It may be tempting to write off this season as normal in terms of precipitation considering recent weather around the Foothills, but High River received under half our provincial average rainfall for the month of July.

Meteorologist for Environment Canada Dan Kulak says, despite recent scattered showers July is way under its rain quota.

"Specifically in the High River area, this month the town received about 25mm of rain. The average for our more permanent weather station based in Calgary for the month of July is 65mm, so this month in particular is way under averages."

Kulak says leading into August, we can expect a similar meteorological trend.

"Moisture in the air might lead to some severe regional thunderstorms, and brief periods of rain, but within the next 7-10 days, skies look to be clearing up."

Kulak reminds residents that lightning in particular, is the most dangerous aspect of weather this season and advises residents to be cautious when a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect.

"Most people assume that severe weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes need to be meticulously prepared for, and while that is true, lightning causes more fatalities on average per year then any other severe summer weather form combined in Canada. If you hear thunder or see lightning, make every effort you can to seek shelter."


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