Friday, September 09, 2011

Weekend Update

Major flooding in northern Virginia (Washington Post)

High pressure will settle into Quebec and Ontario this weekend giving us a sunny and seasonable weekend. Temperatures will be warm today at 26C, but lower into the 18 to 20C range for daytime highs this weekend. Overnight lows will be chilly under moonlit skies between 5 and 9C. The full harvest moon will occur on Monday.

HEATWAVE: The west is enjoying what could be their final shot at summer. temperatures soared into the 30's across Alberta and Saskatchewan including a record breaking 34C at Saskatoon. At least two more hot days are on tap for the region before a cold front ushers in much cooler September air by Monday. Edmonton could break a 20 year record today with the temperature expected above 31C. The region had a dismal summer with lots of rain and cool weather.

Hurricane Katia is well south of Nova Scotia this morning and expected to remain well offshore. However Environment Canada is predicting waves and a swell of 15 to 20 feet along the immediate south facing coastlines. They are advising anyone venturing into the area to so with great care. Nate remains a nearly stationary off the Mexican Coast, but is expected to slowly drift towards Veracruz while becoming a hurricane. Maria is expected to move into the Lesser Antilles today as a tropical storm.

FLOODING: Major flooding continues in the Northeast as rivers crest from heavy rain created by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Some areas have had 20 inches of rain from both storms. Major flooding this week is occurring from Northern Virginia and Washington DC, north into Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York including Binghampton and the Susquehanna Valley. Thousands have been forced to evacuate and the death toll is at 5. Meanwhile the damage clean up from Irene continues in hard hit Vermont and New York. Some rivers in both states recorded there highest floods in recorded modern history.

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