On a cloudy Tuesday afternoon from left, Alfreda Cassell, Bill Hogan and Ada Burden enjoy a round of golf at the Blomindon Golf and Country Club.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
CORNER BROOK The unofficial last weekend of the summer is coming up in a few days and just behind it comes the fall season.
However, while summer may be almost over, Elena Lappo said that doesn’t mean the weather will make a change for the worse just yet.
Lappo is a meteorologist with the Weather Network and on Tuesday she provided an overview of the network’s fall outlook.
“For temperatures we’re actually expecting slightly above normal temperatures for Newfoundland and especially for Corner Brook,” said Lappo of what lies ahead for September.
“So there’s definitely a good potential to see that warm spell that’s going to feel like summer, what we sometimes call the Indian Summer.”
Lappo said it’s normal for temperatures to fluctuate in the fall and to get lengthy periods of above seasonal temperatures followed by lengthy periods of below seasonal.
For September, Lappo said the normal high is about 17 degrees. In October that drops to about 10.5 and by November down to five.
And she said this year’s above normal temperatures in September might then be offset by a dose of harsh early winter right after. Lappo said it’s not unusual for this region to see a little snow around the end of October, followed by more in November.
In terms of precipitation, Lappo said it’s also normal for the province to get a quite a bit. “Especially in the fall months when it’s either a hurricane, or a cold synoptic low that’s going to move up the east coast or the nor’easter. All the systems will bring quite a bit of moisture with it.”
The average rainfall for the fall is predicted to be at around 305 millimetres and the average snowfall at 50 centimetres. Lappo said that’s comparable to last year’s amounts of 340 mm of rain and 49 cm of snow.
With the fall also comes the peak of the hurricane season and Lappo said there is a predicted larger amount of storms than usual in the Atlantic waters. “However, will Canada see more than normal storms or not, it’s really hard to say.”
She said usually Canada will see four or five tropical storms or hurricanes throughout they year. “Sometimes it takes only one big storm to make a huge impact,” said Lappo, who cautioned people to be prepared.
As for the Labour Day weekend, Lappo said next few days look a little dreary with clouds and a chance of rain until Friday.
“But it does look like that by the long weekend there’s going to be a little bit more sunshine,” said Lappo. She said temperatures could get up to and above 20 degrees.