Rain records shattered
Windsor’s wet and wild weekend brought almost as much rain in three days as the city would see in an average September.
“It’s been a very, very wet month,” said Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips.
“The other thing that strikes me is that you had the wettest June, and the driest August, and now you’re back into the wet. In one weekend you had more than a September’s worth of rain.”
Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw 106 millimetres of rain fall, while the September average is 96.2 mm.
For the first two weeks of September there has been 130 mm of rain while the norm during that period is 45 mm.
The wet weekend that saw two daily rainfall records shattered Saturday and Sunday came thanks to the one-two punch of tropical storm Lowell and the remnants of hurricane Ike, which danced in tandem across the heart of the continent.
Lowell, a Pacific storm that originated off the western coast of Mexico, provided the bulk of the rain, with 9.8 mm falling Friday, followed by another 75.2 mm on Saturday, breaking the record of 39.1 mm set on Sept. 13 in 1979.
“You had 20 hours of straight rain and it was like a weather system that was waiting for Ike to arrive, because it didn’t move,” said Phillips.
“It was a funnel system that just stalled over the Great Lakes.”
Ike arrived at around 4 p.m. Sunday and piled on another 20.8 mm of rain, nudging out the previous record of 20.4 mm for a Sept. 14, set in 1990.
Ike also packed sustained winds that got up to 65 km/h at around 7 p.m., causing many homes to fall victim to leaky roofs. “Roofers have had a good year,” said Phillips. “Thank God there was a dry August.” The wettest September on record was in 1981 when 246 millimetres of rain drenched the city.
The next five days should allow things to dry out as the forecast is for predominantly dry and sunny weather, with no precipitation.
“The next five days look gorgeous,” said Phillips.
The forecast into mid-October is for a drier period with warmer than normal temperatures.