The summer continued to be far cooler and wetter compared to last summer's record-breaking conditions. Since July, temperatures have been cooler than normal, while precipitation has been higher than normal, except in the south (Middlesex and Lambton Counties) and east. Regular, and sometimes abundant, precipitation has resulted in brood-rearing wetlands retaining water.
Lakes Superior, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario remain fairly close to long-term levels, and are predicted to remain near normal over the next several months. Lake Michigan and Georgian Bay remain nearly 40 cm below the long-term average but are predicted to recover slightly over the next two months. Negative impacts to wetland areas on Georgian Bay continue due to this prolonged period of low water.
Wetlands continue to remain in good condition overall. Waterfowl brood numbers and sizes reflect this, as development chronology has been normal through the end of the brood-rearing period.