Slow and steady won the race

Truro Daily News - - WEATHER -

Sum­mer is of­fi­cially be­hind us. Well, at least me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal sum­mer is; as­tro­nom­i­cal sum­mer ends be­fore sun­rise on the morn­ing of Sept. 23 this year. June:

The sum­mer of 2019 got off to a very slow start, with lots of cloud cover, lots of rain and not much heat. Across the board, June was cooler and wet­ter than nor­mal. Both Syd­ney and Halifax recorded 166 mm of rain – al­most dou­ble the nor­mal rain­fall for June. July:

Sum­mer started to come around by the mid­dle of July. A warm sec­ond half of the month made up for a cool start, at least in some places. Av­er­age tem­per­a­tures were above nor­mal across New Brunswick, main­land Nova Sco­tia and western Labrador but be­low for Prince Ed­ward Is­land, Cape Bre­ton and New­found­land.

Why? A con­trol­ling low over the Labrador Sea pushed cool air across the ice­berg-dot­ted wa­ters on­shore; a raw east wind pre­vailed for three weeks. Then came Au­gust…:

Grandma Says: if the first week in Au­gust is un­usu­ally warm, the com­ing win­ter will be snowy and long… Oh boy! It sure was a scorcher, ev­ery­where, in­clud­ing New­found­land. Dur­ing the month of Au­gust, day­time highs reached 30 de­grees, three times in Gan­der. The 30year av­er­age is 0.23 days.

I don’t want to bog you down with num­bers, but I thought the rain­fall to­tals were quite in­ter­est­ing.

And fi­nally, another lit­tle gem from Grandma. She used to say, “For ev­ery fog in Au­gust, there would be a snow­fall in the win­ter.”

I didn’t count them, did you?

Cindy Day is Saltwire Net­work’s Chief Me­te­o­rol­o­gist.

Rem­nants of post-trop­i­cal Erin dumped more than a month’s worth of rain in some parts of our re­gion last Thurs­day. Michael Lewis found more than 4 inches or a lit­tle more than 100 mm of rain in his rain gauge. Michael lives about 300 me­tres south of the An­napo­lis River in Mid­dle­ton, N.S.

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