June frost not a first

Cape Breton Post - - WEATHER -

It’s been quite a week in the Weather Cen­tre and in the gar­dens and fields across At­lantic Canada: Two killing frosts were fol­lowed by a few near-record warm af­ter­noons, and then thun­der­storms. Let’s get back to the frost. When was the last time we had frost so late in June? Well, you don’t have to think back very far; it was last year!

It was June 16, that was the Friday morn­ing head­ing into the Fa­ther’s Day week­end.

Just af­ter sun­rise the tem­per­a­ture dipped to a record -1.7 C in Col­legeville, N.S. (25 km SW of Antigo­nish). North East Mar­ga­ree on Cape Bre­ton Is­land came in a close sec­ond with a morn­ing read­ing of -1.4. Over on Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the of­fi­cial read­ing in Dover was -0.5; that same tem­per­a­ture was recorded in Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick. For a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day, it was a frosty morn­ing in Up­per Stewiacke, N.S. with a sun­rise tem­per­a­ture of -0.1 It was also quite chilly in New­found­land and Labrador the morn­ing of the 16th. The mer­cury dipped to -1.1 in Labrador City. I wasn’t able to find any re­ports of frost on the Is­land, but it was very cool with an overnight low of only 2 in St. John’s, N.L. So while this year’s frost was later than nor­mal and dev­as­tat­ing for many, it’s not as un­usual as we might like to think.

Heart-wrench­ing! Matt Comp­ton’s straw­berry field was hard hit by an early morn­ing frost June 3 in Sum­mer­side, P.E.I.

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