Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Within the last hour, as I was sitting down watching the bronze medal hockey game, a low rumble resembling that of a jet engine roared through the house in a wave of energy. On a day that has seen several major earthquakes around the world, the Ottawa Valley into the metro Montreal region was rattled by a 3.9 magnitude quake at 22:52 eastern time. The quake was centered near Lachute, Quebec on the Ottawa River about 45km northwest of my location. Earthquake Canada said the quake was felt, but there are no immediate reports of any damage. Meanwhile in Chile the death toll is over 300 from the 8.8 quake this morning. Other quakes have occurred today in northern California, Oklahoma and Japan among others.
**More information on the Tsunami can be found HERE
and on the Quake HERE.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Strong low pressure will very slowly fill over southeastern New York today, but not before dominating the weather today and into the weekend. Heavy wet snow fell in a wide swath from New York City north and west into southern Quebec and Ontario. Numerous roads were closed with many accidents on both sides of the border. In the last 3 days Montreal has had close to 30cm of wet snow, including 8cm yesterday. The heavy wet snow made last evenings rush hour challenging in the city. It was driven around by the increasing northeast winds. Winds will very slowly drop below warning criteria this morning, but remain high well into the evening. Radar is dry at the moment except for a few flurries over the city. Look for snow to increase in coverage from the south again later this afternoon for Montreal with another 5cm expected along with blowing snow tonight. Temperatures in Montreal will peak at 2C this morning and then slowly drop to 0C for the next day or so. Travel with great care today especially west into Ontario and south into New York. This storm hammered the northeast and New England with heavy wet snow, flooding rains, hurricane force winds and huge waves along the coast.
Highest Winds: Mt. Washington, NH 119mph, Salem, MA 77mph, Quebec City 60mph, Montreal 50mph.
Snow: Randolf, NH 24" (60cm), Montreal 12" (30cm)
Pressure: Martha's Vineyard, Mass near the center of the storm 975mb, by comparison Montreal also a very low 992mb.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Yesterday's system dumped about 20cm of wet snow on Montreal with over 30cm in Burlington, Vermont, and upwards of 50cm over the Townships. This next storm is off the coast of North Carolina this morning near Cape Hatteras. The system is expected to lift northward towards New York City by Friday morning while deepening dramatically. Central pressure is expected to lower to the 970mb range making it a top five winter storm. The heaviest of snow will fall from the Ontario border west while rain is expected in eastern New York and most of southern Quebec. The rain snow line will be very close to Montreal, so the forecast needs to be monitored.
The big weather news with this storm will be the wind. As the storm intensifies winds will come out of the northeast in Montreal and gust over 50km/h. They will increase to 80km/h in gusts tonight, and over 100km/h in the Quebec City region and along the spine of the Green Mountains in Vermont. The storm is expected to linger into this upcoming weekend with wind, flurries and showers. This is a fluid situation with this storm, so I will try to update the blog later today.
As far as warnings go, high wind warnings are in effect for Quebec City and the Beauce region with Winter Weather Advisories in effect for the St. Lawrence Valley of New York. High Wind Watches are also posted for Vermont. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for western and central New York and for the Niagara and Hamilton regions in Ontario.
Additional warnings may be posted later today.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Radar at 2pm is showing light to moderate snow falling from northern New York across eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec. Snow amounts range from 15cm in the Montreal region to as much as 50cm across the region. Over 10,000 homes are without power in Vermont. The snow will taper off to flurries and showers later today. More snow and strong winds are forecast for Thursday as another storm lifts north into the region. Major highways in Montreal are slushy and wet but all other roads are snow packed and icy, travel is not advised into the Townships or along Interstate 87 and 89 today as heavy snow continues to fall. Vermont and New York are forecasting 1 to 2 feet of wet snow.
They are expecting the third major storm this month.
11:30 am UPDATE: Warnings Extended into our region: Low pressure continues to move north into New England at 11:30am. Heavy snow is now falling in Montreal and warnings have been extended into the Ottawa Valley, Lachute and areas west and north of the city. Heavy Snow Warnings have also been posted for the 401 corridor from the Quebec Border to Prescott, Ontario and north to Highway 43. The snow will accumulate from 15-25cm today. Visibility is low and roads are snow packed and icy. The snow is very heavy and wet. More details later today.
