You can forgive some Kootenay gardeners for despairing at the start of July. After months of a cool, wet, delayed spring, the new month started with – more of the same.
“An upper trough stalled over the west coast for the first ten days of the month, sending showers and thundershowers towards the area, while temperatures for the most part held below seasonal normal,” says Southeast Fire Centre Fire Forecaster Jesse Ellis in a monthly weather summary. With the exception of one short shower, the entire month's rainfall fell during the first ten days, he says.
But that’s where spring ended. Around mid-month, the clouds departed and someone turned the thermostat up.
“A strong upper ridge approached from the west towards the end of the month bringing hot and sunny conditions,” says Ellis. It started to dry out fast too, with the month’s total rainfall ending up about half of normal.
The sudden turn to summer saw three new daily max temperature records either tied or broken: on the 27th (38.4°C, 28th (39.5°C), and 29th (39°C).
Despite the cool beginning, the extended heat wave pushed up the month’s temperature average to about 2.2 degrees above normal.
John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice