Summer is NOT over yet! Weather Trends
August 14, 2013
Have you heard of the phrase “Up and down like a toilet seat?” Over the course of the summer, increasingly this phrase has come to mind along with the terms “Global Warming” and “Climate Change.” So… I decided to do a little research into the past 50 years to determine if our summer was already over.
This chart below dating back to the 1960’s from Toronto International Airport (currently known as Pearson Airport) shows an average increase in temperature. This states that the 10 hottest years have been recorded throughout the past 15 years. Thus meaning, that when your Grandfather said that he had to travel to school up hill in a freezing cold blizzard, it could actually be true.
In the 1960’s the average temperature was around 7 or 8 degrees Celsius with a drop under 7 in the 1980’s. Since then the average temperature has increased to 9 degrees Celsius and looks to keep climbing.
Could this be caused by greenhouse gases (global warming) or a byproduct of the urban heat island effect (heat produced by growing urban development)? It is tough to tell, but my guess is both are probably contributing significantly to the average rise in temperature.
What does all of this mean on a cold day like today (toilet seat down)? Well, I’m here to bring you great news… next week the high is to average out around 27 to 29 degrees Celsius and yet again the toilet seat is up!
The great news is the summer is not over and along with the increase in heat comes pools, patios, iced cold refreshments and of course the seldom loved but mostly dreaded air conditioner. With next weeks increase in heat and in the years to come maybe it is time to show some more attention and love to your air conditioning system.
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