|Above: This fire spread rapidly from a small bonfire to one consuming several hectares on Mont St Gregroire Friday night. No outdoor burning should be done this week in Quebec, as seen below my region remains under an extreme fire alert. CBC News|
The dry warm weather has prompted another unusual special weather statement from Environment Canada this morning, one for dust devils. These are thermal whirlwinds that develop on warm summer afternoons when it is very dry out with low relative humidity. They swirl briefly up and can blow around debris or even move small objects. They resemble tornadoes in there structure, but on a very, very mirco scale. They usually dissipate in seconds. We have all seen them before in schoolyards as kids or perhaps across a WalMart parking lot blowing dust and paper around and then disappearing as fast as they came. I have never read a statement for them however. Just part of this bizarre spring. How bizarre? On the weekend most places in southern Quebec were at least 10 degrees warmer than locations across the southern US. That portion of the country has been plagued by a stubborn upper level slow. The cold core system has produced hail, flurries, frost and record cold from Kansas and Texas into the southeast. Portions of south Texas along the Gulf Coast were colder than southern Quebec this weekend.