Friday, May 24, 2013

Major flooding in Vermont

Heavy rain continued on Thursday along a stationary front just southeast of Montreal. Thunderstorms trained along that front producing another day of record rainfall for Burlington, Vermont. The result was an additional 2.5 inches (approx 62mm) of rainfall on top of the close to 1.5 inches (approx 40mm) on Wednesday. Major flash flooding has occurred, especially in Underhill and Essex. Flood warnings remain in effect for portions of Vermont today with numerous roads washed out or closed. Montreal by comparison had about 7mm of rain from midday thunderstorms, while Sherbrooke had 38mm. The news for the weekend is not so good anymore. A cold front that swept southern Quebec late in the day will settle into southern New England. Along that front, low pressure is forecast to develop near Cape Cod. Moisture from that storm will keep clouds and showers all weekend in the region with heavy rain and the potential for more flooding in Vermont. 

Route 15 in Essex, Vermont. (Burlington Free Press)
Montreal will not have as much rain as New England but I think it will be cloudy and wet Saturday before it tries to clear out Sunday. The temperatures will be well below normal for late May, downright cold. It is currently only 7C (45F) here on L'Ile Perrot, it was 21C yesterday morning. It will not warm much today with clouds, a cold north wind and showers. Temperatures will try to moderate over the weekend.

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