Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
A battle between very warm and moist air from the US and cooler marine air from the lower St. Lawrence and Atlantic Ocean will sadly take place this weekend in Ontario and Quebec. Heavy rain is on our doorstep with embedded thunderstorms along a warm front. There is even the risk of hail and strong winds as well this afternoon. The threat for heavy rain and thunderstorms will persist right into Monday. This will be one of the most soggy June's we have had in Kemptville. As mentioned earlier 133mm and counting.
There are big events on this weekend such as Celebration 50 in Cornwall and the Seaway (The 50th anniversary of the flooding of the Seaway and lost villages) and Riverfest in Brockville. I wish I had better news.
Friday, June 27, 2008
A break between stroms in Kemptville yesterday
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A warmer and more humid air mass has moved into Kemptville and the Seaway Valley today. Expect temperatures to rise to near 30C in many regions, with the risk of some showers or even a thunderstorm into tonight. The risk for thunderstorms will be higher on Thursday afternoon. At this time severe weather is unlikely but you never know, it is summer.
I have made a few changes on the Blog and will continue to make more in an effort to improve the site. I am approaching 8600 hits and want to thank everyone for reading. I enjoy the weather so much and having an audience to share my passion with is awesome. There is a new Blog List down the side as well as my Photo Album of weather and other pictures, and a link to YouTube weather videos. Enjoy and thanks again...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Valley Weather Photos: Roadblocks were set up quickly after the Scotia Bank in Kemptville was robbed this morning.
Monday, June 23, 2008
This was issued by Environment Canada just a few minutes ago. Heavy thunderstorms have been training across the Kemptville area for the last hour. The main threat in our region has been heavy rain and dangerous lightning. Several of the storms have exhibited rotation, but no funnel clouds have been reported. Be safe.....updates will follow and warnings and radar are available down the left side of the page.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED For Kemptville BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA BULLETIN ISSUED AT: 2:56 PM EDT MONDAY 23 JUNE 2008 AT 2:40 PM RADAR SHOWS STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER PORTIONS OF THE ABOVE REGIONS. THE STORMS ARE MOVING EASTWARD OR SOUTHEASTWARD AT 30 KM/H AND HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE LARGE HAIL AS WELL AS TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS. SEVERAL LOCALES HAVE REPORTED FUNNEL CLOUDS INCLUDING TORONTO WINDSOR LEAMINGTON AND ESSEX. A WEAK TORNADO IS POSSIBLE FROM THESE STORMS HOWEVER THE MAIN THREAT IS LARGE HAIL VERY HEAVY RAINFALL LOCALIZED STRONG WINDS AND INTENSE CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING.
The atmosphere is very unstable in Kemptville and eastern Ontario at this hour. Rain has been falling most of the overnight and morning and now the sun is breaking through. We can expect thunderstorms to develop early this afternoon from south to north in the warm, humid air. Some of these storms will become severe, with hail possible. Yesterday a funnel cloud was spotted by the OPP near London prompting Environment Canada to issue tornado warnings for the region. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect at this time for most of southern and eastern Ontario. I expect these will be expanded to include the Ottawa Valley and southern Quebec shortly.
Friday, June 20, 2008
First Day of Summer
It is here, arguably the best day of the year. Summer arrives at 7:59pm tonight here in the east. I love summer! I love heat and humidity and thunderstorms. As a kid it was winter, but once I started driving I began to hate the snow, later the cold, and now I just loath winter. Give me sunshine, beaches, bicycles and more. I will take 30C over -10C any day.
Sadly the weather has had a tough go of it this week. We had more heavy rain yesterday in Kemptville. Over one inch of rain (25mm) fell bringing the monthly total up and over 90mm. It has been wet. There are no signs of it drying out in the near future. The air mass remains unstable, and we can expect more showers and thunderstorms by this afternoon once again, and each afternoon through Monday.
The heavy rain may have played a roll in a very serious accident in Kemptville yesterday at the dangerous intersection of County Road 43 and Sommerville Road. The 4:20 pm collision involved as many as four vehicles with several people being transported to hospital, one by air ambulance. KFD and OPP along with Leeds and Grenville Paramedics responded to the scene. Our reporter Chris Hofley also was on site and snapped some great shots including the two above.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
We have been dealing with a pesky low pressure system in the upper atmosphere since Monday here in eastern Ontario. The storm system is slowly spinning its way westward towards the Ottawa Valley. In most circumstances this area of low pressure would have been long gone by now, but with very little in the way of steering and movement aloft, the low pressure area is hanging around and even retrograding, (a fancy way of saying it is moving the wrong way). The low pressure has resulted in numerous days of heavy showers and embedded thunderstorms. The cold nature of the low pressure area has kept temperatures down, and even produced small hail in many of the storms. Kemptville has received 66mm of rain so far this month, as of 2am this morning, with half of that in the last 4 days. Expect rain today, all day long, and a risk of showers right through the weekend. It will slowly warming to 23 or 24C by Sunday. The weekend will not be a wash out with some sunny breaks occurring.
