I have been following the weather in Singapore for the past three months.
(That’s your cue to say, “Oh, really?”)
Yes, it’s true, and not only that, it’s fascinating. You know what they say about weather on the Prairies: if you don’t like it, just wait 10 minutes.
In Singapore’s case, that would have to be extrapolated to: if you don’t like the weather here, just wait till the next epoch.
Every day, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix prints a list of cities around the world with the day’s forecast. In Singapore’s case, that forecast is either “thunderstorms, high 30, low 26” or “thunderstorms, high 30, low 27” or “thunderstorms, high 29, low 26.”
Less often, we learn that the day will bring “thundershowers, high 30, low 26” or “thundershowers, high 30, low 27” or thundershowers, high 29, low 26.”
Only once in the past three months has rain not been in the forecast. That was the day it was going to be “cloudy, high 30, low 27.”
A trip to Wikipedia informs us that Singapore’s average daily high in January is 30.1 degrees; in June, 31.3; in September, 30.9. The average humidity, which varies about as much as the temperature, is 84.2 percent. That is sauna-like.
The yearly rainfall is 92.2 inches. That’s seven and a half feet. Average annual precipitation in Saskatoon is 15.4 inches. That’s 1.28 feet.
And now I come to the point. Sure, the weather in Saskatchewan is terrible, but at least it’s terrible in interesting ways. You can be shredded by hail one day and baked like a potato chip the next. Not just the next day but maybe the next hour.
And there is the clear blue sky, unlike Singapore. Saskatoon isn’t a financial centre like Singapore, but we do have a lot of banks. Canadians seem to have a thing for banks, just as Americans have a thing for gun dealers.
What we excel at, though, is weather, and lots of it.
Michael Gillgannon is the former news editor of The Western Producer and managing editor of Western People. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org