Teddy by the numbers

Hurricane Teddy transitioned into a large post-tropical system before it made landfall in eastern Nova Scotia Wednesday morning (23 September).

Teddy brought heavy rain and strong winds to much of the Maritime Provinces and here are the numbers:

Rainfall summary (in mm):

  • Ingonish Beach, NS 133
  • Bedford, NS 100
  • Halifax (downtown), NS 94
  • Summerside, PEI 68
  • Mechanic Settlement, NB 58
  • Greater Moncton, NB 40
  • Bouctouche, NB 34

Maximum wind gusts (in km/h):

  • Grand Etang, NS 145
  • Eskasoni First Nation, NS 119
  • Cheticamp, NS 109
  • Sydney (airport), NS 93
  • North Cape, PEI 82
  • Greater Moncton, NB 80
  • Saint John, NB 78

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Teddy proves to be tepid

Teddy nearing Nova Scotia, 23 Sept 2020, 8am ADT (earth.nullschool.net)

Nova Scotians breathed a sigh of relief today as Post-Tropical Storm Teddy packed a bigger bark than a bite.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the expansive storm made landfall near Ecum Secum, along the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, around 8 a.m. ADT with heavy rain and winds up to 105 km/h.

Large destructive waves were hazardous along the Atlantic coast and authorities urged storm watchers to stay home for their own safety.

Teddy quickly moved over Nova Scotia into the Gulf of St. Lawrence on its way to western Newfoundland.

A rainfall warning was issued for Southeast New Brunswick with Greater Moncton getting about 30 mm of rain and a peak wind gust of 80 km/h.

Autumn arrives in N.B.

Hints of fall in Irishtown Nature Park, NB, 13 Sept 2020 (Dearing)

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are beginning to change colour.

Fall is here in New Brunswick with the official arrival of the autumnal equinox at 10:30 a.m. ADT.

The sun is directly above the equator and day and night are roughly equal.

The sun moves southward to the Tropic of Capricorn until the winter solstice on 21 December – the shortest day of the year.

The sun then starts moving northward again with the days gradually get longer.

Environment Canada and the Weather Network are both forecasting above normal temperatures this fall for Greater Moncton.

Frost-free season ends in Greater Moncton

Frost covers a maple leaf (Twitter)

A light, scattered frost appeared in Greater Moncton this morning with a chilly record-breaking low temperature of -1.3°C.

Unofficially this is a record low for 20 September and it also means the frost-free period – which on average lasts 134 days – is now over.

While 04 October is the average first fall frost date, Environment Canada notes how there’s a 33 percent chance it can occur before 21 September.

The frost-free period was much shorter in 2020 at only 102 days thanks to a late spring frost on 10 June when the thermometer dropped to -0.6°C.

UPDATE – Numerous record lows were broken early Monday morning including: -Greater Moncton broke record of -1.1°C set in 1904. -Edmundston dropped to -6.2°C which broke record of -3.0°C from 1986.

Keeping tabs on Teddy

The 2020 hurricane season shows no signs of slowing down with Teddy currently on a path toward Atlantic Canada.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre has begun issuing bulletins for Teddy which will be felt in Bermuda by Sunday but then move east of the island before taking a turn northward.

U.S. forecasters say Teddy is expected to transition to a post-tropical storm as it moves closer to Atlantic Canada but wind, rain and storm surge are likely for the region by Tuesday.

Emergency measures officials urge residents to prepare now since the COVID-19 pandemic already poses challenges for supplies.

Sally strikes U.S.Gulf Coast

Flooded street in Pensacola, FL, USA, 16 Sept 2020 (Twitter/NOLA.com)

Hurricane Sally came ashore near the Alabama/Florida border early Wednesday with torrential rain and damaging winds up to 170 km/h.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm quickly weakened to a tropical depression but 300 to 600 mm of rain fell in some areas causing massive flooding.

Sally was the 18th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season with several more systems still churning.

The remnants of Sally will brush the Maritimes on Friday but only about 10 mm of rain is expected.

N.B. may have extended fall season

The Weather Network believes New Brunswick will see above normal temperatures this fall as it unveils its seasonal forecast.

While quick shots of cold are likely, TWN meteorologists think the arrival of consistent winter weather will be delayed.

Tropical storm activity is well above average this year and heavy rounds of rain are possible as systems affect the Maritimes.

The precipitation is desperately needed since much of the region is suffering from severe to extreme drought conditions.

Fall sneak preview

Bouctouche Dunes, NB, 06 Sept 2020 (Dearing)

For the first time since mid-July, the daytime high in Greater Moncton didn’t reach 20°C.

On Friday, the daily maximum was 15.5°C which is also about five degrees below normal for mid-September.

The fall-like weather arrived after a cold front moved across New Brunswick replacing warm, humid air with cooler, drier conditions.

This morning’s chilly low of 4.0°C was the coldest since 10 June when the temperature fell slightly below freezing – enough for a light frost.

While some parts of the province had scattered frost, my neighbourhood and my tomatoes were spared.

Eerie orange glow over California

Smokey sky over San Francisco, CA, USA, 10 September 2020 (Twitter/@MartinUrgarte_13)

Smoke from wildfires has drifted into the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California.

Skies have turned a dark orange during daytime hours creating an apocalyptic feel.

Social media users commented about how they had never seen anything like it before.

Unhealthy air quality alerts have been issued for 25 straight days – the longest stretch on record.

Hot & Cold in the West

Frost in the pumpkin patch, Holland, MB, 08 Sept 2020 (Twitter/@aggielovesgeer)

High pressure allowed skies to clear and temperatures to drop across the Prairies with widespread frost in the final days of summer.

Environment Canada says record lows were set in all three provinces on 08 September.

Saskatoon sank to a bone-chilling minimum of -6.9°C, Crowsnest Pass, AB plummeted to -5.6°C and Melita, MB dropped to -3.4°C.

Meantime, the heat is on in British Columbia with daytime highs climbing into the low 30s C even along the Pacific coast.

The hot weather is combined with air quality statements about smoke for parts of the province from wildfires in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.