Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Weather pattern won't budge

More flooding in South Burlington, Vermont after thunderstorms on Saturday. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell on Burlington in June.
The same pattern that is ruining our summer so far, is producing record rainfall in the east and record heat across the west. There is plenty to talk about this morning, lets start with the rainfall for Montreal and across New England. June came to an end with more showers and thunderstorms including additional flooding in places like the Adirondacks of NY, Burlington, Vermont and even Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. Record rainfall for June was recorded in Massena/Cornwall with 7.72 inches for the month. Burlington, Vermont had its second wettest on record with nearly 10 inches of rain. Here in Montreal I recorded 170.9mm or nearly 6.75 inches for the month of June here on L'Ile Perrot. July sadly has started off much the same way with clouds and showers. We have just a couple of forest fires burning in Quebec at this time, across central areas of the province where it has been a little drier. That however is enough to send some smoke down to southern Quebec and into the Ottawa Valley this morning with very poor air quality. It will not be a great day with more cloud than sun and perhaps a shower or thunderstorm. Temperatures will be rather cool in Montreal with highs near 22C.

The same weather setup producing the rain in the east is driving record heat across the western US and north into Alberta and BC. On Monday temperatures soared into the mid 30's from interior BC into Alberta. Record highs were established in may locations including Edmonton at 27.4C, and Merritt, BC where it was nearly 37C (100F). More heat and humidity is forecast today across the west. This following the terrible floods in southern Alberta, where cleanup efforts continue in the hot weather.

The heat as extremely dry weather in the southwest US has created a very critical fire situation with many burning out of control. Temperatures have been as hot as 129F in the deserts of Nevada and California. It was such a wildfire in southern Arizona near the Town of Prescott that tragically claimed the lives of 19 firefighters on Sunday evening. The wind driven 13 square mile fire suddenly turned on the elite group of firefighters trapping them near the small town of Yarnell, 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

A hot and dry June has created critical fire weather in the western US including the Yarnell fire that killed 19 firefighters on Sunday. (AP Photo)

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