Monday, September 13, 2010

Thunderstorms today

Is this the deal of the week?
I snapped this picture of a 1930's clunker under grey, drizzly skies yesterday afternoon in Morrisburg, Ontario.

A cold front to the west of Montreal across central Ontario will drop across the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Valley's this afternoon with a good risk of thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be feisty with heavy rain, gusty winds and some small hail. It will be mild with temperatures near 20C. The rest of the week looks like a repeat of last week with unsettled conditions, some cloud, some sun and the ever present risk of showers. Temperatures will be a little below normal in the 15 to 18C range. There is even the risk of patchy frost across the Townships, Laurentians and the areas to the south in New York and Vermont by Thursday morning.

IGOR: The tropics remain active this morning with a very strong and large hurricane Igor and a new storm Julia. Igor is almost a category 5 this morning with 150mph winds and a central pressure of 935mb. The storm is moving west at 13mph and at this time is no threat to any land. Igor is well developed with a 15 mile wide eye. The outflow remains good and further strengthening is expected today. At the end of the three day forecast, wind shear may begin to weaken Igor as he moves to lie well south of Bermuda.

JULIA: Meanwhile Tropical Storm Julia formed south of the Cape Verde Islands this morning, roughly in the same region that has produced most of the storms this season. The storm with 40mph winds is about 85 miles west southwest of the southernmost island. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Caper Verde Islands as the storm moves west northwest at 14mph. Julia is forecast to strengthen further and head northwest. She could become a hurricane early this week.

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