Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First Frost

The evidence was on my windshield this morning

In keeping with my not prepared for winter mode, I was caught without my scraper and gloves this morning as temperatures dipped to the freezing point on Ile Perrot. We had our first frost of the season joining many other regions outside of Metro Montreal. It remained above freezing at Dorval on the island with 2C but dipped well below freezing to -2 in Cornwall. Kemptville was well above freezing as a layer of cloud cover stopped the temperature from falling below 4C overnight.

The long weekend was spectacular across Quebec, Ontario and New England with mild temperatures and abundant sunshine. The work week will start the same with high pressure in control. Sunshine today with a high near 13C in the region. Clear skies and more frost tonight with lows around 1C in Montreal and colder in the rural regions. Tomorrow low pressure will approach from the south with increasing clouds and showers by evening. We can expect rain to end the week with even a period of wet snow late Friday night across the highest elevations of the Townships, New York and New England.

It was a very warm Monday across the middle Atlantic yesterday with Washington DC reaching 30C. The heat produced some wild late season thunderstorms across New Jersey and southern New York. The Monday Night Football game between the NY Jets and Minnesota Vikings was delayed nearly 45 minutes because of lightning. The storms dumped hail in mid town New York and Brooklyn with several inches reported on the ground in places.

Hurricane Paula
We have another named storm in the tropics this morning. Hurricane Paula developed overnight and is 190 miles south southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. The system is moving northwest at 10mph with 75mph winds. Heavy rain and pounding surf can be expected along the Yucatan coast and western Cuba with warnings in place including Cancun. The storm is expected to meander in the region for the entire week with very little movement. Rain and rough seas may affect the Florida Keys by later in the week.

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