Old Farmer’s Almanac Predictions for 2017



The famous Old Farmer’s Almanac weather predictions (traditionally 80% accurate) are made 18 months in advance, and meant to help you make more informed decisions for long-term planning.


Weather Predictions for Southern Ontario


October 2016: temperature 13°C (4°C above avg.); precipitation 65mm (avg.)
Oct 1-6: A few showers, cool
Oct 7-19: Several showers, warm
Oct 20-24: Sunny, warm
Oct 25-31: Showers, then flurries, turning cold


Annual Weather Summary: November 2016 to October 2017


Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-January, late January, and late February, with the snowiest periods in mid- and late December, early January, and mid-February. April and May will be drier than normal, with near-normal temperatures.


Summer 2017 will be cooler than normal, with rainfall above normal, except in eastern Ontario. The hottest periods will be in mid-July and mid-August.


September and October 2017 will be cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation.

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Labour Day Weekend Excursions


End Your Summer with a Visit to One of Collingwood and Blue Mountain Area Attractions

It’s not too late to get out and enjoy the fabulous sunshine and warm temperatures this weekend. Whether you’re interested in food, culture, wildlife or history, the area’s parks, trails and other tourist attractions have something for everyone this long weekend.


Plan a Labour Day picnic or barbecue using fresh, local ingredients purchased from the Farm to Table Market, Collingwood’s local and organic grocery store.


Encounter hundreds of species of plants and explore the caves and crevasses at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.


Bid the season farewell as the hottest summer entertainment returns for encore performances at Blue Mountain Village for the Summer Sundown Celebrations.


Enjoy the sights and smells at Collingwood Downtown Moonlight Market, a special night time market on Saturday 6 to 10 pm.


Check out all the activities at Cranberry Village, like golf, stand up paddle boarding, cruises, BBQ, patio and a bonfire on Saturday night.


Get out on Georgian Bay for a harbour tour or sunset cruise with Collingwood Charters or Collingwood Adventure Voyages.


Get a bird’s eye view of the region on a helicopter tour with Big Blue Air.


Enjoy nature by running, walking or cycling Collingwod and Blue Mountain’s beautiful trails.

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What Causes the Leaves to Change Colour in Fall?

Fall colours in Collingwood and Blue Mountain
The gradual decrease in sunlight in the Fall is what causes the leaves to change colour. In the Summer, the tree benefit from longer days and longer periods of sunlight. The green chlorophyll in the leaves produces sugar and exchanges carbon dioxide for oxygen. Carotene and xanthophylls, whcih eventually show up as orange and yellow, are always there, but they remain idle whle the chlorophyll is working. As the amount of sunlight wanes in mid to late August, the tree’s natural programming tells it to prepare for winter. A layer of cells grows over the intake in the root structure and forces the tree to slow its consumption of water. The lack of water sends the chlorophyll into hibernation, and as the green goes dormant, the carotene and xanthophylls become visible.

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Local Farmers’ Markets



Nothing says the beginning of summer better than the pop up of local farmers’s markets in the area. The Collingwood Farmers’ Market is now open every Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, located in the Second and Pine Street Municipal parking lot. The Collingwood farmers’ market is a place to purchase quality produce and other foods from 100 miles around the market location. In addition to approximately 40 vendor stalls, special events will be held at the market such as children’s activities, musicians and demonstrations.


The Thornbury Farmers’ Market features fresh veggies and fruit in season (including. organics), baked goods, deli meats, frozen entrees & desserts, maple syrup, local honey, gourmet cookies, jellies, cut flowers, local crafts and more. Sundays 11 am to 2 pm, Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, across from The Blue Mountains Town Hall.


A visit to the Farmer’s Pantry is an experience that the whole family will enjoy. Acre upon acre of apple orchards offering over 15 varieties of local apples with many pick your own options including raspberries and cherries in season. Open from July 1st through to Halloween weekend and host many events including our Raspberry Festival, Adventure Day, Candy Apple Clinics and Family Day attractions. Many of our events include food and wine pairings and the kids will delight in the many activities we offer including our petting farm where they can interact with the animals. The pony rides, mini putt, rope maze and cedar maze are some other activities offered that will keep the kids busy while you shop for in our Farm Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared meals to go and locally sourced gifts.


For over 50 years Grandma Lambe’s has been serving the region with friendly old-fashioned hospitality and the best home baking anywhere. Fresh baked pies. Fresh local foods. Crafts. A true experience! Open year round on Highway 26 East of Meaford.

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Nature’s Fireworks


When you see large, dark flat clouds beginning to cover the skies, get set to watch the show – celestial fireworks.


The best time to watch a lightning show is at dusk, when it is light enough to see the contours of the clouds yet dark enough to appreciate the light sparks and flickers. Look for the earliest flashes near the top of the thunderclouds; then observe as the flashes move deeper and deeper into the cloud.


As you watch the storm (hopefully from inside the comforts of your house), you will witness the most powerful light source in nature, carrying enough energy to power 20,000 toaster ovens. Following the light, you hear the crack and rumble of thunder – the shock wave of air exploding in the 27,000 degree Celsius heat of the flash.


