Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Another Montreal earthquake & no snow just yet

The two big items this morning are the 4.2 earthquake that rattled the Montreal region overnight and the removal of the words storm and snow from our forecast this week.

We had yet another earthquake in the Montreal region early this morning, the 2nd in one month and fourth since the summer. This one was centered about 6km southwest of Hawkesbury, Ontario measuring 4.2 and was felt across the metro Montreal region, but especially in the Vaudreuil/Dorion area. I felt this one as I was already wide awake. It lasted around 15 seconds starting with a low but distinct rumble at 4:06am and lasting at least 15 seconds at my location on L'Ile Perrot. There were no reports of damage or injuries, but lots of creaking from my house, not a pleasant sound at 4 in the morning.

The other news is the potential Nor'Easter that forecasters thought might bring our first snow of the season. It now appears that the low pressure will take a track well offshore, sparing inland areas of western New England, Ontario and Quebec from any inclement weather at all. It will remain clear and chilly with a northeast wind through Thursday, but no snow or rain for our area. With a track further offshore the worst of the weather sadly will affect the same area that was devastated by super storm Sandy. Strong winds and high surf will affect an area from Virginia north to New England beginning late Wednesday. Coastal flood watches as well as high wind watches have already been hoisted for the storm battered coastal areas from New Jersey to Cape Cod.

This morning is the coldest yet this season with temperatures down to -7C in Ottawa and -5C in Montreal. Much colder reading have been observed off island. There is even a little light snow or flurries in places as there was on Monday. The flurries left a white coating on the roofs and cars here on L'Ile Perrot.

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