August 2009 – Finally Summer!

It took long enough but summer finally arrived in Greater Moncton in August with warm temperatures both day (4 days at or above 30 C) and night along with plenty of precipitation –  typical of the entire season.

Rainfall was mostly confined to four major rain events including a brush with Hurricane Bill and the remnants of Tropical Storm Danny.

The overall average for August would have been even higher had it not been for a cool snap at month’s end.

AUGUST 2009 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  24.6 C

Average LOW  13.6 C

AVERAGE  19.1 C (1.2 degrees above normal)

Extreme HIGH  31.3 C (on the 18th)

Extreme LOW  5.1 C (on the 28th)

Rainfall  191.9 mm (more than 120% above normal)

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Lots and lots of rain!

Flooded campground along Nine Mile River, NS

Flooded campground along Nine Mile River, NS

A lot of rain fell over Greater Moncton and the Southern Maritimes on the weekend – courtesy of the remnants of post tropical storm Danny and a separate low pressure system.

Basements flooded in Moncton, entire streets in Saint John closed due to floodwaters and rivers in Nova Scotia spilled their banks.

Rain event totals…

Moncton  91 mm

Saint John  108 mm

Charlottetown  106 mm

Halifax  79 mm

Danny downgraded

Danny has been downgraded to a post-tropical storm and never did become a hurricane.

Danny is now expected to be mainly a rain event with winds not expecting to be a major factor (possibly gusts up to 50 km/h).

A rainfall warning has been posted for much of southern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia as the storm passes along the Atlantic coast.

Greater Moncton could see 50 to 70 mm of rain which is quite significant – about half the normal total for August.

Danny is next storm threat

Image courtesy Accuweather.com

Image courtesy Accuweather.com

Tropical storm Danny is still taking shape in the Atlantic Ocean and as of Thursday afternoon, was about 700 kilometres northeast of Miami packing winds of 93 km/h.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Atlantic Canada can expect rainfall and wind this weekend as Danny continues its path northward but just how much and exactly where is not yet clear.

The latest models have Danny intensifying slightly to a borderline Category 1 hurricane within the next 24 hours before losing gas as it passes Cape Cod.

Bill packs more bark than bite

Huge waves crash ashore at Peggys Cove, NS

Huge waves crash ashore at Peggys Cove, NS

Hurricane Bill had little impact on New Brunswick yesterday as it moved along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

In Greater Moncton, 32.4 mm of rain was recorded and winds gusted (for a brief time) up to 55 km/h.  A bigger single rain event actually occurred in July.

Thousands did lose power in Nova Scotia where the winds created huge waves along the Atlantic coast and gusts up to 87 km/h in Halifax uprooting trees and downing power lines.  About 60 mm of rain fell near the coast causing localized flooding.

Three men also got swept out to sea at Peggys Cove  but managed to make it back to shore safely.

Bill was downgraded to a tropical storm today as it brushed Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula before moving out to sea.

Here comes Bill!

Image courtesy Accuweather.com

Image courtesy Accuweather.com

Hurricane Bill is expected to have the biggest impact on Atlantic coastal mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

Winds of at least 130 km/h are in the forecast for that region with more than 100 mm of rain expected.

Greater Moncton will see winds of about 65 km/h and up to 50 mm of rain possibly on Sunday.

Tornadoes tear up Ontario

Tornado damage Vaughan, Ontario

Tornado damage Vaughan, Ontario

Several tornadoes ripped across Southern Ontario last night killing at least one person and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

The hardest hit town was Durham, near Owen Sound, where a printing company and recreation centre were destroyed.

The city of Vaughan, north of Toronto, was also affected with more than 600 homes being damaged and a state of emergency being declared.

Hurricane Bill on the move

Image courtesy Accuweather.com

Image courtesy Accuweather.com

Bill, the first named hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic season, is churning off the West Indies and continues to intensify as it heads northward.

The storm could impact Bermuda and is expected to have some impact on the Maritimes although its path is still too early to accurately predict.

Meantime, Tropical Storm Claudette has dissipated after being a rain event for the Florida Panhandle and Alabama.

Tropical Storm Ana, the first named storm of the season, also dissipated southwest of Puerto Rico.

Heat wave!

It only took until the final third of the summer, but real hot weather has arrived in Greater Moncton.

Unofficially this could be considered a heat wave but Environment Canada’s definition is three or more days at 32 C or higher.

Today in Greater Moncton, the temperature reached 31.0 C but with the humidex it felt more like 41 C!

Over the last four out of five days, the temperature has reached or exceeded 30 C – but no records have been broken… a heat wave in 1944 proved to be even hotter.

Typhoon strikes Taiwan

A hotel collapses into a raging river in Taiwan

A hotel collapses into a raging river in Taiwan

A powerful typhoon has ravaged the island of Taiwan killing more than 70 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Typhoon Morakot has brought strong winds and rains which have triggered mudslides.

The military has rescued hundreds of people from a village struck by a mudslide.

As much as two metres of rain fell on Taiwan before the storm moved to the Chinese mainland.