|Thick smoke and flames from the Kirkland Lake forest fire. (CBC)|
On the other side of the country it is cold across the prairies with Regina sitting at 1C this morning and flurries in the air. Snow also fell across far northwest Ontario. Heavy rain is forecast from Montana across Saskatchewan over the weekend with as much as 25mm. Where they could use the rain is near Kirkland Lake, Ontario. A massive forest fire burning about 2700 hectares continues to test firefighters. Winds have been strong and temperatures warm under a nearly stationary high pressure area. Dense smoke from the blaze is affecting the Timmins area where a state of emergency has been declared.
Tropics: It is not unheard of the have such an early active tropical season in the Atlantic, but it is rare. Last weekend it was tropical storm Alberto which thankfully moved out to sea and dissipated. This week we are looking at an elongated area of low pressure off the coast of Florida that has deluged the state this week. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in south Florida with major flooding. The system is forecast to develop into a tropical storm this weekend and be named Beryl. The storm will move northeast and then back west towards the beaches of Georgia and the Carolina's. Remember it is the busy Memorial Day Weekend and the area will be very crowded. All interests should monitor the latest forecast for the area available HERE.
|Sat image of hurricane Bud approaching the southwest Mexican coast this morning.|