Thursday, January 30, 2014

Warmer weather for Montreal

We are finally going to see a warming trend over the next 48 hours with a broad southwest flow bringing in a much needed break from the frigid cold. Today will be a rather docile day with a few flurries around and partly cloudy skies. Montreal should make it to -6C, we are currently -13C. Winds will be lighter today, thankfully, after three days of blowing and drifting snow across areas highways. The break from the wind will be short lived as a southwest flow up to 50km/h will develop this evening ahead of a weak front. Some light snow overnight and Friday is possible with perhaps 1-3cm. Temperatures on Friday and over the weekend will be even milder, getting close to the freezing point. Another frontal boundary and low pressure area will cross southern Quebec late Saturday with perhaps some measurable snow. At this time it looks like 5-10cm before skies clear out for the big event Sunday, no not the Superbowl, Groundhog Day!

This has to be one of my favorite shots form the southern snowstorm. It is a picture of a wild horse along the northern Outer Banks on the Atlantic Ocean near Corolla, North Carolina. I have my own pictures I have taken of the horses but none this beautiful. (OBX Facebook Page)
The deep south, particularly Atlanta, is still trying to recover from the icy 5-8cm (2-3") "snowstorm" on Tuesday. Thousands were trapped in their cars or forced to sleep in big box stores like Home Depot and Publix overnight. Many school children spent two nights at school. In a laughable twist, the Mayor of Atlanta and Governor of Georgia are trying to blame The National Weather Service for the fiasco on the highways. Nice try, but the timeline shows the warnings and forecast were nearly perfect. Weather forecasting is not black or white, there is often a large grey area. In any event they have to look elsewhere for the blame, it was not the forecasters this time.

No comments: