unfortunately that does not look like it's the case.

Long term climate records show July 2016 was the second wettest ever recorded, receiving 206 mm of rain, the most precipitation behind that was July 1927, with 245 mm of rain.

Kirk Torneby, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, says we can expect similar weather for the first part of August.

"Looking into the ten days or so, it looks much the same for the early part of August." he says. "Looking at what has happened so far, and even at the short term predictions for now it looks much the same."

Thunderstorms and late afternoon showers are driven by what local conditions are right where you are, including dew point, humidity, and even crops.

Torneby explains a cause for the repeated precipitation and thunderstorms in our area is due to the basic water cycle of evaporation and condensation.

"These kind of things get into a bit of a feedback loop, so you get a big rainstorm, let's say an upper low where it rained for a weekend, and standing water develops, thunderstorms will then develop the next day. It gets into a loop, until something big comes in to sweep it out, and then you can reset yourself."

He explains a big upper ridge would be needed to reset our local weather pattern, unfortunately there have been very few this summer.

"Those big upper ridges, those big broad ridges means dry conditions, warm, and hot for one or two weeks at a time. These upper ridge conditions really have not set up so far this summer to be honest with you."

In the City of Calgary, during July 2016 there were 19 days that reported a thunderstorm, the 30 year average for the month is 8 days.

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