As expected wet snow developed overnight across the region as low pressure moved into southern New England. The snow was the heaviest from Albany into the Catskills north into southern Vermont and the Green Mountains and into the eastern Townships. This morning travel is not recommended on Highway 10 east of Montreal towards Sherbrooke and south along Interstate 89. The snow has accumulated over 15cm with as much as 30cm reported. The heavy wet snow has brought down power lines, and dozens of schools are closed in Vermont and New York. There are reports of tractor trailers stuck on hills along the Eastern Townships Autoroute. Here in Montreal the snow has been much lighter, but roads are icy and snow packed and travel is slow. Around 5cm fell overnight with another 10cm or so expected today. The snow is very elevation dependent and very localized. Even on the Island of Montreal some places are reporting rain while not too far away it is snowing (L'Ile Perrot vs Dorval for example). Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect for Vermont, northern New York, the Townships and Laurentians through tonight.
Our attention will then turn to the next storm developing across the southern plain states. This system will follow a similar path up into southern New England. Heavy snow will fall along and to the west of the storm track from New Jersey and Delaware north into New York and Vermont. Winds will be very strong with this next storm and warnings may be needed. We will clear this storm out of the way today and then deal with the next system. Expect more rain and snow with strong winds to move into Montreal and southern Quebec by late Thursday. Amounts will be difficult to forecast with plenty of warm air arriving with the storm.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Low pressure that moved to our south overnight dumped between 2 and 5cm of wet snow on the region. The snow has since tapered off but will begin again after midnight tonight. Low pressure is expected to deepen along the east coast of the US and move north towards Long Island tonight, and eventually into northern New England. A wide swath of moisture will fall along and to the west of the storm track. At present, Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for Vermont and New Hampshire westward into eastern New York, with Winter Weather Advisories for the St. Lawrence Valley of New York. No warnings have been issued yet for Quebec or Ontario. Snow is expected to accumulate 10 to 20cm across the Warning area with 5-15cm elsewhere including Montreal. The snow will mix with rain on Wednesday. I will update this storm again later today.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
here in Beaconsfield this morning. ValleyWX Pic
Who knew that all we had to do to get snow here in Montreal was talk about how little has fallen in February. As expected a frontal trough of low pressure pinwheeled its way from the northeast around strong low pressure in Atlantic Canada. What was not expected was the level of enhancement as the trough crossed our region. Steady snow began last night and has just started to taper off this morning. Officially at the airport close to 6cm has fallen or double our monthly snowfall to date. There was even more off island to the southwest where I estimated 7 or more centimetres when I left the house at 6:30 this morning. The wind and "fluff factor" added to the snow depth. I expect close to 10cm may be the final tally in many regions again especially off island to the south and west, along with blowing snow as winds increase out of the northwest from 30-50km/h. Travel is slow this morning with rush hour resembling that of the first snowfall of the season and not a February snow. The weekend will be cloudy and fairly mild with a good chance of flurries. Next week looks interesting with several storms possibly affecting the region with snow. I will post more on that later today. For the moment if you are travelling allow extra time as roads are snow covered and visibility is lowered.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This may be one of the dullest weather periods in my 25 plus years of tracking weather. Just how dull has it been? Day after day of partly cloudy skies with a flurrie or two and moderate temperatures has left us with just 2.8cm of snow for the month of February. Records will be broken if that value holds. It is neither cold nor warm, there has been day after day of stagnant air with very little "weather" to speak of. I hate that term, "no weather" I don't like it when it is used, but really February has been nearly void of active weather in Montreal. This morning low pressure is spinning over Newfoundland and sending a trough over the region. Winds will increase from the northwest and gust to 50km/h with a couple of centimetres of snow overnight tonight and into Friday morning. It will remain unsettled but mild with flurries through the weekend.
A quick comparison between Baltimore and Montreal for snowfall this season. (Baltimore is in brackets) For February: Montreal 2.8cm, Baltimore (125 cm), January: 44.8cm (6cm), December 56.4cm (58cm) and November 5.4cm (0cm). Despite the slow start for Baltimore they win hands down.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Temperatures will continue to be very mild for February running close to the freezing point and no colder than -5C at night. The mild and dull trend will last well into this upcoming weekend. Our snow has dwindled down to a few inches scattered about, and most of it is icy and dirty. The snow is not very good for outdoor activities. We could use some new powder.
Friday, February 12, 2010
So today - partly cloudy and then the balance of the weekend cloudy with scattered snow showers. It will remain chilly. We may end up with several centimetres by the time the weekend is over. Newfoundland, and parts of Nova Scotia and PEI are receiving freezing rain from this system along with very strong winds. Along the Labrador coast, it is snow and blowing snow.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"It's hard to find anything in the
history books of these types of storms back to back."
