A never-ending spring
It feels like a cool, soggy summer so far, as though spring decided to stick around and push the warm, lazy summer days to the sidelines.
While there’ve been some warm sunny days, it seems the season has been bogged down with cloudy skies and rain. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it is actually mid-July.
Wet and stormy seem to be the legacy of this summer so far. Really, it’s all anyone talks about lately. All the chit chat centres around the summer that’s failed to show up.
This is a city where residents can expect daytime summer temperatures to be well above 20 Celsius, going as high as 30.
This year, though, it appears that a sunny day with daytime temperatures in the low 20s is worth comment. Actually, any amount of sunshine elicits exclamations of how beautiful it is outside.
Instead of sun-drenched patio parties and barbeques, there’s an impression this season is offering up storm after storm. Warnings about funnel clouds in the region were issued a few weeks ago. This past weekend, thunderstorms just didn’t seem to want to let up. After the storm passed and sunshine broke through to create a muggy Saturday, rumbling in the distance could be heard. Sure enough, another line of storm clouds rolled in and produced another lightning display before once again giving way to sunshine. Wash and repeat seemed to be the mantra of the weekend, leaving pockets of the city without electricity. Ottawa, however, fared better than others, where the storm left a trail of damage in Southern Ontario and spawned a tornado in the north.
Despite all the complaints around the water cooler, the belief that the summer has failed to materialize might be just that: perception. A news release from Environment Canada noted, “Summer has returned with seasonably warm temperatures, and also seasonable precipitation amounts. It was a gentle June.”
In fact, June was the driest it’s been since 2007, according to the release, with only 54.4 millimetres of rain falling during the month. That’s a marked contrast to last June, which saw 106.6 mm of rain as opposed to the 85 mm or so Ottawa generally receives.
How July will shape up remains to be seen. According to the Weather Network, from July 112, residents have seen a high of 26.7, a low of 10.7 (both on Friday, July 10, as it turns out) and 67.2 mm of accumulated precipitation. With an average accumulation of 87 mm, Ottawa was more than halfway to its norm before mid-month.
In what will not come as a shock to most, there’s more rain in the forecast for this week – maybe as much as 15 mm on Thursday.
If spring showers bring May flowers, then summer rains are certainly keeping lawns lush and green. Brown, dried patches of grass have not been much of a problem this year. The vegetation is thriving even if people are bemoaning the weather.
While perception has most talking about the miserable, damp summer so far, the good news is that it’s not over. There’s still a good month and a half left. With any luck, those warm, lazy days are coming.