We are happy to boast 300 days of sunshine in the year, but we have little precipitation (only 400mm/yr), except in the spring. For much of the year we have quite comfortable temperatures, not much humidity (at all) and good visibility. We do have large day-night temperature variations and abrupt weather changes: I can remember a drop of 30 degrees one afternoon, it was our first December here. But that same month we had picnic in the yard, and used a bucket of water for Olivia’s brother to splash around in!
Occasionally we experience extreme cold, but the average temperature in January is -2*C. We get most of our snow in late winter – and in 2003 we had a lovely blizzard over Spring Break which added two more days with no school! Snow usually melts pretty fast here though. We can get chinook, or “snow-eater winds”, which help remove those snow piles, though not so well in the shade, regardless! Some times we can have snow early, in September, and as late as May – even June!
July is our warmest month, with an avg. of 22*C, though I feel like August has some of the hottest days – like last year’s streak of temperatures above 32*C – and it DID NOT cool off at night, usually our saving grace!
One thing we’ve gotten used to here is that a light wind blows most of the time, but occasional major windstorms especially winter and spring, can drive us a bit crazy – especially when the gusts wake us during the night.
Thunder is common from late April into mid September, and often we get intense afternoon or evening thunderstorms – we like to sit out on the porch bench with a blanket to watch them! Hail is very common, but threats of tornadoes rarely materialize in the city. The closest I remember was when Olivia was in 7th grade and one hit a small farming community just south east of town.
WIX (Wednesday Idiom Exchange): There’s hail, the ice pellets larger that 5mm in diameter, a word that originates from the German Hagel. And there’s hail: originating form the old English word wassail, meaning a salute or greeting, or the act of greeting. We also say a person hails from a place: I hail from New York, originally!