Moose Jaw's 'weather misery' will end soon: climatologist

Justin Crann
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It has been a miserable June in Moose Jaw, according to Environment Canada.

"You've had 22 days with rain in what is generally one of the driest places in the country, over 50 per cent more precipitation than normal … and when you look at the temperature, it has been 2.5 degrees lower than normal," said David Phillips, a senior climatologist with the agency. 

"You've been getting a lot of days with rain, and even if it isn't raining, it has been looking like it will rain. What Saskatchewan is famous for — that summer sunshine — has been missing in action," he added. "It's the definition of weather misery."

Still, he noted, the Friendly City is "better off in some areas."

Regina, for example, has had only 18 rainy days, but has seen more than twice as much actual rainfall.

"They had a month's worth of rain in Regina yesterday, and all I see for Moose Jaw is two millimetres. … They plainly had a monsoon, and you've just had a lot of days with rain, but not in heavy amounts," said Phillips.

Further, 36 communities across the province have declared emergencies due to the heavy storms and ensuing flooding, roads have been washed out and highways have been closed.

Still, said Phillips, there is cause for optimism ahead.

"Glorious weather is about to descend," he explained. "It's turning July. You have some rain — there may even be risk of a thunderstorm — and then it clears, and as far as you can see, there is nothing but sunshine, dry weather and temperatures that will be 28 to 30C."

Of course, with nicer weather comes other risks.

"With all of that warmth coming and all of the water sitting on the surface and waiting to be evaporated, there could be a lot of moisture in the air and that could lead to summer events," said Phillips. "Saskatchewan has more tornadoes than any other province in Canada, and though I'm not forecasting one … it isn't a weather-free zone."

But beyond the potential for serious storms lies potential for serious fun, he added.

"The best of the growing weather and the best of the beer-drinking weather is coming," said Phillips. "What could be better?"

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Regina Friendly Canada

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