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By jason (registered) | Posted June 22, 2009 at 18:43:42

being an amateur weather nut, I can attest to your observations regarding the slight weather differences between here and TO.

A couple of factors: 1. yes, the lake breeze. During the warm, summer days when the wind is predominately from the South, Hamilton receives a sticky warm south wind, while TO receives a cool breeze off the lake. Incidentally, days like today (June 22) when Hamilton has the cool lake breeze from the east, so does Toronto.

  1. The climate below the Niagara Escarpment from Dundas to Niagara is a more temperate/moderate climate than the surrounding regions. I own my own backyard weather station and quite regularly it will be 4-6 degrees warmer than the reading at Hamilton Airport when I wake up in the morning. The temperate climate and great soil are why the fruit belt exists where it exists. It's been proven that the growing season is 6-8 weeks longer below the escarpment than above. If all of Niagara's tender fruit could grow anywhere, we'd see fruit regions over by TO or London etc..... we have a micro-climate here below the escarpment, and that would also explain why someone would find the gardens in the lower city more lush than the surrounding regions.

Enough of the boring weather stats. Back to regularly scheduled programming.

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