September 2010 – Wet and warm

Hints of fall colours near Moncton, NB

September 2010 was unusual because of a heat wave at the start and heavy amounts of rain throughout the month.

The summer’s only “official” heat wave took place from the 1st to the 3rd with daytime highs at 32 C or higher.

Temperatures did drop to near normal values after the heat wave only to rebound again by month end.

High amounts of precipitation can be traced to the remnants of Hurricane Earl on the 4th but other major events on the 10th, 15th and 17th brought even higher amounts of rain.

SEPTEMBER 2010 ALMANAC

Average HIGH  19.8 C

Average LOW  10.5 C

AVERAGE  15.2 (2.2 degrees above the 30-year average)

Extreme HIGH  34.1 C (1st, new record high for the date and September)

Extreme LOW  2.3 C (27th)

RAINFALL  159.0 mm (almost 60 percent above the 30-year average)

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Sweltering in California

Sweltering palms Los Angeles, CA, 27 Sep 10

California is used to getting extreme heat especially in the desert and in inland valleys but even the mid-40’s C is a bit much especially so late in Septemeber.

The temperature climbed to 45 C  in downtown Los Angeles Monday afternoon smashing an all-time record high set on June 26, 1990.

City officials opened cooling centres for an escape from the stifling conditions.

While the blistering temperatures were perfect for beach goers, they had firefighters on high alert with several brush fires reported.

The blast of summer was thanks to a ridge of high pressure that kept the normal moist and cool conditions from the Pacific Ocean at bay.

Military in Newfoundland to help with Igor cleanup

Road washed away Fortune, NL, 27 Sep 10

Hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces personnel have arrived in Newfoundland to help with the cleanup following last week’s destruction from Hurricane Igor.

The Burin Peninsula was especially hard hit by high winds and heavy rains which washed out roads and bridges cutting off entire communities. 

The Canadian Hurricane Centre is saying no other hurricane of this magnitude has struck Newfoundland in the modern era.

An elderly man died in the storm after he was swept out to sea near Random Island.

Hot in Toronto

Patio scene heats up again Toronto, 24 Sep 10

Toronto is a week away from October, but the city is enjoying a record-setting reminder of summer’s heat.

On Friday afternoon, Environment Canada measured a temperature of 30.8 C at Pearson International Airport. 

That exceeds the former record of 27.2C, set in 1968.

The average daytime high in Toronto so far this month has been 21.8C.

First Day of Autumn

Harvest moon over Greater Moncton, 23 Sept 10

Autumn officially arrived at 10 minutes past midnight this morning marking an end to an incredible summer in Greater Moncton.

The Harvest Moon (as pictured above) has also made a brilliant appearance on the first day of fall.

Although the season is now officially here, it doesn’t look very autumn-like just yet.

The changing of the leaves has been delayed somewhat due to the extremely warm summer and the lack of frost so far this September.

Newfoundland knocked by Igor

Igor topples trees in St. John's, NL, 21 Sept 10

Dozens of communities in eastern Newfoundland have declared states of emergency after Hurricane Igor slammed the island yesterday.

High winds – gusting up to 163 km/h – and heavy rains – as much as 250 mm in some areas – knocked out power, toppled trees, washed out roads and swept at least one man out to sea.

Schools have been shut down and most flights to Newfoundland have been either delayed or cancelled.

Since the hurricane never made landfall, it maintained its intensity as it moved northwards and was not downgraded to a tropical storm until late yesterday afternoon.

Igor bashes Bermuda

Wind whips palm trees, Bermuda, 19 Sept 10

Bermuda was cleaning up today after emerging mostly unscathed from Hurricane Igor, which hit the island chain with ferocious winds and rains causing huge power outages, but no loss of life.

Igor – a Category One hurricane – stripped palm trees bare and tore apart the roofs of some island homes.

Several boats broke free of their moorings and crashed onto rocks, while tree branches were strewn across roadways.

As Igor churns north, the Canadian Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for eastern Newfoundland and heavy surf is likely along eastern Nova Scotia for the next day or so.

September snow in Alberta

Dusting of snow Calgary, 17 Sept 10

It wouldn’t be September on the Prairies if it didn’t snow somewhere – this time it was Alberta.

It may be early for the white stuff in most of the country but not here where it snowed most of yesterday in Fort McMurray.

An Arctic airmass which sank south was to blame for the early taste of winter – in the waning days of summer!

It was also cold enough to snow in Calgary although much of the city received only a light dusting.

Igor could be trouble

2010 Atlantic hurricane season so far

Igor could spell trouble for the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, Bermuda and/or Atlantic Canada as the storm gained strength today and became a Category 4 hurricane.

Igor had 215 km/h sustained winds today and the storm is forecast to hold steady as a major hurricane for several days.

Igor’s remote location – almost 2,000 km east of the northern Leeward Islands Sunday afternoon – means the hurricane is not yet a threat to land.

Earl makes landfall in NS, brushes NB

Trees uprooted Downtown Halifax, NS 04 Sept 10

Earl made landfall around 10:30 am ADT about 85 km SW of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia as a Category One Hurricane and was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm.

Earl came with driving rain (up to 50 mm in some areas) and wind gusts of more than 130 km/h on coastal islands such as McNabs Island and Beaver Island.

The storm brought down trees which knocked out power lines putting more than 150,000 Nova Scotians in the dark – mostly in the Halifax region.

Fortunately, officials say low tides this weekend greatly diminished the risk of storm surge or coastal flooding.

Earl had less of an impact in New Brunswick where Greater Moncton saw high winds gusting to 80 km/h for less than an hour and heavy rain which amounted to 25 mm.