Tuesday, July 01, 2014
HOT WEATHER - BRING IT ON
So Environment Canada says it’s going to be a really hot summer with lots of unsettled weather. Usually they don’t get it right but so far this summer they seem bang on. I can’t recall a summer where we have had so many baking hot humid days followed by torrential rains and gusty winds for a day or two. It is certainly keeping the feeder lake levels to the Trent Canal System up, and of course where I live on Mountain Lake the vegetation has been growing as if we live in a rain forest. The water in Georgian Bay was unusually cold this spring but this hot weather with the odd windy day has really warmed things up in a hurry and the anchorages are now beautiful to swim in. So welcome to summer boaters! It was along hard winter and you certainly deserve some heat. I can’t believe we’re already in July. Summer passes so quickly in Ontario that every minute counts ... so get out and have some fun on your boat.
Just a reminder that this hot humid weather seems to be bringing quite a few pop up thunderstorms and sudden wind downdrafts. You don’t always get a lot of warning so when your anchoring avoid the temptation of putting out only the bare minimum of anchor rode down when you anchor. These storms can come out of nowhere ... so put lots of chain down and make sure that your anchor is set firmly and your boat and every one in the anchorage can stay safe even when all hell breaks loose with the weather.