This past month was cold and wet for most of Ontario. Overall, July 2014 sets itself apart due to the absence of any heat wave. The mean temperatures for July were, for many locations, colder or very close to those of June. The largest departures from normal values were seen in the Golden Horseshoe, eastern Ontario, northeastern Ontario and North of Superior. This was most pronounced in Wawa and Windsor, where for each it was the third coldest since recordings first began in those locations, back in the 1940s.

The rainfall amounts received this month were above normal values for locations throughout the province, except for North of Superior and parts of northeastern Ontario. In fact, for Moosonee it was the second wettest July on record, with observations beginning at that location in 1932.

Peterborough had 107.2 mm of precipitation, compared to a normal of 66.7 mm. This is a difference of 40.5 mm, making it the wettest July since 2009.

Source: Geoff Coulson Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Environment Canada …. 416-739-4466

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Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.