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Newfoundland's miserable summer: airport delays, wool socks and an arrested weatherman

If the people of Newfoundland and Labrador say they’re having bad weather, it must be pretty bad.

The past couple of weeks in Canada’s most eastern province have been wet and cold ones, to say the least.

Temperatures dropped as low as 6 degrees C and winds were recorded as high as nearly 60 kilometers an hour.

Airport delays

The airport in St. John’s has faced flight cancellations and delays, causing logistical problems for travellers in the middle of tourist season.

Construction at the province’s major airport hasn’t helped either.

The primary runway at St. John’s International Airport has been closed since June 1 and won’t reopen until the end of September, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador reports.

The secondary runway, which was cut short due to construction, reopened at its full length on Wednesday, according to a news release.

The weather, however, still didn’t co-operate.

One of the coldest on record

This July’s average high temperature is one of the coldest on record since 1942, CBC reported.

In true Newfoundlander fashion, people tried to make light of the situation.

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador created a Facebook contest to find the best nicknames for the cold summer.

Congrats to today’s winners and stay tuned for the NEXT pop-up giveaway!Darlene ToopeDonna KennedyBrenda...

Posted by CBC Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Some include:

- Jugly (July+ ugly)

- WITMOS (Winter in the middle of summer)

- Jucember

- ju-lied-about-summer

The winners got a custom made T-shirt with the slogan, “Keep Calm and Snodd On” – a play on local CBC weatherman Ryan Snoddon’s name.

The hastag also #julyuary started to take hold.

Police take action

People got so tired of the cold weather that the the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary issued an official missing season release for “SUMMER (June 21 – September 23, 2015).”

The release says summer was “last seen in early August 2014”. It was last described as being “between 20 – 30 degrees Celsius, blue skies with a bright warm source of light in the sky,” the release states.

“There have been sporadic sightings of this bright object, but these sighting have been rare since May 2015.”

The release also identifies two “persons of interest”: Eddie Sheerr and Ryan Snoddon, the two local TV weathermen.

Not long after it was issued, police arrested their suspects.

A little hope goes a long way

Thursday morning offered a glimmer of hope to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador - the clouds parted just enough for some sunlight to twinkle through.

So, naturally, people tweeted about it.

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