July 2012 – Great summer so far

Kelly’s Beach, Kouchibouguac National Park (Dearing photo)

It was really hard to find anything to complain about this July in Greater Moncton.

With plenty of sunshine, consistently warm temperatures and little precipitation, the month was a great start to summer in Southeast New Brunswick.

The only worrisome note was a lack of rainfall which made forests tinder dry and often banned outdoor campfires.

JULY 2012 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton International Airport)

Average HIGH  26.1 C

Average LOW  13.9 C

AVERAGE  20.0 C  (1.4 C above the 30-year-average)

Extreme HIGH  31.6 C (on the 31st)

Extreme LOW  5.0 (on the 1st)

Rainfall  45.5 mm (about 55% below the 30-year-average)

Stats courtesy Wunderground.com

The heat is on!

Thermometer reading in Riverview, NB, 31 July 2012 (TWN)

Greater Moncton experienced its warmest day so far this summer when the temperature climbed to 31.6 C today – just shy of the record of 32.2 C from 1949.

But records were set in at least three other New Brunswick communities.

The hotspot was Kouchibouguac reaching 32.9 C with other new records set in Fredericton at 31.6 C and Bouctouche at 31.3 C.

NB farmers worry about dry weather

A farm in SE New Brunswick (TWN)

A dry spring has led to a dry summer so far this year in New Brunswick.

July is nearly over and less than half of the normal amount of rain has fallen in Greater Moncton.

Meteorologists are not calling it a drought yet but farmers are worried.

A combination of heat and a lack of rain is causing everything from potatoes to grain crops to struggle this summer.

Severe storms strike Manitoba

Ominous clouds over Winnipeg, MB, 29 July 2012 (TWN)

Residents of southern Manitoba are cleaning up today after severe thunderstorms brought hail and strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h.

The storms uprooted many trees which crashed down on cars, boats and homes.

The strong winds flattened a mobile home in the Twin Lakes Beach area on Lake Manitoba.

At least one tornado was reported near Lac du Bonnet.

Beijing battered by heavy rain

Vehicles submerged on a Beijing highway, 22 July 2012 (MCT)

The heaviest rain in 60 years battered the Chinese capital of Beijing on the weekend, overwhelming the city’s drainage system and flooding cars and homes.

State media reports more than 35 people were killed and dozens more still missing.

At least 60,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes.

Officials say more rain fell in one day than what normally falls in six months in Beijing.

Hot as an oven in Ontario

Courtesy The Weather Network, 17 July 2012

Ontario baked in temperatures which rose into the high 30’s Celsius on Tuesday – the hottest weather of the summer to date.

New records were set in a number of cities including Windsor at 37.8 C (which is 100 F!) and Toronto at 36.8 C.

The high heat and humidity prompted Environment Canada to issue a humidex advisory for most of the region and an extreme heat alert was also in place in Toronto.

Edmonton inundated by flash flood

Car stranded on Edmonton freeway, 12 July 2012 (Postmedia)

A number of drivers on an Edmonton freeway had to be rescued in a flash flood during a thunderstorm.

Others abandoned their vehicles and waded out into chest-high water.

No one was hurt when the thunderstorm packing heavy rain, intense lightning and hail struck the Alberta capital city early yesterday.

Residents in many neighbourhoods reported local flooding caused when storm drains couldn’t handle the runoff.

Environment Canada reports more than 70 mm of rain fell in the city on Thursday – almost the amount that falls during the entire month of July.

Ominous clouds over SE New Brunswick

Ominous cloud over Moncton (courtesy TWN/Facebook)

Southeastern New Brunswick was drenched on Saturday as severe thunderstorms moved across the region.

Environment Canada meteorologist Claude Cote says 20 mm of rain fell at the Greater Moncton Airport but areas such as the Magnetic Hill concert site where Nickelback performed may have received double that amount.

“It’s typical of thunderstorm activity… and type of convection.  Within 90 minutes, you can go from some sunny breaks to a good downpour.  So it’s rather typical of July weather in the Maritimes.”

Cote adds some ominous-looking clouds and hail were spotted but there were no reports of tornadoes in the region.

 (courtesy News 91.9 Moncton)