Monday, October 01, 2012

October weather is here

Well it certainly feels like October this morning across southern Quebec and Eastern Ontario with temperatures around 11C and drizzle. We had a raw and chilly weekend with drizzle and northeast winds becoming a steady rain late Sunday afternoon and lasting well into the overnight. Officially we had 22.4mm at the airport to end the month with just over 30mm here on L'Ile Perrot. That brought our monthly total up to a respectable 103mm of just over 4 inches. All that fell on only 5 days, so the trend of a dry summer lasted into at least September. Such was not the case for other parts of the country with Halifax having its wettest September on record. A total of 386.8mm of rain fell on the city breaking the previous record of 308.7mm set in 1996. That total was oh so close to the all time wettest month on record of 387.1mm set in August of 1971.

The weeks looks showery but mild at least for early October. Today will be chilly with more showers as a stubborn and slow moving upper level low slides east of Montreal and into the Atlantic. The balance of the week will have intervals of sun and cloud with showers. I think there will be more cloud than sun but it will be mild with temperatures in the low 20's for highs and above 10C for lows. That will change by next weekend as a cold air mass begins to settle into he east. That cold has brought portions of Alaska and northern interior British Columbia their first snow of the season. Around 15cm fell in portions of southeast Alaska with 5 to 15cm forecast for the mountain passes of the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, BC.

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