September ends on Sunday and when the weather gurus look at the numbers I wonder if this will go down as the coolest and possibly wettest September ever. Maybe not, but it sure was cool and it sure was wet. The Climate Research Station that has tracked Saskatoon’s temperature and other detailed weather measurements since 1964 shows the wettest September up till now was in 2006. The September that had the least hours of sunshine was in 1986. The September with the most hours of sunshine, more than double what we received in 1986, was in 2001. The most precipitation in one day in Saskatoon happened on June 24th, 1983. The 99.4 mm of rain that fell here that day and caused serious street flooding even made the news in Calgary where I happened to be living, but I was getting ready to move to Saskatoon in July, and the guys at the radio station I was leaving were kidding me about having to buy swim fins, a snorkel and mask if I was heading for Saskatoon. History has proven since 1983 that Calgary has had a lot more to contend with when it comes to precipitation and flooding than Saskatoon. Looking ahead into October I don’t see temperatures rising much above +7, at least to the middle of the month, soI had my underground sprinklers blown out on Tuesday and this weekend I’ll begin the fun job of uprooting my wife’s 50 (count ‘em) flower pots. As for the leaves, well, don’t they make a good mulch?
That’s Coffeetalk. I’m Vic Dubois