Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Meanwhile the sun is shinning here on the Outer Banks today and it is 83F at 10am. Some storms are developing over the sound to our west in the warm and humid air. Yesterday one of my favorite beaches, Cape Hatteras light in Buxton was named the Top 5 beach in the US by Dr Beach. You can read all about it HERE. Ironically right about the time they were releasing the top 10 list yesterday, I was enjoying the surf at that location and taking pictures of the famed lighthouse shown above
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Low pressure is approaching southern Quebec from the Midwest tonight. It is the same system that has been devastating big portions of the US Midwest and southern plains. Since the weekend tornadoes have killed over 135 and injured thousands from Oklahoma and Arkansas into Missouri and north towards Minnesota.
Smoke and haze across the Roanoke Sound in Nags Head, North Carolina. (ValleyWeather)
North Carolina: The weather here on the Outer Banks has been hot. Near record breaking temperatures in the mid 80's have been accompanied by high humidity and some smoke and haze from grass fires burning in the northeast portion of the state. Thunderstorms late yesterday crossed southeast Virginia and the tidewater area with high winds and heavy rain knocking out power and nearly sending a truck into the Chesapeake Bay of the bridge I just crossed Sunday. A storm passed near the Cape Hatteras lighthouse just south of us early this morning, but all we had thankfully was thunder and lightning.
Monday, May 23, 2011
It is really hard for me to get my thoughts around the severe weather this spring across the US. So far nearly 500 tornado fatalities have occurred in 2011 surpassing that of the last 5 years combined along with billions of dollars in damage. The latest outbreak is currently ongoing as a severe weather sweeps across the Midwest and portions of the middle Atlantic and even into southern Ontario. The hardest hit region yesterday was southwest Missouri including devastated Joplin. The death toll is at 116 after and EF-4 twister swept through the city of 50,000. The damage is complete including a hospital, several churches, schools and thousands of homes. More thunderstorms are occurring today hampering rescue and recovery efforts. A few of the storms have drifted into southern Ontario and some may rumble through Montreal with heavy rain and gusty winds overnight.North Carolina
Here in North Carolina we had a record high yesterday of 83F surpassing the previous 82F set in 1995. It was in the mid 80's today and quite humid, with thunderstorms flaring up in the Piedmont and moving into the coastal area just west of my location here on Hatteras Island. Winds are blowing quite strong off the Atlantic, gusting in the 15-25 mph range. Heavy thunderstorms are producing strong winds and rain in northeast North Carolina and southern Virginia, and they may drift over the Outer Banks overnight. If they do I will have the camera ready. There are even tornado warnings here in North Carolina, northwest of my location.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Sunday however the mild southeast flow returns in response to sprawling low pressure in the Midwest. Look for clouds and the threat for showers and thunderstorms on Victoria Day Monday and well into next week.
I am taking the blog on the road for a few days so look for special updates beginning tomorrow night.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
While we have been talking about all the rain here in the east, northern Alberta has been tinder dry. A terrible brush fire swept into Slave Lake last weekend. The fires were driven by warm weather and 60km/h winds. The region of Slave Lake has had less than 20mm of precipitation since April 1 and only around 80mm all year. Help has been pouring in from all over the country including here from Quebec. We have sent several helicopters and personnel to help battle the fires. Alberta has announced a financial aid package to help the more than 7000 people forced to evacuate. If you can help please click on the Red Cross logo on the right hand side of the blog.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
It was as miserable, windy and cold a Monday in May as you can have yesterday. The temperature did not move much from an overnight low of 6C to a daytime high of 7C here in Montreal. Winds were steady all day in the 40 to 50km/h range making it feel raw and cold. Oh and the rain, nearly 75mm has fallen across southern Quebec since Saturday with about 57mm in Montreal. The rain has increased flows on rivers and streams across the border regions with New York and Vermont. The Richelieu River is expected to rise between 15-25cm over the next day or so in response to runoff. More flooding is forecast for the rest of this week. The same holds true south of the border along the shores of Lake Champlain.
