Drought along Canada's west coast has begun to cause problems for some residents of British Columbia.
Rivers have shrunk, shriveled by record low rainfall, the Vancouver Sun website said.
On both sides of the international borders, the dearth of rainfall in the Pacific Northwest has left residents eagerly awaiting the first fall storms.
One example of the stress put on people and property, owing to drought, was that of the Cowichan River watershed on Vancouver Island, according to the Sun.
The Cowichan River is a risk of running "bone dry" if soaking rains do not begin soon, the Sun said.
The flow of the Cowichan River is vital to water-dependent industry as well as area salmon runs. Low flow could adversely affect an area paper mill, hamper migrating salmon and even hit local water supplies, the Sun indicated.
Summer is normally a time of low rainfall, and stream flow typically lowers, recovering with the onset of fall storms.
This year, almost no rain has fallen since late July in the southwest of British Columbia.
At Victoria, rainfall since the 24th of July has been only 0.16 of an inch, or a mere 5 percent of the normal amount, data available to AccuWeather.com.
Data from the Environment Canada website gave much the same indication for Nanaimo, where rainfall beginning late July has been only 0.27 of an inch.
On the mainland, Vancouver has had only 0.31 of an inch, or 6 percent of its normal rainfall, for the same time interval.
Furthermore, the lack of rain has coincided with above-normal temperatures, the likely result of which is above-normal rates of evaporation.
Going forward, a change in weather patterns over the region could lead to onset of wetting rain.
High pressure that has shunted Pacific storms north to Alaska, fostering dry weather in the Northwest, will break down late in the week, Pacific giving storms an opening into British Columbia.
In the meantime, southern British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest as a whole will have to face at least another several days of no rain and above-normal temperatures.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!
North of the expected Monsoon low, moist, rain-cooled air should flow northward to the Himalayas, even westward into the Indus Valley of Pakistan, the result being scattered downpours along with a break in the pre-Monsoon heat next week.
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, the South West Monsoon was set to leap northward on the Indian Subcontinent by the middle of the month.
According to preliminary data not including the last three days of May, it was the coldest spring since 1962 and the fifth coldest since 1910, when comprehensive record keeping began in the U.K.