A ‘pleasant’ autumn in the forecast for Seaway Valley
One of the wettest summers on record for our region will give way to a fairly normal fall, but with more pleasant days than usual.
That’s what the experts say at The Weather Network, who released a fall forecast on Wednesday.
“From the Great Lakes to the Maritimes, fantastic fall weather is expected to dominate mid- and late- September and continue into October – providing more than the typical warm number of warm sunny days for outdoor activities and enjoying the fall foliage,” meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham said.
Keep in mind that “normal” in the fall means losing one to three degrees from the average temperature each week. So, it’ll keep getting cooler – which is normal.
Overall precipitation patterns will be normal, too, and that’s good news, finally a break from all that active weather we had in spring and summer for the Great Lakes region and into southern Quebec.
More specifically for our area, meteorologist Erin Wenckstern said on Wednesday afternoon the first portion of the fall will see the dry weather, although things should even out later on.
“In late October, when there are hints of winter, there’ll be near normal (overall) values for (fall) precipitation,” Wenckstern said. “The drier portion of the fall will be earlier, and certainly drier than what we saw in the summer.”
In the shorter term, don’t expect any rain in this area from remnants of hurricanes and tropical storms. Remember that soaking, all-day rain of a couple of Sundays ago? Those prolonged showers were remnants of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall a week earlier in Texas.
But it seems unlikely that our area will get a taste of Hurricane Irma (later downgraded to Tropical Storm Irma), even though the latest massive storm in the south made landfall in the U.S. much further east, on the western side of Florida. Irma headed in a north-westerly direction earlier this week, into northern Alabama and western Tennessee, and the Seaway Valley won’t be seeing any showers result from it.
Wenckstern did note clouds in the Toronto area on Wednesday were the outer bands of the former hurricane.
“If anywhere in (southern Ontario) gets scraped by Irma (with some precipitation), it’ll be in the Lake Erie area,” she said.
In fact, the weather outlook for Cornwall and area has what might be the most pleasant stretch this summer of 2017, with no rain in the forecast for at least another week. Sunny skies will prevail, with daytime temperatures warming to as high as 28 C, and with comfortable nights in the mid-teens.
But Eastern Canada could be in the path of a big storm, a weakened Hurricane Jose, which is meandering across the central Atlantic Ocean this week as a Category l hurricane.
Jose is expected to remain between Bermuda and Hispaniola for the next several days, but then eventually move westward late this week, and then more northward this weekend.
Possibilities include direct impacts to Atlantic Canada, New England or the mid-Atlantic. But, Jose could also be swept completely out to sea next week and pose no direct threat to land.
“Hurricane tracks are very difficult to predict,” Wenckstern said. “We’ll get a better idea over the next seven to 10 days, what (Jose) wants to do.” email@example.com twitter.com/FreeholderTodd
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