Let it rain… sporadically

For the most part, the weather in Grand Forks has been fabulous the last little while, save for some rain here and there.

For the most part, the weather in Grand Forks has been fabulous the last little while, save for some rain here and there.

This past weekend saw temperatures in the mid-20s to low-30s, the sun was shining bright and according to the long-term weather forecast (as of Tuesday), the weather will remain sunny except for rain Monday and possible thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

That isn’t to say the weather can’t change by the time The Gazette hits the streets; it is the weather after all and it can change on a dime.

Having lived on the coast for much of my life, I know well how rain and clouds can put the damper on peoples’ day but to be honest, as long as the summers are mainly sunny, I don’t mind a little bit of rain.

If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve probably seen that the eastern half of Canada and the United States has been blanketed by a heat wave recently.

This past weekend, Washington, D.C. hit approximately 42 C while the mercury in Toronto passed the 38.2 C mark last Thursday and it probably felt even hotter with the humidity factored in.

Thankfully for Torontonians, there was rain this past weekend and on Sunday, the temperature had cooled to a more palatable and bearable 27 C, although another heat wave looks to begin in Hogtown starting Thursday, with the temperature expected to hit 31 C.

As far back as a week ago, it was starting to get a little humid here in Grand Forks with the nighttime temperature in the mid-teens (going strictly by memory) but as mentioned, it rained last week and similar to Toronto, the temperature became more manageable.

While many people will say that they love the sun in the summer and don’t want rain, a few showers aren’t a bad thing.

It helps cool things down a bit and it also has other benefits like lowering the risk of forest fires.

Too much rain however can put a damper on things, as people from the coast will tell you.

Like many things in life, moderation is the key when it comes to rain in the summer.

Too much is rain bad and so is too little.

– Karl Yu is editor at the Grand Forks Gazette.