Monday, August 11, 2008

As If We Needed Convincing ...

... "Toronto Wettest in 70 Years." This is the headline for a story in the Toronto Star by staff reporter Sunny Freeman. (N.B.: This is neither a pun, nor a joke, but it does evince a certain ironi-chic).

Frustrated Torontonians are not exactly singing in the rain about the news that officially, this is Toronto's wettest summer on record.


Around 3 p.m. Saturday, the record for June 1-Aug. 31 rainfall – 335.9 millimetres set in 1986 – was broken. But it didn't stop there.

As of midnight on Saturday, 354.2 millimetres of rain had been recorded at Pearson International Airport from June 1 to Aug. 9.

"Every day we get rain we're just going to continue to break the previous record until Aug. 31," (Senior Climatologist for Environment Canada, David) Phillips said.
It gets worse:

It's also already the wettest January-to-August period recorded at Pearson in 70 years, with 705 millimetres of precipitation. The next closest is 679.3millimetres in 1945.


The weather has also been fickle, with bouts of sunshine and rain in the same day. From June 1 to Aug. 10, it has rained on 41 of 71 days, but there have been only four days without sunshine since May.

This video taken by Ian from Toronto on July 23, 2003, and posted to YouTube, pretty much does it.

Take heart, though, Dear Toronto. The one and only place in Canada that's wetter this summer is Quebec City.

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