Canada: Indian Summer

In Ottawa, strawberry plants bloomed and lilac bushes burst their buds. In Winnipeg, it was pussy willows. As Torontonians curiously watched their city experiment with a new machine that sucks fallen leaves from gutters like a vacuum cleaner, newspapers reported that Oct. 20 was the hottest in history. The high of 76° topped the 1884 record by a full five degrees.

Montreal's McGill University Observatory found that the city had an average temperature of 57° over the first 24 days of October, three degrees above the record. Quebec hay-fever sufferers complained that the warm days had brought back their sniffles. Violets bloomed...

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