Monday, July 26, 2010

Pleasent Monday

Damage from an F-0 tornado in Amherstburg, Ontario on Friday. (Windsor Star)

I apologize for no updates to the blog over the weekend. No excuses really, I was just catching up on chores around the house. Speaking of which, Saturday morning I worked on our hedges and lawn. It was by far the most humid day of this hot summer. I had to stop repeatedly to have some water and even douse myself with the hose. The temperature was close to 27C in Montreal, but the humidity was a sticky 90% with dew points well above 20C and humidex readings close to 36C. Despite all the heat and humidity all we manged to squeeze out of the clouds was a few showers. Sunday was much cooler, drier and breezy. Today, and most of this week will be sunny and warm with temperatures near 30C. Overnight lows will be near 20C.

The severe weather was held primarily across the Midwest US and briefly into southwestern Ontario. An F-0 tornado touched down to Amherstburg, Ontario near Windsor. The storm did damage to some homes and snapped some trees and power lines crushing several vehicles. Meanwhile heavy rain across the Midwest caused major flooding in Milwaukee and Chicago. Up to 10 inches of rain feel across the region inundating numerous municipalities, trapping motorists in their cars and cutting power. The water is slowly receding today. A dam failed north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and destroyed several homes. No injuries were reported.

Finally Tropical Storm Bonnie was thankfully a non-event. After producing heavy rain and gusty winds over south Florida the system meandered into the Gulf and slowly began to fill. She became nothing more than a tropical rainstorm affecting the Florida panhandle, Mississippi and Alabama.

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