- National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Konarik
There are so many numbers that I could use to quantify just how unusual and severe this past week has been from Washington to New York. I have decided to look at hard hit Baltimore (shown above yesterday). That city normally has 18 inches of snow for the season (less than 50 cm). In back to back storms over the past 4 days they have accumulated over 42 inches of snow. Their seasonal total is now well over 70 inches, more than any other season on record dating back to 1893. The previous record was 63 inches set in 1995-96. Combine that with fierce winds of over 40mph and you have truly a Storm of the Century, maybe the last 2 Centuries. Maryland and New Jersey along with southeast Pennsylvania and Delaware were the hardest hit areas once again from yesterdays storm. Snow totals ranged from 1 to 2 feet for most locations including a foot in New York City. Amounts tapered off quickly north of metro New York into Connecticut as the storm pulled out to sea. Maryland has been in the ideal location for this storm track. Copious moisture pulling in off the Atlantic meeting just enough cold air and strong northerly winds. Schools remain closed statewide today. The federal government is also shut down for the 4th straight day at an estimated cost of 100 million a day in lost revenue (their numbers not mine).
Another storm sliding into the Pacific coast will affect the same region by early next week. Montreal will remain on the far northern edge of this system once again with just flurries and low clouds expected. Our snow drought continues, as we are stuck at 2cm for the month. The reality is that is is colder in Washington D.C. with more snow than most of Canada including fair and warm Vancouver, where a lack of snow is a real problem for the upcoming Olympics. Snow is being trucked in...unreal!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Windsor, Ontario this afternoon is down to 1km visibility in snow and blowing snow with 15-25cm expected. They will be the only region along with the immediate Lake Erie shoreline in Ontario and Quebec to be affected by the latest winter storm. This storm comes rapidly on the heels of this past weekends record breaking blizzard. Some streets have yet to be plowed across the middle Atlantic and airports were just getting back to normal. Power remains out in many locations as this next storm bears down on the region. Snow is expected from Virginia's eastern shore across the DC metro area and northward into New York and southern New England. With a track further north, New York City will be affected this time with up to 30cm expected. Travel once again in the busy northeast corridor will be severely impacted just as it was returning to normal. Coastal areas will have a mix of precipitation, but will, have to deal with high surf and strong winds. The storm is expected to move towards Atlantic Canada by Thursday. Winter Storm Watches at this point are in effect towards Boston.
We are not expecting any snow or weather from this system as the snow drought in Montreal continues. So far in February Montreal has recorded only 2cm of snow or less than 1 inch. On average we should have over 45cm for the month.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
Meanwhile that storm will become a powerhouse with heavy snow and blizzard conditions from New Jersey across Delaware and into Maryland and northern Virginia. This area has had more snow than Montreal, and will add another 18-24 inches with strong winds. Coastal flooding will compound the snow along the Jersey and Delaware coasts. If I had the time I know where I would be this weekend!
The storm is forecast to dump heavy rain south of that line into the Carolinas and Georgia. Further south in Superbowl and NASCAR land the weather looks ideal in Miami and Daytona, sunny and mild.
Travel will become impossible in many places including Jersey City, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore beginning today. Many flights have been cancelled already. The snow will spread north into New York City Saturday but remain well south of our region and northern New England as the storm slides out to sea well south of Long Island.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Meanwhile low pressure developing over the Gulf of Mexico will move along the Texas coast and into the Southeast. This storm will produce heavy rain(2-5 inches) in the Gulf States with another snowstorm developing north of the system in Virginia, Tennessee and the middle Atlantic states by Friday. This storm has the potential to hinder travel across the southern and eastern part of the US into the weekend.
No major weather is expected in the near future for Montreal or Ontario.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
There is the sunrise, send the news to the printer, So I see my shadow, Six more weeks of Winter!
On this Groundhog Day and despite the presence of cloud cover, Phil in western Pennsylvania has seen his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. We are still waiting for Wiarton Willie on the Bruce Peninsula to make his Canadian prediction which usually is available after 8am.
Here is the official word from Punxsutawney Phil
(at right from visitPA.com)
The Prognosticator of Prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed, "If you want to know next, you must read my text. As the sky shines bright above me, my shadow I see beside me.
So six more weeks of winter it will be."
Monday, February 01, 2010
**Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. All eyes will be on Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and Willie on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario for their predictions. Very simple, see the shadow, 6 more weeks of winter, no shadow early spring. As I always say, either way would be a bonus for us here in Montreal and eastern Ontario. If winter ended in six weeks that would be about 4 weeks ahead of normal!
Click WILLIE or PHIL to follow along.