Monday, May 07, 2012

Awesome Monday - rainy week

The super moon rising over Montreal Saturday. (The Weather Network)
It is a chilly morning across the region with temperatures close to the freezing point and some scattered frost in rural regions of northern New England and Southern Quebec. Here in Montreal we managed to avoid the frost as temperatures remained around 5C. We have since rapidly risen to 8C under warm sunshine and that trend will continue all day with highs around 21C. Sadly it will be the best day of the work week. Low pressure in the northern plains will move east and increase clouds across Ontario and Quebec this evening. That will be followed by abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture and steady rain all day Tuesday. Look for amounts of 20 to 30mm or either side of 1 inch of rain. Excellent for the grass and flowers, not so for outdoor activities. Clouds and showers and perhaps even some thunder will prevail for the balance of the week with clearing arriving by next weekend. It will be mild today, but chilly under clouds and rain on Tuesday with highs no better than 13C. Winds will also increase with this system out of the northeast to 40km/h.

It was a busy weather weekend across the country with snow and wind in southwest Saskatchewan and in the Calgary area with as much as 10cm reported. In Montreal we had a beautiful but chilly weekend with ideal conditions to watch the super moon rise over the city on Saturday night. The full flower moon was 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. The cosmic show was brought about by what NASA described as the moons closest approach to earth while being in the full phase.

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