Barry weakens after making landfall

Barry has been downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall west of New Orleans on Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane.

Although Barry did not bring devastating flooding as some forecasters had originally thought similar to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, parts of Louisiana did receive more than 400 mm of rain which swamped the Mississippi River delta.

Emergency responders rescued at least 90 residents but there were no reports of fatalities.

Remnants of Barry have been moving northward with heavy rain across the American South up to the Midwest.

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Weather bomb crosses the continent

Bomb cyclone

Bomb cyclone centre in U.S. Midwest, 14 Mar 2019 (earth.nullschool.net)

A so-called bomb cyclone brought blizzard conditions to Colorado and now heavy rain,  flooding and even tornadoes to the U.S. Midwest.

The weather bomb occurs when there is a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure over a 24 hour period.

Further north, the storm is dumping snow across Minnesota as it moves into northwestern Ontario.

Severe thunderstorm watches have been posted for Southern Ontario with strong winds expected along with heavy rain.

New Brunswick will the effects this weekend with significant rainfall and gusty winds in the forecast.

Heaviest snowfall of 2019

Courtesy NB Highway Cameras, 13 Feb 2019

Lots of rain, freezing rain and ice pellets have been recorded so far this year in Southeast New Brunswick but snow has been somewhat scarce – until today.

A Colorado Low made its way across the continent this week bringing lots of snow to the American Midwest, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec before arriving in the Maritimes.

Greater Moncton received 26 cm of snow followed by ice pellets and some freezing rain/drizzle along with strong winds which created poor visibility.

Snowfall amounts were fairly consistent across most of Nova Scotia with 22 cm at Greenwood and Halifax Stanfield Airport, 21 cm in Sydney but only 11 cm in Yarmouth.

Environment Canada says cold weather will replace the snow for late week with a brief warmup and rain expected this weekend.

Winter storm stretches across central, eastern U.S.

Cross country skiing near US Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 13 Jan 2018 (Twitter/Nathanaj80)

A major winter storm brought heavy snow and mixed precipitation from the American Midwest to the mid-Atlantic states over the weekend.

The snow began falling in Kansas and Missouri with some areas getting almost 50 cm.

The storm knocked out power, disrupted air travel and created slippery highways with numerous collisions including an Illinois crash which killed a police officer.

Freezing rain led to a build-up of ice on surfaces in North Carolina and Virginia.

Between 15 and 30 cm of snow fell over the Washington, DC area – its heaviest snowfall in three years – which closed schools and federal government offices on Monday.

Forecasters say melting during the day would create hazardous black ice after sunset as temperatures fell back below freezing.

The storm system has moved out into the Atlantic but will brush Cape Breton Island and eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday.

Green Christmas in Nova Scotia

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Not exactly a White Christmas in Truro, NS, 25 Dec 2016 (Dearing)

While most of New Brunswick was covered in snow on 25 December, many parts of Nova Scotia including Truro had a Green Christmas Day.

While there were a couple of snow squalls during the day which produced a trace or so, it was mostly sunny with a strong, cold wind in central Nova Scotia.

As a child growing up in this area, having a White Christmas was always a toss up with some years being snowy while other years were rainy.

More white is on the way as a Colorado Low approaches from the American Midwest and Central Canada with a mixed bag of precipitation expected.

Extreme weather closes out 2015

north pole

Image Courtesy CNN

The North Pole climbs above freezing, deadly tornadoes strike Texas, extreme heat bakes Australia and historic floods hit Britain and the American Midwest – the world is filled with extreme weather as it welcomes 2016.

A powerful and destructive North Atlantic low-pressure system brought eastern Canada an unusually warm holiday period, climbing to a spring-like 16°C in Montreal on Christmas Eve.

This was followed by heavy snow from Ontario to the Maritimes.

In the United States, tornadoes and floods left almost 50 dead.

The mighty Mississippi River has already exceeded overflow levels by four metres in some areas.

Scientists say the common cause of these events is a strong El Nino, a weather phenomenon which emerges every few years on average.

Record rainfall has brought unprecedented flooding to England and Scotland and Britain’s mean December temperature was a record-breaking 8°C, smashing the previous high of 6.9°C set in 1934.

With El Nino showing little sign of running out of steam, many scientists say 2016 could be even warmer than 2015.

Tornado season ramps up in American Midwest

Tornado damage in Fairdale, Illinois, USA, 10 April 2015 (Twitter)

Tornado damage in Fairdale, Illinois, USA, 10 April 2015 (Twitter)


The roughly 200 residents of the small community of Fairdale, Illinois, northwest of Chicago, are assessing the destruction from a powerful tornado which struck two days ago.

Authorities say at least two people were killed and dozens of others injured in a vast storm system which brought strong winds and heavy rain to a large swath of the American Midwest.

A good news story came from Rochelle, Illinois when emergency crews were able to remove debris and rescue 12 people from a restaurant who had taken refuge in the basement.

The severe weather also cancelled hundreds of flights at Chicago’s two major airports.

Polar vortex sinks south

590x393_11101954_pvThe coldest blast of air so far this autumn is impacting much of North America this week bringing snow and icy temperatures to the middle of the continent.

Thanks to a monster storm in Alaska producing 15-metre waves, the polar vortex has sunk south with the Prairies struggling to reach highs of -10 C and snow moving into the American Midwest.

Colder temperatures are in store for Southeast New Brunswick later this week according to Environment Canada with highs barely above freezing under mostly clear skies.

Great Lakes mostly frozen over

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

Courtesy NASA, 19 Feb 2014

It has been a very cold winter in Central Canada and the American Midwest and proof of that is the mostly frozen Great Lakes.

As of this week, scientists say 88 percent of the Great Lakes are frozen over which is a level not seen since 1994.

Lakes Erie and Huron are almost entirely frozen while the much deeper Lake Ontario contains much less ice.

Powerful tornadoes tear across U.S. Midwest

Tornado devastation in Washington, Illinois, USA, 18 Nov 2013 (Twitter)

Tornado devastation in Washington, Illinois, USA, 18 Nov 2013 (Twitter)

Meteorologists say two tornadoes which touched down on Sunday in the state of Illinois, USA have been given ratings of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale – one in the city of Washington and the other in the village of New Minden.

These twisters are now the strongest November tornadoes on record in Illinois where peak winds reached 300 km/h.

Almost 50 tornadoes touched down across the American Midwest and Ohio River Valley.

The clean up is well underway as cold Arctic air settles in over the region.