What a difference a month makes.

Heading into September, Vancouver Island was mired in Level 5 drought conditions, which is as severe as it gets.

Fast-forward to today, and that’s improved to Level 1, which means adverse effects are rare, or zero, meaning no impacts at all.

You can thank a wet and stormy start of fall for that, as Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Erven explains:

“So breaking down some of the numbers, Comox saw 132 millimetres of rain, and that’s in comparison to what they’d typically expect, which is about 41.8 millimetres, so that’s triple the amount of normal September rain for Comox.”

Erven says we’re now seeing a pattern where wet weather systems are rolling in every 24 to 48 hours.

That, she added, was a drastic shift from the summer months when many communities saw only 30 to 50 percent of their average precipitation.