Pat Shingleton: "Foooooog and Other Stuff"
We’ll experience cooler nights and more episodes of late night and morning fog. There’s a small fishing village in Newfoundland that is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the foggiest place in the world. Trepassey, located on the Avalon Peninsula, averages 160 days of fog per year. In addition, Newfoundland’s provincial capital, St. John, north of Trepassey, experiences 124 days of fog per year, giving it the distinction as the foggiest major city in Canada. St. John is also recognized as the rainiest urban location with 60 inches or five feet of rain each year. Hold on, there are a few more distinctions for this town. It’s also the snowiest with 1414.34 inches; the windiest with a daily average of 15 mph; the cloudiest with only 1,497 hours of sunshine and having the greatest number of days of freezing rain per year at 38. Not far from St. John’s is Cape Spear, recognized as the official farthest east point of the continent. Years ago, Weatherwise magazine noted that Cape Spear juts out into the icy, windswept North Atlantic and is also known as the place where Amelia Earhart launched her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Her flight plan included a departure from Harbour Grace, on the northern reaches of Cape Spear, with an intended destination to Paris. Fog, ice and strong north winds forced her to land in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Not reaching her chosen destination, her venture placed Amelia as the first woman to fly the Atlantic alone and the only woman to complete the longest and fastest non-stop flight.