Summer is officially behind us! Well, at least meteorological summer is.
The summer of 2018 will be one for the record books. I won’t bore you with more numbers that really only confirm what we already know: it was a hot one!
Aside from the heat, it’s been an interesting summer.
If you recall, it got off to a less than desirable start.
June was a mess:
There was a killing frost June 4; it touched all four Atlantic Canadian provinces. Crops were damaged and, in some cases, lost entirely! Then came the devastating floods in New Brunswick; the southwest corner of the province received more than double the normal June rainfall. What about the snow? Yes, it did snow this summer in the Cape Breton Highlands on June 26.
July is notable for its lack of weather and rain. In many parts of soutwest Nova Scotia, there wasn’t enough rain to fill a shot glass in July. There was no lack of heat, even on The Rock. St. John’s, N.L., – not known for its hot summers – saw the mercury climb above 20 C, 25 C at times in July; the average is only 19 C.
And finally, August:
The heat continued across Newfoundland. The daytime high reached 30 degrees on three occasions in Gander. The 30-year average is 0.23 days. August got off to a busy start with some very powerful thunderstorms. On Aug. 7, a tornado was spotted near Perth-Andover, N.B. That very same day a violent storm ripped across Ellershouse and Ardoise in Hants County, N.S., with more than an hour of constant thunder and lightning. Once the storm had passed, residents there were left with a mess. A few days later, another batch of stormy weather dumped hail across the region; lawns on Prince Edward Island where blanketed in white that June afternoon. The same weather system produced golf ball-sized hail in southeast New Brunswick.
Last week, the jet stream poured a plume of smoke into our skies, reminding us of the heart-wrenching wildfires across western Canada.
I guess, all things considered, it wasn’t that bad here after all.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.