Now that Labour Day's come and gone, and nights are beginning to feel cooler, many Montrealers have weather on the brain: Will we have a long summer? Will winter come early? The Weather Network aka MétéoMédia just released its three-month long-range fall forecast for Quebec and, let's just say, there's good news and bad news.
The good news is that The Weather Network predicts "extended periods of fair weather and warmer than normal temperatures" during late September and throughout October.
"This will provide excellent opportunities to get out and enjoy the fall foliage," according to meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
The bad news is the transition to winter is expected to happen rapidly with winter weather coming earlier than usual, compared to what we've seen over the past 20 years.
"We have become accustomed to very mild Decembers, but this year should bring more typical amounts of winter weather during the weeks leading up to and through the holidays," said Dr. Gillham.
"A pattern change during late fall is expected to bring an earlier arrival to winter weather, and more winter weather leading up to the holidays than we have often seen over the past 20 years."
The Weather Network's traditional definition is "the third Full Moon in a season with four Full Moons," which is what we will see on August 22.
While seasons typically have three full moons, some seasons, like summer 2021, have four: June 24, July 24, August 22 and September 20.
The moon won't actually appear blue — that's just the name used to describe its rarity since the moon doesn't often appear blue.
When we see the moon change colour, The Weather Network says it's usually orange or red due to a lunar eclipse or when there are smoke and ash particles in the air.
According to NASA, the moon can look blue when the air has lots of "particles slightly wider than the wavelength of red light (0.7 micron)--and no other sizes present. This is rare, but volcanoes sometimes spit out such clouds, as do forest fires."
Regardless of its colour, this weekend's full blue moon is going to be beautiful so don't miss it!
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Tickets for the game against FC Cincinnati will be exclusively available for season ticket holders, who can confirm their tickets online as of July 15 at 10 a.m, with ticket restrictions to comply with occupancy limits.
The Club is also giving away 350 tickets to frontline workers and their families, "as a tribute to their colossal work" during COVID-19.
"The past few months have been very difficult for our players and staff, who had to go into exile, but they have shown tremendous resilience," said a statement by CF Montreal president and CEO, Kevin Gilmore.
"We’ve been working closely with the league, the two other Canadian clubs and the different government levels to be able to play in Montreal."
The game will kick off on Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.