10 summer facts from Canada and all over the world:
Hottest summer in Canada
- St. Albans and Emerson, Manitoba experienced the second hottest summer in Canada.
- The temperature reached 44.4 °C. on July 11, 1936.
- Midale and Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan experienced the highest recorded temperature. It reached 45 °C in 1937.
A year without summer
- There was no summer in Canada in 1816.
- Countries in the Northern Hemisphere felt cold weather and snow in June and July.
- Many were afraid of food shortage. Crops need warm weather to grow.
- There was no summer because of the eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies.
- Volcanic ash and gas covered the atmosphere. This blocked out the sun.
- Many cities around the world were affected.
Dog days of summer
- The dog days of summer happen between July 3 and August 11.
- They are the hottest days of summer.
- They are called dog days because of the Dog Star (Sirius). The star is seen in the skies at this time of the year.
- Ancient people don’t like the star. They thought it was a sign of war, diseases and disaster.
Summer is mosquito season
- There are more mosquitos in summer. Warm temperatures make them go through their life cycle faster.
- More mosquitoes are laying eggs and more eggs are hatching around this time.
- There are more than 3500 species of mosquitoes worldwide.
- Only a few places have no mosquitoes. Examples are Antarctica and Iceland.
Watermelon: Fruit or vegetable?
- Watermelons can be called a fruit and a vegetable.
- It’s a vegetable because they belong to the cucumber family (also the pumpkin and squash family).
- Botanists say it is a fruit because it grows from a seed.
- Whether fruit or vegetable, watermelons are good for you:
- Watermelons are made up of 92% water. That is why it is refreshing.
- It has lycopene which is an antioxidant.
- It contains vitamins A and C and potassium.
- It is low in calories.
- It has no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
The Eiffel Tower grows in summer
- The Eiffel Tower grows more than 6 inches in summer.
- The iron expands with the heat.
- It shrinks by about 6 inches in winter.
- The Eiffel Tower is in Champs de Mars in Paris, France.
- It is one of the most visited attractions in world.
- It welcomes about 7 million visitors each year.
July is Ice Cream Month
- July is national ice cream month in the US.
- It was declared by former president Ronald Reagan in 1984.
- Some places in Canada celebrate National Ice Cream Day. It is on the third Sunday of July.
- See this: Ice cream by Canadian province.
- These are ice cream creations symbolizing each Canadian province.
The popsicle was invented by accident
- Frank Epperson in San Francisco left a cup of soda and a stirrer outside his porch. It was frozen the next morning.
- The boy began selling the frozen pop at an amusement park in New Jersey.
- He launched “Epsicles” 18 years later. His children told him to change the name to “Pop’s sicles”.
- Popsicles are a favourite treat in summer. It is made in various flavours, colours and shapes.
- Around two billion popsicles are sold every year.
Winnipeg is the “Slurpee Capital of the World”
- Winnipeggers love Slurpees.
- Slurpees are a colourful, multi-flavoured, cold drink. It is available at 7/11 convenience stores.
- Winnipeggers drink Slurpees throughout the year.
- Winnipeggers drink 400,000 cups of these frozen drinks per month.
- Winnipeg has won the title of Slurpee Capital of World for 19 consecutive years.
- A street in Winnipeg was given the honourary name of ‘Slurpee Way’ in 2018.
Manitoba is one of the sunniest provinces in Canada
- Manitoba enjoys more than 2,300 hours of sunshine per year.
- Manitoba has the sunniest winter season in Canada with 358 hours of sunshine.
- Southern Manitoba enjoys up to 16 hours of daylight in peak summer weeks.
Sources: 20 fun facts about summer, Vitalcheck blogs; 50 interesting facts about summer, Karin Lehnart, Fact Retriever; 1816: The Year Without Summer, Peter McGuigan, Canada’s History; Mosquito season: Time to be prepared, Elizabeth Miller, Mosquito Reviews; 5 facts about mosquitoes, The Tick and Mosquito Project; 40 fascinating facts about the Eiffel Tower, Oliver Smith, The Telegraph; 41 fun facts about Manitoba that will blow your mind, Travel Manitoba; Top 10 reasons to live in Manitoba; Manitoba named Slurpee Capital of the World for the 19th year in a row, Access Winnipeg; and The History of Popsicles, Country Living. All retrieved July 12, 2018.
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