Keri’s Corner

Weathering the Summer

What is with our seasons lately? Winter ended in late April with a slushy snowfall, and summer began in early May with temperatures in the high 20s. I can recall years where we’ve skipped autumn but I don’t remember ever omitting spring. It seems that our seasonal weather patterns are much more erratic in the last decade than what I remember when I was growing up.

I remember gentler transitions. The snow would eventually disappear and then the buds would bloom and everything thing would be green until the temperatures cooled. This last December we held daytime highs for three weeks until an Arctic vortex made outside chores have a threat of frostbite. What was that? I remember when I didn’t remember what the weather was like. It went along as one expected. There may have been the unusual storm or season but now we are so far outside of normal that I can remember the weather almost every year going back for years because it’s been notably weird.

As much as I enjoy summer, it makes me uneasy. The warmer temperatures seem to fuel unpredictable and potentially dangerous weather. I watch the skies for signs of storms. I wonder if May was so warm with +30 temperatures, what will July bring? It seems everything I knew about our climate as I was growing up is no longer valid. That worries me.

I think that worries a lot of people. We are deeply connected to our natural environment whether we acknowledge that or not. The wildfires, droughts, and floods threaten our infrastructure and our food and water supplies. So, when I look back over years of abnormal weather patterns, I wonder what the future will bring and how we will face it.

Keri lives and tries to keep track of the weather in Boyle Street.

More in this issue

Neighbourhood Views

  • Editor Receives Award from ESPC – Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman received the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice on May 24. She is pictured between ESPC Research Coordinator John Kolkman and his wife Kate Quinn, both McCauley residents and founders of the paper. Melissa Scott

  • Graffiti Artists at Work – Graffiti artists made original creations during Hip Hop in the Park on May 26 at Boyle Street Plaza. Paula E. Kirman

  • Harbin Gate Memories – Memories written about the Harbin Gate hang on the fence where it was removed for Valley Line LRT construction. Paula E. Kirman

  • Portrait of a Caterpillar – Gord Currie is an Ambrose Place resident who has taken up photography to cope with the challenges in his life. Here is an example of his work. He says that he has gone from “poverty to photography” and gives credit for this photo “to the caterpillar for being a good subject.” Gord Currie

  • New Community Space at Bissell Centre – Ryan Arcand presents Gary St. Amand, CEO of Bissell Centre, an eagle staff at the grand opening of Bissell Centre’s new community space in its west building, on June 11. The drop-in has improved access to basic needs and support services. Paula E. Kirman  

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman was the first recipient for her involvement in a number of volunteer, non-profit groups. Marissa Loewen

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. One of the recipients was Sinder Sparks, founder of The Musical Mamas Society, a group of women musicians from in and around the area. Paula E. Kirman

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