Sunday, May 31, 2009

Where is summer?

7pm UPDATE: My good friend in Merrickville, ON, Ryan B sent me these 2 pictures (above) of hail this afternoon. Several thunderstorms produced small hail in many areas. There was even some snow in western Quebec and across the higher elevations of the Adirondacks in NY.

Frost and freeze warnings dot this map from the National Weather Service. Is it June or October?

The cool & wet weather this weekend has continued the trend established very early in May. With the month drawing to a close, the average temperature here in Montreal for May 2009 is 12.6C, a full degree below the normal. At this hour it is a ridiculous 6C outside with light rain and gusty northwest winds over 40km/h. The temperature has been falling all day since a cold front passed the region overnight, including a six degree drop since noon. Kemptville dropped all the way to 5C at 2pm but has since "warmed" to 10C. Spotty showers and even some small hail and thunder have been reported with the unstable and cold air mass. The front has left us with very chilly air that will result in clearing skies tonight and frost in many regions to greet the start of June. The normal high for May 31 should be 23C. Warnings are out south of the border as well as for west Quebec.

Below: Strong winds stir up the St. Lawrence River behind a cold frontal passage today. SB Pic

The cool weather will continue this week with temperatures around the 20C mark by late in the week. Showers are possible on Tuesday with sunny skies expected expected before more rain next weekend.

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