According to statistical data found on the Government of Canada’s climate website, Moose Jaw was shrouded by rain in June.
Unless you did not leave your home over the past month, you were likely forced to don a hooded jacket, hat, or umbrella to keep yourself dry.
With one day left in June, 89.7 mm of precipitation had fallen on the Friendly City. That number climbed above 90 mm after the rain that fell on Monday, which is well above the 30-year average of 58.8 mm.
This month, it rained more often than it didn’t, with rainfall hitting Moose Jaw and area on all but eight days. We typically see rainfall on only 12 or 13 days each June.
Although June has been exceptionally moist, when including April and May, Moose Jaw has seen 238 mm of precipitation — nearly double the average of 124 mm.
While rain has been obvious driving on the streets and walking on sidewalks, so too was the wind. Despite summer’s official arrival, high wind speeds were not absent. Only five of the first 29 days of June saw a maximum wind gust below 31 km/h — 15 of those days gusts in excess of 50 km/h were recorded.
So, in addition to warding off the rain with umbrellas, hooded jackets and headwear, Moose Javians and our tourists were forced to make sure those items did not blow away in the wind.
Although high wind speeds and above average rainfall amounts are not necessarily associated with cooler temperatures, June in Moose Jaw was far below average.
Our average daytime temperature in June is 23.9 C. This June, however, we only saw temperatures reach that mark on three occasions, and only once did our daytime high peak above 25 C — that occurred on June 9 when we reached 25.8 C.
While less wind and rain and warmer summer temperatures — like those we saw the last 10 days of May — are hopefully coming our way, we should feel fortunate that we are not under a state of emergency like the 36 communities in the eastern half of Saskatchewan after torrential downpours last weekend.
It might seem like it has rained a lot in Moose Jaw, and it has, but not enough to completely disrupt our lives.
All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.