The year's weather in re­view

Cape Bre­ton Weather

The Victoria Standard - - Weather - BILL DANIEL­SON

The year just gone by? It be­gan mild and quiet. (I’m speaking in terms of the weather.) The tem­per­a­ture rose to see five de­grees C, and clouds sprin­kled rain on the heather.

Cape Bre­ton­ers thought, “Oh, I like what we’ve got for the start of two thou­sand, one seven.” May it keep on like this all the way to Christ­mas, nice weather that comes straight from heaven!

Well, the mild weather phase lasted only three days, when the winds, reach­ing one-sixty-two, laid waste and made supine the Grand Étang tur­bine, so ap­pallingly fiercely they blew.

“The first day of spring” is what March claims to bring, but that sure didn’t hap­pen this year. Record winds and deep snow, temps to 20 be­low, made the March weather way too se­vere.

April’s cre­ation: A new weather sta­tion, to clock Bay St. Lawrence’s jets! In less than a week it recorded a peak of a hun­dred and nine, in Les Suétes.

In May it was rain, again, and again: one-fourth of a me­tre came down. But then it turned dry for June and July, and the fair­ways be­gan to turn brown.

Hur­ri­cane sea­son was wild be­yond rea­son, with Harvey, and Irma, then Nate. Cape Bret’ners pre­pared, but our is­land was spared from a trop­i­cal hur­ri­cane’s fate.

Our beau­ti­ful Au­tumn will not be for­got­ten! Its warm, sunny days and its colours brought tourists in le­gions from all sorts of re­gions to rest (and spend lots of their dol­lars).

No­vem­ber’s great gale (on the twenty-third) flailed at our power poles, wires, and trees. We prayed, in de­jec­tion, for quick re­con­nec­tion to phones, In­ter­net and TV’S.

One fi­nal wind storm in De­cem­ber did form, a Christ­mas day present un­wanted, that snuffed out our power for many an hour. But ev­ery­one man­aged un­daunted.

The year’s weather, it’s told, shocked our young, shocked our old: “It’s the worst that we ever have seen.” But we’re weather ro­man­tics: we’re proud of its an­tics; we’re ready for Twenty-eigh­teen!

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