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2017 Continuing to Be the Year of the Big Wet for Canadians

By on July 20, 2017 in General, Science

If you are of a certain age, you may find yourself conferring with similarly decrepit friends about the state of the weather these days. Chances are, you have found yourself saying something along the lines of, “I don’t remember there being such extremes in weather when I was a kid!”

Climate change has definitely made the weather more unpredictable and, at times, downright fiercer. The last couple summers in Ontario probably left you parched: brown lawns were the norm on every block. By sharp contrast, this year has seen a tremendous amount of rain in the province. That means everything is lovely and green, but you had better keep an umbrella with you at all times. I can’t recall a season where things have alternated so rapidly between sunny and rainy. Meanwhile, our friends on the west coast in British Columbia continue to suffer through a prolonged season of disastrous fires that are claiming homes by the dozens.

Dubbed by Environment Canada as the “Year of the Big Wet,” 2017 has certainly been a soggy one. Between April 1st and July 11th, rain fell on 71 of those 102 days, which seems more like a forecast for a Brazilian rain forest than the Great White North.

This can’t be a good summer to be a hiker or a drive-in owner as there have been few totally sunny days; it seems like rain always makes an appearance at some point. So, how have you been dealing with all of this extra moisture? I’m tempted to say that you should go jump in the lake (don’t take that personally), but it’s not safe to swim in the rain. Have you been staying inside more? Or are you one of those people who not only don’t mind getting wet, but actually rather enjoy it? Tell us in the comments!