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.

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.

Isaias inundates Quebec

Post-tropical storm Isaias carved a path through the centre of Quebec on Tuesday bringing strong winds and significant amounts of rain.

Although rainfall amounts generally ranged from 35 to 70 mm, some areas recorded more than 100 mm – over a month’s worth of precipitation.

Fallen branches and trees led to power outages throughout the province with a maximum wind gust of 91 km/h at Ile d’Orleans near Quebec City.

The remnants of Isaias merged with a low pressure system over Labrador and the Canadian Hurricane Centre posted its last update on Wednesday night.

Rainfall amounts (in mm) as of 11am EDT 05 August:

  • Le Massif de Charlevoix 120 mm
  • Trois-Rivieres 100 mm
  • Shawinigan 83 mm
  • Drummondville 79 mm
  • Quebec City (Sainte-Foy) 46 mm
  • Montreal (downtown) 45 mm

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Isaias moves quickly up U.S. East Coast

Isaias brushes the NE Florida coast, 03 Aug 2020 (Twitter)

Isaias made landfall late Monday as a Category 1 hurricane near the border of North and South Carolina and was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

Heavy rain and strong gusty winds brought flooding and storm surges to some U.S. East Coast cities.

New York City recorded wind gusts at more than 110 km/h which were the strongest since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Forecasters say Isaias is moving quickly at about 65 km/h which has spawned tornadoes which have proven deadly.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Isaias will enter Quebec tonight as a post-tropical system with up to 60 mm of rain expected and wind gusts up to 70 km/h.

New Brunswick was originally in the storm’s path but the storm kept shifting to the west and mostly gusty winds are expected Wednesday.

Keeping an eye on Isaias

The ninth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is Isaias and is currently taking aim at Florida’s east coast.

Storm surge warnings have been posted along the Atlantic coast for this weekend after Isaias lashed Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm could produce heavy rains and possibly life-threatening flash flooding.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre has also begun tracking Isaias since projections puts the Maritimes in its path as a post-tropical system by Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Fay weakens

Tropical Storm Fay, 10 July 2020 (EC CHC)

The earliest sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has weakened to a tropical depression over New York State as it continues to move northward.

Tropical Storm Fay made landfall on Friday near Atlantic City, New Jersey with heavy rain and gusty winds around 70 km/h.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says up to 100 mm of rain is likely in some areas with localized flooding expected.

Environment Canada says the remnants of Fay will bring up to 50 mm rain to eastern Ontario and Quebec and lesser amounts will spill over into New Brunswick as well.

Active Atlantic hurricane season predicted


U.S. forecasters have unveiled their projections for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and it promises to be a busy one with 13 to 19 named storms and 6 to 10 becoming hurricanes.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) believes several factors are at play this year including above average sea surface temperatures, weaker tropical trade winds and an expected La Nina climate pattern.

Although the season doesn’t officially begin until 01 June, there has already been one named storm – Arthur – which had peak wind gusts of 95 km/h and neared the Southeastern U.S. before moving out to sea without striking land.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre will also be keeping an eye on storms which enter northern waters.

Last September, Hurricane Dorian made landfall near Halifax and caused destruction across Nova Scotia, Southeast New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Dorian packs powerful punch

Dorian damage in Halifax’s West End, 08 Sept 2019 (NS Power)

Hurricane Dorian has left a path of destruction across the Maritime Provinces despite being downgraded as it crossed the region.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Dorian was an intense post-tropical storm as it made landfall at 7:15pm ADT Saturday in Sambro, 25 km southwest of Halifax.

Dorian brought destructive winds, flooding rains and powerful storm surges to much of Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

A construction crane collapsed and century old trees toppled onto homes, businesses, vehicles and streets in Halifax.

Public works staff are scrambling to clean up the mess and power crews are trying to restore electricity to the tens of thousands without it.


Crews clean up storm damage in Halifax’s west end, 08 Sept 2019 (NS Power)

Rainfall totals (mm) as of 11am ADT Sunday:

  • Oxford, NS. 138
  • Halifax (Lower Sackville), NS. 138
  • Greater Moncton Airport, NB. 121
  • Miramichi, NB. 115
  • Kentville, NS. 110
  • Summerside, PEI. 90
  • Saint John, NB. 82
  • Fredericton, NB. 75

Peak wind gusts (km/h) as of 11am ADT Sunday:

  • Beaver Island (eastern shore), NS. 145
  • Yarmouth, NS. 130
  • North Cape, PEI. 122
  • Halifax (city), NS. 120
  • Miscou Island, NB. 106
  • Sydney, NS. 104
  • Saint John, NB. 102
  • Greater Moncton Airport, NB. 100

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Hurricane Dorian landfall expected near Halifax

Dorian update

Emergency measures organizations in the Maritimes have been preparing for Hurricane Dorian which is approaching southwestern Nova Scotia with maximum winds of 148 km/h (as of 12pm ADT).

The Canadian Hurricane Centre expects Dorian will make landfall near Halifax on Saturday evening as a Category 1 hurricane.

Residents who live along the Atlantic coast, such as Peggys Cove for example, are being urged to evacuate and move inland.

Long lines were reported at stores and gas stations on Friday as residents scrambled to stock up on food and other supplies.

Hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings have been issued for all of Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island and southeast New Brunswick.

Strong winds gusting up to 120 km/h are in the forecast, rainfall amounts could exceed 100 mm and large waves and storm surges are likely along coastlines.

As of 2pm ADT, about 75,000 customers were without electricity in Nova Scotia with some trees toppled over along the province’s south shore.

Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick (warnings as of 2pm ADT)

  • Tropical Storm Warning – heavy rain, strong winds, storm surges along the coast
  • Wind Warning – gusts up to 90 km/h which could cause damage, uproot trees
  • Rainfall Warning – 50 to 100 mm rain (a month’s worth) could cause flooding

Dorian likely to track near Nova Scotia

Dorian path

As slow-moving Hurricane Dorian continues churning parallel to the coastline of the Southeastern United States, the Canadian Hurricane Centre is getting a better sense of how the storm will impact Atlantic Canada this weekend.

Forecasters believe Dorian could be a Category 1 storm when it arrives on Saturday and follow a path to the east of mainland Nova Scotia.

Rainfall will be heavy to the west of the track which includes Southern New Brunswick with about 50 mm possible and perhaps as much as 100 mm for parts of Nova Scotia.

Hurricane-force winds with large waves and pounding surf are possible along the Atlantic coast near the track before the storm heads to Newfoundland on Sunday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is now moving toward the coast of the Carolinas with strong winds, storm surges and up to 300 mm of rain.