Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween

It looks like Halloween is going to be dry and mild in our area. We are forecasting temperatures around 10C with any wet weather holding off till well after midnight. Be safe and have fun!!!!

Tropical storm Noel is a 40mph storm over northern Cuba today. It is forecast to go through the Bahamas and approach the southeast coast of Florida briefly with heavy rain and seas before racing off to the northeast. Indications are that Nova Scotia and Newfoundland could be affected by a very strong Extratropical storm by the weekend.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Winds ease in California

The fierce Santa Ana winds that have been blowing at hurricane force for the last several days, eased slightly today allowing firefighters to gain a little ground. Wild fires have been burning hundreds of thousands of acres across both San Diego and LA Counties of southern California. Both areas have been declared Federal Disaster areas. Over 9000 firefighters have been fighting a loosing battle, with hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed. Two people have died and over 75 injured. Temperatures in the 90's, no rain for months and the Santa Ana winds created the "perfect storm" for the fires.

Smoke from the fires can be seen below drifting off the California coast

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thunderstorms on the way
Record Highs in Ontario

The mercury has soared to 24C in Kemptville at 11AM this morning and we may approach 27C before the thunderstorms move in. Already storms are developing along the 401 corridor and they will move into our area. The potent low pressure area has a history of severe weather with over 100 tornadoes in the US in the last 48 hours and numerous reports of wind damage.

Watch the sky this afternoon in eastern Ontario and western Quebec and use the links at the left for WARNINGS or WATCHES or tune into local radio.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tornado over southern Missouri yeaterday afternoon

Severe Thunderstorms over
Midwest & Gulf Coast
Storms to affect Ontario

A strong Colorado Low is slowly spinning into the Great Lakes at this hour with Heavy rain and fog causing travel delays in Ontario. Heavy rain is expected across Superior, and the Nickel Belt east into the Ottawa Valley. The trailing cold front has been producing a line of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes from Chicago to the Gulf Coast. Yesterday over 250 incidents of severe weather were reported along with two fatalities. Already today heavy thunderstorms produced tornadoes along the Florida Gulf Coast. Hardest hit so far was Pensacola, Fla. where a direct hit by a tornado was observed on a shopping mall and daycare facility. No word on injuries at this time from Sherrifs in Escambia County.

As the cold front slides east it will remain very mild ahead of the front in Ontario and Quebec. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will develop by daybreak Friday and spread east. Some storms may become locally severe in our area with wind and hail being the main threat. Watch for warnings and watches.

Go Sox Go

Weather in Cleveland tonight a chance of thunderstorms at 40% at game time.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Frosty start in Kemptville

It was a frosty start to the day in Kemptville and across eastern Ontario. Clear skies allowed the mercury to dip to -1C in Kemptville. I took my traditional first frost photo above. While there has been scattered frost already this season, this was the first time I had to scrape the car. Last year the photo was taken Oct 6. We had a much warmer first week or two this October.
The other photo is the pumpkin patch behind my house. I was waiting for the Great Pumpkin to show, no such luck! Cloud cover and shower activity will keep the threat of frost away for the next several nights.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I'm back!

Greetings readers, sorry for the long absence. I was away in North Carolina for two weeks visiting the beautiful Outer Banks. We had very warm and humid weather for the duration of our trip, more like July. On our way home we even encountered summer like thunderstorms around Albany, NY.

All that went away quickly this weekend in Ontario, as a very fall type air mass took over. It was grey and cool with some showers and even some freezing drizzle in the Ottawa Valley. Frost occured on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. The weather this week will be uneventful. We are expecting fair weather tomorrow with seasonable temperatures followed by a milder but wet period Wednesday through Saturday.

I will post some new weather photos and vacation photos shortly.