|This tornado south of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, destroyed one home on Sunday afternoon. (Twitter Photo @katielyn_213)|
August has started off the same way. This week is expected to be warm, with increasing humidity. High temperatures will be from 28C to 32C (83 to 90F) as the week progresses. A strong cold front will arrive by late Friday, with showers and thunderstorms. At this time, the weekend looks less humid and slightly cooler. Some of you may have noticed a few trees dropping their leaves. This is very early, and likely caused by the very warm and dry July. Heat stress on trees will often manifest itself that way. That being said, we will start to loose daylight rapidly this month, increasing the leaf-shedding process naturally as we head into September.
We had another weekend of severe weather across many portions of North America. Most notable were the two strong tornadoes that occurred between Yorkton and Melville in Saskatchewan on Sunday. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but widespread damage did occur. One home and farm was completely destroyed. Along the east coast of the United States, the story was flooding. Over 150mm of rain in less than two hours sent torrents of water rushing through Ellicott City, Maryland. The historic town, west of Baltimore, was left in ruins, with two fatalities reported.