While annoying, it is a far cry from the pounding storms and rain that have flooded the Midwest US. The flood of 2008 is heading south down the Mississippi River, flooding thousands of acres of farmland and homes and eclipsing the high water marks set by the "once in a lifetime flood of 1993" Time to rename that event I would say....
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Celtics champs again!
What can you say, it seemed like destiny on this mid June night. The Boston Celtics crushed the LA Lakers 131-92 in game six of the best of seven series. So on June 17th, the Celtics claimed there 17th NBA Championship 4-2. It brought back memories of the 1986 win, when I was so much younger. After being at the bottom of the league last year with only 24 wins they improved to 66-16 this season and captured the title. It has been a long time and was sweet to watch!
Pictures and more at http://www.nba.com/celtics/
Monday, June 16, 2008
Environment Canada has posted a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Eastern and Southern Ontario including Kemptville, into this evening. Embedded in the watch area are Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Sharbot Lake northeast towards Renfrew and Arnprior. These storms are quite intense on radar and slipping east and northeast. They will affect many of the same areas that were hit yesterday. A glance at radar is showing particularly strong returns, so look for heavy rain, dangerous lightning, high winds, and even hail.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
A line of severe thunderstorms currently stretching from Cornwal north is expected to pass over Montreal in the next hour. These storms have a history of severe weather including wind damage and hail. In upstate New York gusts to near 60mph were reported with damage. There is even the risk of a tornado in southern Quebec.
In Ontario the first line is well east of our region. A second line of thunderstorms along the cold front is expected to develop soon. A Watch remains in effect for Kemptville, Ottawa and the Seaway.
Kemptville, Eastern Ontario and Upstate New York are in a moderate zone for severe thunderstorms today. The storms will fire up in the very hot and humid air mass in place in our regions. It is currently 22C in Kemptville, (28C in my apartment, oh my!) with a humidex over 30C. A cold front will trigger the storms from noon till after supper across the region. The risk is very real for heavy rain, dangerous lightning, strong winds, hail and even a weak tornado.
Check back to this sight today for updated warnings which will appear in text or in the links on the left hand side, or listen to your favorite radio. Keep an eye on the sky today, be safe.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Above: The heat was on in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend. The top photo is a developing thunderstorm late Sunday afternoon over the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Searing heat continues
Friday, June 06, 2008
into eastern Ontario
The hot and humid weather has moved into Toronto and southern Ontario, where the temperature is up to 33C, but it remains in the low twenties in eastern Ontario northeast of the warm front. Expect some showers and thunderstorms this afternoon on increasing southwest winds along with a steady increase in heat and humidity. Severe weather is occurring in southwest Ontario and Michigan. Tornado watches have been posted for the entire state of Michigan along with embedded warnings. It will remain hot and muggy all weekend with scattered thunderstorms.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
The change will be abrupt as we move from spring into summer. Very warm temperatures in the low thirties and high humidity will move humidex values to over 40C tomorrow and over the weekend. The advisory is for south central and southwest Ontario but values here in the east will approach 40C, or just below advisory criteria. Drink plenty of fluids and guard against the heat. Keep an eye on the very young, old and your pets as well.
Special Weather Statement here
Warm & humid summer
Environment Canada has had a stellar year at long term forecasts. They predicted our snowy, "old fashioned" winter and nailed the cool and damp spring. And now....get ready for a hot summer. The 3 month forecast recently released is calling for very hot and humid weather across Ontario and Quebec through August. Most of the country as a matter of fact will be warmer than average. You will not have to wait too long for this to take effect. The forecast for this upcoming weekend is warm and humid. While there are numerous showers and thunderstorms expected in the tropical like airmass, it will not be a wash out. The muggy weather begins today with a high of 25-27C in most areas and humidex values approaching 30C.
On Friday and through the weekend daytime highs will be 30-32C with humidex values approaching 40C!
Remember winter, you know that big snowstorm that closed highways and dumped 50cm in one shot, yeah neither do I!
Be safe drink lots of water and get the A/C up an running.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Isolated strong thunderstorms
Strong thunderstorms are crossing the region this afternoon and are moving into Kemptville at this hour. Expect lightning and gusty winds with a brief period of heavy rain before they slide into the Seaway. A special weather statement has been issued: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/SWS_bulletins_e.html?prov=on
On the weekend very heavy rain fell in many parts of Ontario and Quebec. Over 37mm fell in Kemptville, that was over half our May total in one day. About twice that fell south of Montreal in Huntingdon. The result was flash flooding of many basements, the second time this has occurred in less than a year. The Quebec government had promised to replace the aging sewer system in the Village, but has yet to do so.
A tornado occurred in southern Manitoba over the weekend near Niverville, close to the North Dakota border (see above). The storm was on the ground for about 8 minutes and produced only minor damage, and no injuries.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic basin began June 1, and right on schedule was the first storm of the season, Arthur. The weak system slid across the Yucatan peninsula and into the Bay of Campeche before dissipating to a depression.