Although things cooled off in Sep, 2015 was still the warmest growing season we’ve recorded, and much of the heat came in earlier months when the days were long.  The unusually high GDDs this year were due to a warm temperature anomaly in the Pacific off our coast (referred to by oceanographers as the ‘blob’) and not directly to the powerful El Nino now in place. And although this ‘blob’ was a relatively local effect, it looks like 2015 will be the hottest year ever measured globally, as climate change continues its very alarming trend.   Below is the full weather review of the Wine Islands growing areas.  For more plots showing GDD, rainfall and max temps for the growing season in Saanich click here