The cause of this weather is slow moving low pressure trapped in all levels of the atmosphere moving along the east coast. The moisture continues to feed into the region with more wind, drizzle and cold weather expected today. Some relief is in site by the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend with sunshine and warmer weather by Saturday with just the risk of an isolated shower.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Temperatures were very warm yesterday under hazy sunshine, reaching 25C in Montreal, one of the warmest days this year. Today is a very different story as we are currently only 11C. Temperatures will stay chilly into the middle of next week. As strong northeast winds develop Monday, from 30-50km/h, we may even drop into the single digits for highs, perhaps 5 to 8C a full 10-15 degrees below normal. It will only clear out and slowly warm up by next Friday.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The good news is we can expect sunshine today and a part of Friday. Temperatures will warm to 20C across the region. The bad news is another heavy rain event is on the way. A very complex weather pattern will set up from this weekend well into next week. A "backdoor" cold front will move southeast from Atlantic Canada on Friday, pin wheeling around low pressure over the Atlantic. A round of showers and thunderstorms is possible late Friday into Saturday before a slight break in the weather. Beginning Sunday and lasting well into next week several areas of low pressure will pump large amounts of moisture into New England and southern Quebec from the Atlantic. Look for rain to develop Sunday and continue perhaps into next Wednesday. While it is too early to tell amounts, it is certain;y likely that we will see 25mm (1 inch) and perhaps as much as 75mm. This is not good news for the flood ravaged Richelieu Valley and Lake Champlain basin. Interests on both sides of the border should closely monitor the forecast.
Meanwhile flooding continues in southern Manitoba along the Assiniboine River as well as severe flooding south of the border along the Mississippi River. Flooding is occurring from Memphis south with the record crest expected to arrive in New Orleans sometime in the next week to 10 days.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The record flood of 2011 is beginning to ease across southern Quebec and northern New York and Vermont. After reaching a record flood of 103.27 feet at Burlington, Vermont over the weekend, the lake is expected to begin dropping by more than and inch a day. The flooding along the Richelieu in southern Quebec as already begun to slowly fall. Damage is quite extensive in the region with thousands of homes flooded and roads washed out. The army remains in place on both sides of the border helping residents sandbag and clean up debris.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Major flooding is also occurring across the Midwest with the Mississippi and all of its tributaries in major flood stage.
The weekend will be partly cloudy with a slight risk of a shower late Saturday, and temperatures moderating into the teens finally.
Happy Mother's Day!
Lake Champlain flood information HERE.
Quebec flood information HERE.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Heavy rain, between 40-70mm has fallen in southern Quebec in the last couple of days pushing the already swollen Richelieu River further over its banks. Major flooding is occurring south of the city and along the Lake Champlain shore. The Quebec Government has called in the Canadian Armed Forced to help pump basements, set up sandbags and evacuate residents. So far 2800 homes along the Richelieu have been evacuated. Since April 1, over 150mm of rain has fallen on southern Quebec. In Burlington a heavy and rapid snow melt along with 9 inches of rain since April 1 has pushed Lake Champlain to a record flood. The lake continues to rise and is now at 103 feet. The record flood has moved north into Quebec. More rain is forecast today through Friday.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Today is election day here in Canada. The weather from coast to coast looks decent with the exception of the southern Prairies where cool winds and snow covered roads may slow travel. The other rough area is the far north in Quebec where blizzard warnings are in effect. Otherwise it is a pretty seasonable day across the country. In Montreal some light showers are forecast, but it will be mild at 18C. Look for low pressure in the southern US to lift towards New England mid week and bring us more heavy rain by late Tuesday. Some regions may see 25-50mm of rainfall which will only add to the severe flooding across Lake Champlain and the Richelieu Valley. Flood warnings remain posted in those areas.
It is a good day to be living in North America - get out and vote today!
Sunday, May 01, 2011
St Albans Bay, Vermont (WCAX News) Top photo is from CTV News
Several roads are closed around the shoreline of the lake as well as ferry service being interrupted on the Essex to Charlotte Vermont route. So far the efforts of department of transportation workers to keep the Burlington-Port Kent route as well as the Grand Isle-Plattsburgh route open have been successful. This is being monitored on a day to day basis.