The Worst Summer Ever in Ontario?

Sharon is of the firm opinion that this has been the worst summer ever. I was curious to find out if that was true so I started to do a little digging on the Environment Canada web site where you can all kinds of interesting stats.

I’m a firm believer that most people can’t remember what the weather was in previous years on average. Everybody can remember the major storms or high temperatures and they remember some of the weather on weekends especially when it rained.

So is Sharon right? Is this the wettest summer on record so far?

Lets look at the average data for the Toronto airport, one of the two main weather stations for Toronto. Data for July is as of July 23 which is the latest data posted on the EC web site.

 

June

July

Aug

Average Rainfall (mm)

74.2

74.4

79.6

2008

110.4

192.2

92.6

2009 to date

70.2

47.2

 

So far we are not even close to 2008 and are actually slightly below the average. What about temperature? BTW – the yearly average temperature in Toronto is 7.5C.

 

June

July

Aug

Avg Daily Temp (C)

17.8

20.8

19.9

2008

19.6

21.5

19.7

2009 to date

17.5

18.3

 

We do seem to be having a colder summer than compared to last year so there might be something to Sharon’s memories.

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One Response to The Worst Summer Ever in Ontario?

  1. Jacques says:

    Did more digging. In June, Toronto received 95% of the normal sunshine. What’s normal sunshine? You can expect 56% of days to have some sun in them or its going to be cloudy 44% of the time during daylight hours.

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