By Cam Mather
I’m in “August Heatwave Mode” in the garden right now. I get up at 5:30 am and work in the garden until about 10 am, at which time it is too hot to work out there.
The normal average temperature in Ontario where I live in May is about 19°C (66°F). On Monday it was 29°C in the shade. Yesterday it was 31.5°C (90°F). Today it’s supposed to be even hotter which means it’ll probably be about 34°C (93°F) and I’ll be frying eggs on the sidewalk.
With the humidex it feels like 40°C (104°F). Holy crap Batman, this is way too hot for May! It’s too hot for August in this part of the world. This is Canada, you know, home of frost-bitten Canadian boys, ice hockey and 8 months of snow.
This really sucks because this is the time of the year when the garden usually has a high moisture content from the rain. I love planting seeds in moist soil. My sandy soil makes the garden look more like the setting for “Lawrence of Arabia. I’ve begun using my drip irrigation system about 6 week ahead of schedule.
Here’s a record you don’t want to see broken. April temperatures soared to the highest ever as the month became the warmest in the planet’s recorded history. This is according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The report also showed that combined global land and ocean surface temperatures were the warmest from January to April, 2010. According to the report, “The average temperature for the first four months of year 2010 was 13.3 degrees Celsius which is 0.69 degrees above the 20th century average.”
The warmth is most pronounced in the equatorial portions of the major oceans, especially the Atlantic. This is what the climate models predicted. It will be worst around the equator, as if it’s not hot enough there already. If you take a globe and spin it you’ll find most of the deserts are centered on the equator… many started there and are spreading outward.
I am amused when I hear weather forecasters predicting a great weekend of hot weather. You can tell that they live and work in air conditioning and don’t grow their own food. Working outside in this heat is brutal. Growing food in this heat is a real struggle.
I’ve doubled the capacity of my drip irrigation system this year. Looks like it’s not going to be enough.