‘Being greedy?’ Summer 2014 has been good to Nova Scotians, top forecaster says

Ruth Davenport, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - The weather this summer hasn’t reached the record-breaking extremes of the last two years, but Environment Canada’s top meteorologist says Nova Scotians have nothing to gripe about.

Anderson McEachine cools off in a fountain along the Halifax waterfront on Monday afternoon.

“You’re being greedy if you’re complaining about the weather this summer,” said David Phillips on Monday.

Phillips said the temperature so far in August has averaged 18.6 C – almost bang on the normal of 18.5 C.

That’s well below the 20.3 C recorded in July – which was also abnormally humid – and more than a degree lower than in the last two years, possibly feeding a distorted perception of a not-so-great summer.

“It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a huge amount,” said Phillips, noting the last two summers were abnormally hot and dry. “One degree can make the difference between people saying, ‘This was one of the warmest summers on record,’ or, ‘This was so-so.’”

Although the summer got off to a slow start, at least one weather-dependent local business says the numbers rebounded nicely.

Grandview Golf Course general manager Gavin Fitzpatrick said business was down by about 40 per cent in May. Over the last three months, he said he’s seen higher than average turnout – particularly in the cooler mornings and evenings.

“Golf is a strange sport at times, you have to have that perfect temperature,” said Fitzpatrick Monday. “When it’s 10 degrees or less, the golfers don’t come and when it’s 35 or more, they tend not to come either.”

If the good weather persists, Fitzpatrick said the course could be open well into November, and Phillips said the forecasts look good. Environment Canada’s models suggest that September and October will also be warmer and drier than normal.

“We seem stuck on this milder than normal,” said Phillips. “The fall looks, from all early indications, very favorable.”

Organizations: Environment Canada

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