Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
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Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
1:00PM Update: Tropical Storm Hanna has formed 300 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands. Hanna may threaten the Bahamas and the US Mainland from Florida to the Carolinas next week.
10:35am Update: A NOAA recon aircraft has reported that Gustav has intensified and now has 70mph winds. A Hurricane Warning is now in effect for Jamaica.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Here is a Tropical Storm Fay update. The system has been downgraded to a tropical depression after saturating the southeast and Gulf coast states with rain. Over 25 inches fell in Melbourne Beach, Florida with 10-15 inches across the rest of the gulf region. Flooding is severe and widespread. Fay is expected to begin slowly drifting north. This morning she is located 75 miles south of Jackson, Mississippi. We can expect some rain from the remnants by Thursday. In the meantime a NOAA Recon plane is expected to fly into some disturbed weather near Jamaica today. A system is showing strong indications it will become Gustav within the next couple of days. Well we get rid of one and here comes the next storm!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
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As expected tropical storm Fay formed over the weekend south of Cuba and is now crossing the island nation. Heavy rains have produced flash floods, killing 5 people. A tropical storm warning is out for the south coast of Florida including Miami and the Florida Keys. A hurricane warning may be needed later today. As the storm moves back over the open waters of the Florida straits, Fay is expected to strengthen and could become a category 1 hurricane later today as she moves along the west coast of the sunshine state. The threat to the northeast coast of the US is gone as Fay has taken a more westerly track. She will however produce flash flooding from western Georgia into the Carolina's by Wednesday.
Friday, August 15, 2008
**I usually wait before posting on anything a computer model has to say a week or more out, but with all the travel too and from the east coast beaches at this time of year by residents of Ontario and Quebec, I thought it was important to sound the alarm.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The upper level low has moved southeast off the mid-Atlantic coast, good for us. Some more unsettled weather will slip across our regions late today and again on the weekend, but the trend is for more sun than cloud and only a few scattered thunderstorms. It will be warming up as well, close top 80F (27C) by Monday...yeah!!!
Watching the tropical Atlantic, low pressure north of the Leeward Islands is showing signs of becoming a depression. A NOAA Recon aircraft will fly into the system today to check its intensity. We could be looking at Tropical Storm Fay by the weekend.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I just returned home from a short trip to Burlington, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain. The weather was, well, terrible, again. It rained each day, rather heavily with numerous severe thunderstorms. It has been the same old weather pattern for the better part of the last two months, with one upper level low after another spinning its way over the Great Lakes, and across the northeast. The persistent rain has saturated the soils in most of Vermont and northern New York as well as southern Quebec and parts of Ontario. Flooding has been a regular feature in Vermont and Quebec. While we were down in the US, flooding washed out several Vermont highways, damaged homes and cut power. Several counties have been declared federal disaster areas. At this hour we are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Ontario while upstate New York and Vermont is under a Flash Flood Watch. Today's storms are expected to linger into Monday before ending late in the day. The potential exists in all regions for another 25-50mm of rain or 1-2 inches. More flooding is possible.
Monday, August 04, 2008
I have a few odds and ends to clear up on this Civic Holiday Monday in Ontario. It is a partly sunny and warmer day, but not without scattered showers again. This will be another unsettled week, with showers and thunderstorms each day till Friday at least.
First and the most important is Tropical Storm Edouard. The storm is moving along the Louisiana coast today and is expected to move into extreme southeast Texas on Tuesday. The storm may reach hurricane strength. In any event rough seas, coastal flooding and about 10 inches of rain are forecast for the area. This is the same region that was affected by both Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Showers and thunderstorms continued in rain ravaged Quebec and Ontario today. The rain in Quebec has turned deadly with two fatalities reported from the flash flooding in the eastern part of the province. Roads have been washed away and homes damaged. Flooding in Montreal on Saturday caused millions of dollars in damages. The heavy rain has also produced serious flooding in New Brunswick.
• Below are some photos I took of the historic Nascar race in Montreal this weekend. They show the second place car of Patrick Carpentier and the top photo is of the pace car leading the field past our vantage point in the rain. It was the first time a points paying event was held in the rain for any of the three major divisions of Nascar. Stock cars typically do not like rain!
The rain could hold off no longer! Lightning flashed just prior to the green flag and continued for hours.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I sat in the pouring rain, wrapped in a green garbage bag, trying to keep the scanner and camera dry. While we were troopers, PJ and me, as were the drivers, crews and ESPN, we just had to give up when the shower turned to an Ark-like downpour. While Dorval measured 4.8mm of rain, radar estimates put the east end thunderstorm amounts from the race track north in the 30-50mm range. The rain caused flooding in the Anjou/St. Leonard area of Montreal with many homes flooded and both Highways 25 & 40 closed.
Flooding was also reported in the eastern Townships of Quebec, eastern Quebec around the Charlevoix region, and Vermont. The forecast today...rain. Unreal! Enough already.