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It will be half over in 2 weeks approx. We're not quite halfway yet! Summer ends Sept. 21.

It really is depressing though. I don't know if August will be all that much different from July either...
 

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It will be half over in 2 weeks approx. We're not quite halfway yet! Summer ends Sept. 21.

It really is depressing though. I don't know if August will be all that much different from July either...
By the calender, correct, however June-August (inclusive) is what I consider summer. In early September kids are back to school and adults have taken their summer holidays. The days and evenings start to get cooler in September too, kind of like most of June & July this year....

The weather this summer is playing havoc on many Ontario crops which is also not good (lack of sun & rain). It's looking like some farmers may be in some pretty serious trouble if the weather doesn't turn around very soon.

On a positive note I found Ontario Strawberries at Metro, damn they sure are good!
 

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Just to clear things up (or make them more confusing), the statistical mid-point of summer, or warmest day of the year by average temperature, is around July 23, which means the warmest three month stretch occurs from about June 8 to September 7. So summer is actually half over as of this coming Thursday.

Don't be fooled by "calendar" summer since June 21 is actually about 5 degrees warmer on average than September 21.
 
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As I noted above, I did find Ontario Strawberries....

Cool weather has some feeling the heat
July 18, 2009
Nick Aveling
STAFF REPORTER

It's not your imagination. Summer really has been a bust.

If July were to end today, it would be the coldest in the GTA since 1992. We also had the coldest June since 1993.

Whether that's a good thing depends on whom you ask.

As far as Ontario's farmers are concerned, the answer is obvious. Horticultural crops – mainly berries at this time of year – have been decimated. And other crops aren't faring much better.

"We're two weeks behind season on sweet corn," said Bette Jean Crews, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. "And we still get those early frosts, so (a late summer) doesn't lengthen the season, it just shortens it."

Field crops, including wheat and soy, have also seen lower yields, she said. And it gets worse: "If we continue to get cold, damp weather at harvest, we get mould, and then it's all rejected," she said.

The OFA is lobbying the provincial government for weather insurance. Meanwhile, said Crews, all farmers can do is hope.

But a cool summer is not without benefits. Energy consumption province-wide dropped 10 per cent in June compared with last year. About a third of the drop is attributable to the weather, the rest to a slumping manufacturing sector.

The biggest drop has been during peak afternoon hours, when air conditioner use tends to climb with the temperature.

"If we were to get extreme weather, the (energy demand) peaks could be 20 to 40 per cent higher," said Alexandra Campbell, spokeswoman for Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator.

With fewer, less drastic peaks, she said, the need to use fossil fuels for power is reduced. Instead, the province is able to rely on its baseload source of nuclear energy. Compared with this time last year, Ontario's energy producers are burning 45 per cent less fossil fuels.

And that means less smog.

This time last year, the city had seen eight smog days. In 2005, the smoggiest summer on record, we had 35. The current total for 2009: one.

Another benefit? As the city strike continues, temporary garbage dump sites are not nearly as putrid as they would be in hotter weather.

That luck could soon run out. Environment Canada weather models show a return to seasonal temperatures toward the end of the month.
 

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I love this weather. It's not too hot, and not cold either. I can't stand it when it's over 30 degrees.
 

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Special weather statement
Issued by Environment Canada Ontario region. 7:24 PM EDT Wednesday
22 July 2009.

Special weather statement issued for..
City of Toronto

..Heavy rain overnight and Thursday producing rainfall amounts of 25
To potentially 50 millimetres..

A low pressure system currently over southern Indiana is tracking
slowly northeastwards towards southern Ontario. Localized showers
and thunderstorms are occurring in advance of this system this
evening. However, the main area of heavy rain associated with this
low is forecast to reach areas near Lake Erie after midnight and
Then spread northeastward reaching the Golden Horseshoe Thursday
morning and regions near Georgian Bay Thursday afternoon. By the
time the heavy rain ends most localities will have received amounts
of 20 to 30 millimetres. However embedded within this heavy rain
area there may be a fairly narrow swath of rainfall amounts in the
30 to 50 millimetre range..Although the exact location of this
heavier swath remains uncertain at this time.

Environment Canada continues to monitor the situation and rainfall
warnings may have to be issued tonight as the exact location of the
potential heavy rain swath becomes more certain. The Environment
Canada rainfall warning criteria requires 50 millimetres or more of
rain to fall within a 12 hour period.
 

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Weather summary for all of Southern Ontario and the National Capital
Region issued by Environment Canada Toronto at 4:07 PM EDT Wednesday
22 July 2009.

Updated list of Ontario tornadoes for 2009.
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==weather event discussion==

Continuing investigation into the Lac Seul (south of Ear Falls)
tornado event of July 9th has led Environment Canada to determine
that there were actually two separate tornadoes that evening. The
first one occurred north of Ear Falls and caused a 25 km long swath
of tree damage, from east to west across wenasaga lake about 5-10 km
north of Ear Falls. It is being rated as a fuita scale one (f1) event
with peak winds between 120 and 170 km/h.
The Lac Seul tornado (south of Ear Falls) which was responsible
for three fatalities at a fishing resort actually occurred second,
about one hour later. It is still rated a Fujita scale two event,
with peak winds between 180 and 240 km/h.
With the addition of the first Ear Falls tornado, this brings
the total of tornadoes in Ontario for the 2009 season to 8. There
were 12 tornadoes in Ontario in 2008. Ontario normally gets 11
tornadoes each season. The summer severe weather season usually runs
from late April to early October.
The list below provides a chronologial order of the 8 tornadoes
to date. The Fujita scale runs from f0 (weakest) to f5 (strongest).

Date location event description

April 25th Windsor f0 tornado

April 25th Ottawa f0 tornado

April 25th Guelph f0 tornado

June 25th avon (Elgin county) f2 tornado

June 25th Leamington f1 tornado

July 3rd Verona (30 km north of Kingston) f0 tornado

July 9th wenasaga lake (north of Ear Falls) f1 tornado

July 9th Lac Seul (south of Ear Falls) f2 tornado
 

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Well at least we're finally getting some much needed rainfall.
It's a shame that the next 4 or 5 days look like a wash-out (as usual), especially during Caribana weekend.
 

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My water's metered, so I love it when Mother Nature looks after the garden for me.
 

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This was much needed, and much welcome rainfall last night and this morning. Grass and trees are starting to brown and this will give the roads and sidewalks a very much needed wash down! Now, let's on with some sunshine!
 

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The average daytime high for July is around 27 degrees. We've only seen 27 degrees twice this month. Nuts!

Don't expect much sunshine over the next week. All the forecasts seem to think more cloud and rain.
 

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The skies stayed clear until 15 minutes after the Beach Jazz Festival ended tonight at 11pm, I couldn't believe it. Then down it came huge time, we got soaked waiting for the streetcar but it was worth it.
 

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Hot, hazy, and humid in the summer gets on my nerves (especially if it lasts too long), but cooler and humid like it has been is no fun either.

Some sun would be nice. Please?
 

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