The last week was wet with 2 inches of rain, reports weatherman Peter Finlayson, bringing the monthly total to 3.6 inches.
This is more than normal for July with one week to go. It probably seems like a lot more moisture given the daily deluge of showers and thunderstorms. Heat units for the week were 183, which running at about 1 HU a day is less than normal; but with the hot weather forecast for the coming week, July should bring the number back up to average. The total number of heat units since May 9th are now 1680. Otherwise the crops are looking good, lush and green, and some farmers are into 3rd cut hay already. The blueberries this year are huge and the sweet corn on the market is full, getting fuller and sweeter by the day.
Weatherman Peter Finlayson reports things to be pretty normal for this time of year.
Rainfall for the month so far has been 41 mm, or an inch and a half - remember, some farming areas in Alberta have only had that much rain since the start of planting season. The average temperature is down by 1.5°C but with the second half of July still to come it's likely to get warmer. Heat units for July have been 431, bringing the total to 1,495 since May 9th, which is beginning to inch up above normal for the region - also evidenced by the appearance of sweet corn in the road-side stands and stalls at farmers markets.
Ormstown weatherman Peter Finlayson reports a quiet week with only 9.8 mm of rain...
which is quite dry, and of course some much warmer (finally!) temperatures. The first 11 days of July added 262 heat units which are shown by the corn jumping up in height and looking a very lush green.
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According to Ormstown weatherman, Peter Finlayson, a total of 116 mm (or 4.6 inches) of precipitation fell during 21 days of June’s 30.
The average temperature of the month was 17.4°C, which is about two degrees colder than last year’s monthly average temperature of 19.3°C, and colder still compared with the 10-year average of 19.0°C. This past June was the ninth coldest June for Ormstown in the last 50 years, which proves this year to be more of a see-saw year in temperatures. For example, February of this year was the coldest February in the last 50 years, March was the 11th coldest March in the last 50 years, but May was the 2nd warmest May in that same time frame. Heat units for June counted 620, which may seem low especially in comparison to last year’s 689 heat units and the normal 686 heat units. But the accumulation of heat units since May 9 is still normal at 1064 units. There is a slight variation of corn in the field, with most crops being above waist or shoulder height, which is way above knee-high by the first of July.
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