It's raining cats and dogs this July
Muse #178 - the weather is certainly turning
The last month here in the Toronto area has been unduly wet. In my nearly two decades in North America, I haven’t seen so much summer rains, thunderstorms, and wetness in any single year. It has not felt like proper summer yet and we are already nearing the end of July.
And strange weather patterns are happening all over the world. With the blindingly high temperatures in British Columbia reaching nearly 50-degree centigrade highs to burn down entire towns and communities to the recent rain, flash floods, and devastation in Germany, Belgium, and other European countries.
I was talking to my dad in India and there was no sign this year of the expected monsoon rains in May and June. Not a single drop of rainfall was received deviating from the usual yearly wind-driven patterns.
Not that I am complaining. I have hardly watered my lawn in the past month and I am enjoying the immensely cooler and wetter weather in Ontario. But others are suffering elsewhere and it is horrible to read and watch this misery and suffering. And it is just that it feels like I am living somewhere else.
I used to hear from my British friends about how much rain they used to get during their summer. And it feels like I live there. And brings me back memories of my living in Singapore where after the hot days, the thunderstorms would bring the water back to earth from the humid skies - and the weather was guaranteed by the Singapore government (and often listened to their written down rules). Has Singapore moved to Canada or has Toronto moved over somewhere near Singapore?
I am not sure what else is coming down the “Weather pipe” deviating from the norms that we’re used to. And sure there are going to be many surprises that we are not going to like.