Summer is here!

Now that it is technically SUMMER (hooray!), it was certainly nice to see blue sky after weeks of gray and rain. It’s noon already and no sign of clouds. We have seen brief moments of sun, but it would soon cloud over and start to sprinkle. Actually, I think April was better than our May and early June. Here, the old adage ‘April showers bring May flowers’ is always delayed a month because of our long winters.

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In Manitoba, we actually have only two seasons, according to frustrated motorists: Winter and Construction! Because of the extreme differences in temperatures throughout the year, the concrete roads take a beating. The freeze/thaw cycle causes the expansion and contraction of the concrete.

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It also affects the ground beneath it. Considering Manitoba was once a lake bed, the silt and clay beneath the surface is greatly affected by this expansion and contraction, as well, especially if the water table is high. The city streets heave and buckle, pot holes appear and grow causing damage to tires and vehicle suspension, not to mention making our daily commute a very bumpy ride!

 

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We had relatively little snow this past winter, which is highly unusual, but this spring has certainly made up for that lack of precipitation. We could sure do with a little sunshine to dry up all those mosquito breeding grounds! Every puddle has the potential to hold thousands of eggs. Last summer was wonderfully dry and relatively mosquito free. Here’s hoping for another season like that so people can stop saying that our provincial bird is the Mosquito! 🙂

 

By the way, the blue sky photos were taken from my back yard at noon today to prove to you that the skies are (were) clear. We do have a few fluffy clouds moving in as I type, but I hope they won’t accumulate any more than that. 🙂

So, how’s the weather where you are?