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Season Changes

Here’s a joke that hits a little too close to home for us: the weather in the Midwest. From blistering days when the higher levels of the school feel like a sauna, students and faculty alike wish their classrooms were air-conditioned and pray that a stray breeze creeps through the windows. Straight to near freezing days when those same classrooms feel like iceboxes, and the students dropped their summer clothes for sweats and hoodies.

During the second week of October, temperatures were just starting to dip down so it almost felt like fall before shooting up into the mid-high 80-90s for Oct. 8 & 9, before slightly dropping to the higher 70s on the Oct. 10. Then one day later the temperatures dropped significantly to around 40° and have stayed that way since. The high temps in October were nearly at a record high before the weather changed. This effectively ruined the transition into fall weather that some students, myself included, hold so dearly in their hearts.

“This is pretty normal for October in the middle latitudes where we are. October is the second fastest cooling month in Ottawa,” meteorology teacher James Pfeiffer said. “The temperature will rarely get above 70 from this day forward, and will most likely not get above 80 until next spring. I think the general consensus is that weather shifts in the future will be more frequent and more violent as a result of the increased amounts of carbon dioxide we are putting into the air,” Pfeiffer said. The sudden temperature shift was caused by jet streams going south among other reasons. The shift was drastic, but not that uncommon for October.

We can only hope that the weather sorted itself out and will stay at least semi-constant in the days to come and that we don’t have to bust out our summer clothes to wear in the winter months again.

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