Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday morning's significant rain event

We woke up to a significant rain event Friday morning with 35.4 mm coming down between 7:45 am and 8:15 am. This translates to a 1 in 10 year precipitation event.

Although that was definitely the peak of the event, between 7 and 9 am we got around 50 mm.

One factor that probably intensified the runoff was that we had received about 10 mm of rain overnight making the ground just that much more saturated. Thus the rain that hit in the morning was more likely to run directly off into the river systems instead of percolating into the ground.

To show how localized the storm was the Grand River rain gauge in Brantford only recorded about 4 mm of precipitation this morning.

Here are some pictures of the Silver Lake at around 11 am this morning:

You can contrast the water level will the even larger storm we had back in July of 2008:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Consistent warmth

It looks like this July we might not have a single day that is more than 5 degrees below average.

Last year 10 days in July (ie. a third of the month) were that much colder than average.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Temperature drop

On Thursday evening, as the big storm started coming through, between 8:15 pm and 8:30 pm the temperature dropped 4.3 degrees and almost 7 degrees between 8 and 9 pm.

It is very possible that these might end up being the largest temperature drops of the year.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A very hot month so far

The first 11 days of July were a stunning 2.5 degrees above average.

Monday, July 5, 2010

It is hot out there!

The high temperature on Monday of 33.1°C was the hottest day since Aug 1, 2007.

Also, if we get the forecast 5 days in a row over 30, that will be the first time that has happened since 2005.