A ‘pleas­ant’ au­tumn in the fore­cast for Sea­way Val­ley

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - TODD HAMBLETON

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.” tham­ble­ton@postmedia.com twitter.com/Free­hold­erTodd

TODD HAMBLETON/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Corn­wall's Don­ald Lan­dri­ault was hav­ing a re­lax­ing time on a beaut­ful Mon­day af­ter­noon, fish­ing at Corn­wall Har­bour. Lan­dri­ault had caught a small­mouh bass, perch and was look­ing to hook a pick­erel.

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