The Alberta flooding is just devastating as an upper level low stalled over the foothills has produced close to 200mm (8 inches) of rain since Wednesday. The sun is out this morning in Calgary but the air remains moist and unstable with a good chance of afternoon thunderstorms. No rain at this time is welcome. The swollen Elbow and Bow Rivers swallowed up chunks of downtown Calgary and surrounding neighborhoods on Friday including the famed Saddledome and grounds for the upcoming Calgary Stampede. The city and province have mobilized forces including 1200 Canadian Army troops as more than 300,000 people have been moved to higher ground. The flooding has also claimed at least three lives in heavily damaged High River south of Calgary. The flooded region stretches from Canmore east through Calgary to Medicine Hat and south the Montana border.
|Above images are Downtown Calgary on Friday (Canadian Press photos)|
We are into a long weekend here in Quebec, call it what you want, it is a day off. Today is rather warm and muggy with showers and perhaps a thunderstorm as a warm front crosses the valley. This will set the stage for the first real blast of heat and humidity across Ontario and Quebec. Temperatures will be near 30C on Sunday with partial sunshine, and into the 30's Monday. Humidex values will be into the high 30's in Montreal perhaps near 40C in southwest Ontario. There will be a chance of thunderstorms each afternoon in the sultry air. The nights will be warm as well, near 21C (70F).