Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Storms miss Montreal...again

Photo of what looks like a small funnel cloud late Tuesday afternoon near Beloil, on the south shore of Montreal. (Photo Kevin Avila via Quebec Vortex)
In a theme that has played out for most of this summer, thunderstorms that developed Tuesday afternoon, skirted the city of Montreal. I have not done a tally but I assure you it is no greater than 5 thunderstorms that I have seen across L'Ile Perrot this summer. Some other regions of the province, in Ontario and across northern New England have seen that in one weekend. Call it luck, good or bad depending on how you feel about thunderstorms, (I happen to like them) but that has been the reality this summer. The few showers that did dot the city yesterday afternoon produced a couple of paltry millimeteres of rain (1.6mm to be exact at Trudeau Airport, just a trace on L'Ile Perrot) and a rumble or two of thunder across the south shore. One late afternoon storm did produce somewhat of a funnel cloud near Beloil in the Monteregie, captured above. Big storms did occur once again Tuesday across eastern New York into Vermont. Pea to quarter size hail was reported south of Burlington at several locations along with heavy rain and in one report a downed tree.

Today will be much quieter across the entire NY/QC/ON region with sunshine, perhaps a few clouds and highs near 25C (77F). Increasing clouds tonight with lows near 15C (59F). On Thursday partly sunny, warmer and more humid with showers and thunderstorms developing after lunch and a high near 26C (79F). The balance of the week into the weekend looks sunny, warm (29C) and dry at this time.

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