April 19, 2015: Define “Spring”

In case you are checking in on Kenora from far away, and didn’t know, our weather has taken a turn for the worse. After a week of blissfully warm weather, things have turned wet and cold.

Wild fluctuations are to be expected at this time of year. That whole thing where we supposedly have four seasons of thirteen weeks each never made sense to me. Winter begins on December 21st? I don’t think so! I am of the opinion that Kenora really only has two seasons: summer, during which the temperature stays above freezing, and winter, when the temperature stays below.

Checking Environment Canada’s climate records, the average overnight low is above freezing from late April through to early October. I say that’s summer, about twenty two weeks of it. The daily high falls below freezing from mid-November to late February, giving us sixteen or seventeen weeks of winter.

In between are two short periods (six or seven weeks each) of oscillating temperatures. March and part of April as we warm up, and a few weeks in October and November as we cool down. For these short stretches, it is normal to have daytime highs above freezing, and overnight lows below freezing. On average. Some give or take applies here.

Our lovely April run of above freezing temperatures has come to an end, and now we’re going back to frosty nights for a week or so. Cooler than normal, I’m afraid.

Cloudy weather (and snow flurries 😦 ) may reduce my opportunities to take photographs for the next day or two, and there will be a couple of days next week when I do not expect to fly. This means there may be some gaps in photographic coverage- I’ll do what I can. I’m hoping some of my friends will pitch in on the sunnier days and submit some pictures. Even if they do not, cold nights mean progress will be slower, so chances are we won’t miss much. Be patient, Lake Dwellers.

3 thoughts on “April 19, 2015: Define “Spring”

  1. Hey Tim,
    I went up on our hill behind the Lodge to check the ice in the weedy bay and saw the snow crocus’s are up. I will try to send them to you and you can post them if you would like.
    As soon as the sky clears the fresh snow on the ice will make for some great pictures

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