How Lightning Forms


Lightning forms when positive and negative charges become separated. The positive charges stay near the top of the large, flat-topped cloud, while the negative charges accumulate near the bottom. When the cloud’s bottom charge becomes strong enough, a flow of electricity zigzags down toward the ground. This flow of energy is not the lightning stroke, however. Barely visible and lasting only a microsecond, this is called a stepped leader. Because opposites attract, positive charges from the ground come racing towards the negatively charged stepped leader. The region of positive charge moves up through any conducting objects in the area, including trees, electrical wires and people. It is this brilliant return stroke, coming from the Earth to the sky, that closes the electrical circuit, causing the celestial fireworks of lightning.  The flash appears to be going down because it retraces the downward-forking path of the stepped leader. What seems to be a single flickering flash is actually often a dozen or more strokes, each one only ten-thousandths of a second long, in the same path.


The sounds of lightning come a few seconds after the light because sound travels slower. The closer the lightning, the more rapid the report of the thunder. Light travels at 300,000 km/sec whereas sound travels at 0.3 km/sec.  You can calculate the distance of the lightning strike.  After the flash of lightning, begin counting off the seconds until the thunder is heard. Divide the seconds by three to arrive at the distance in km.


Canada averages over 2 million lightning strikes are each year.  And, despite our relatively short lightning season, 9 to 10 people are killed and between 100 and 150 people are injured each year by lightning in Canada.   This compares to an average of 57 deaths per year in the United States.  To stay safe, the best place to be is Inside a house which has plumbing and wiring or an all-metal vehicle (not a convertible).  Stay away from electrical appliances and equipment, doors, windows, fireplaces, and anything else that will conduct electricity, such as sinks, tubs and showers.   Picnic shelters, dugouts, small buildings without plumbing or electricity are NOT safe.

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Collingwood and the Weather


For all Canadians, talking about the weather is one of our great pastimes.  Weather discussions are often at the start of every conversation.  Over the back fence, on the train to work, at the hockey rink, weather is always part of regular banter among friends and strangers alike.  “How long did it take you to get home last night?”  “Cold enough for ya?”  “My heating bill is really creeping up this year.”  “What’s it’s suppose to be like this weekend?”


In the Collingwood area, weather impacts greatly how we conduct our lives.  It influences how we spend our time and what activities we take part in.  The right weather conditions bring more visitors to the area to enjoy all the outdoor recreation available and the beautiful nature attractions.


Weather also greatly influences the local economy.  It is difficult to over estimate the  importance of weather to businesses so highly dependant on tourism and the recreational market.

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Halloween Weather Highlights

Halloween in Collingwood and Blue Mountains

What’s in store for trick-or-treaters this year? Should they pack on the layers or can parents give in to begging children that a coat under their costume will ruin the look?


In Collingwood and The Blue Mountains, Halloween plans may be dampened with some showers on Saturday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will remain cool at 7 degrees. It will be advisable for those going door-to-door to wear a jacket to keep warm and dry. Sorry kiddies.


Local Halloween Events:


October 30


Little Malt Shop of Horrors
March Street Centre, Clarksburg
More info


October 31


Shrek The Musical
GNE Fairgrounds
More info


Halloween Dance & Costume Party
Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg
More info


Halloween Party
Studs Lonigans Pub, Wasaga Beach
More info


Halloween Party Dinner & Dance
Wasaga Countrylife Resort, Wasaga Beach
More info


Huron Club Halloween Party
The Huron Club, Collingwood
More info

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Significant Rain Warning this Weekend

Environment Canada is warning of “significant” rainfall this weekend for most of southern Ontario. In a lot of areas, including the Collingwood and Blue Mountains area, the rain will continue through Sunday afternoon and may be heavy at times.


A low pressure system arriving Saturday from the American Midwest will spread rain across Southern Ontario from west to east through the day. In many areas the rain will continue through Sunday afternoon and may be heavy at times. An isolated thunderstorm may accompany the rain on Saturday over Southwestern Ontario.


This unseasonably strong low pressure is expected to track just south of the Lower Great Lakes into the Northeastern United States by Sunday. This is a track that is quite uncommon during the summer.


Regions from Windsor to the Golden Horseshoe will likely receive copious amounts of rain totalling 30 to 60 millimetres. Rainfall warnings may be required. Lesser amounts, in the 20 to 40 millimetre range, are expected over Central and Eastern Ontario. Areas farther north, to the northeast of Georgian Bay, should receive even less with the rain arriving Saturday night.


Additionally, strong northeasterly winds are expected to develop Saturday with gusts generally in the 50 to 70 km/h range with the strongest winds along the Lower Great Lakes.

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Temperatures Return to Seasonal

Yesterday was the first time since the end of June that the temperature in the region reached a daytime high above 30. The humidity was a key ingredient in the thunderstorm risk across the region, which was in the path of a cold front passing through. That prompted severe thunderstorm watches to be issued all across southern Ontario, but atmospheric conditions prevented the formation of major storms in the southwest. Temperatures have returned to more seasonal values for the remainder of this week.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.


A few thunderstorms are expected to affect portions of the above regions this afternoon and early evening. Some of these thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds, torrential downpours, and large hail. These thunderstorms will be quite isolated. However, any storms that do develop could be severe.


Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. In Canada, lightning kills up to 10 people every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.


Emergency Management Ontario recommends that you take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required, so stay tuned to your local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to [email protected] or tweet with the hashtag #ONStorm.


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3 Day Forcast

Sun and clouds mixed. High 22C. Winds E at 10 to 15 km/h.
A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 19C. Winds E at 15 to 30 km/h.

Intervals of clouds and sunshine. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 19C. Winds E at 15 to 25 km/h.