Gonzalo gives Newfoundland a fast punch

Police car wades through street flooding in St. John's, NL, 19 Oct 2014 (CP)

Police car wades through street flooding in St. John’s, NL, 19 Oct 2014 (CP)

Hurricane Gonzalo passed about 50 km south of Cape Race, Newfoundland as a Category 1 storm near dawn this morning.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre noted strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h were reported at Cape Race with higher gusts in the Grand Banks which created 5-12 metre waves along the Atlantic coast.

Flash flooding was reported across the Avalon Peninsula with 50-60 mm of rain falling in St. John’s over just a few hours.

The fast moving Gonzalo, which passed directly over Bermuda on Friday as a Category 4 storm, is now a post-tropical system heading toward the United Kingdom.

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Bertha spares Maritimes, heading for Newfoundland

Forecast for 07 August 2014

Forecast for 07 August 2014

The remnants of Bertha, downgraded today to a non-tropical storm system, have spared the Maritimes and are now heading for eastern Newfoundland.

Forecasters say rain and gusty winds – up to 70 km/h – are likely for St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula tomorrow.

Showers, thunderstorms and cool temperatures will persist in Southeast New Brunswick tomorrow due to a low pressure system which is being held in place thanks to Bertha.

White Christmas

 

25 Dec 2012 (Courtesy NOAA)

25 Dec 2012 (Courtesy NOAA)

With a few centimetres of old snow on the ground, Environment Canada would technically consider that Greater Moncton had a White Christmas.

But that wasn’t the case throughout the rest of the Maritimes with virtually no snow over much of Nova Scotia.

The only other areas of the country which had a Green Christmas were Southern Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula and SW British Columbia.

In the United States, a large part of the West was snow covered today along with the Great Lakes region and the Northeast.

Rafael brushes past Newfoundland

Rafael was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical storm as it moved into the North Atlantic past eastern Newfoundland this morning.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says rainfall was not really a factor for the island with only 6 mm reported at Cape Race.

A powerful storm surge did affect the southern Avalon Peninsula with waves crashing through a breakwater in Trepassey but there were no reports of injuries.

Maria marches into Newfoundland

Hurricane Maria over North Atlantic, 16 Sept 2011 (NASA)

Hurricane Maria (Category 1) made landfall this afternoon along Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula near Argentia.

Top winds were clocked at 103 km/h which is no breeze in the park but it was much less than projected from Environment Canada.

As Maria raced across the Avalon toward St. John’s, she was downgraded to a tropical storm bringing heavy rains and high winds to the Newfoundland capital.

No major power outages and little damage from the storm were reported.