Freak hailstorm in western Mexico

Guadalajara was inundated with almost one metre of hail when a freak hailstorm moved through parts of Jalisco state on Sunday.

The governor posted photos on social media of buried vehicles, damaged homes and city workers alongside the Mexican Army shoveling the hail – even bulldozing it.

No reports of injuries or fatalities.

At 1,600 metres (5,000 feet) above sea level, meteorologists say high elevation played a role as one thunderstorm moved out and another one developed rapidly behind it bringing a huge quantity of small hailstones.

Willa wallops Mexico’s Pacific coast

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A boat rests on a street in Teacapan, Sinaloa, Mexico following Hurricane Willa, 24 Oct 2018 (Reuters)

Crashing into the Pacific coast of Mexico between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Hurricane Willa was a Category 3 storm packing wind gusts up to 193 km/h.

The eye of the hurricane struck the town of Teacapan where roofs were ripped off buildings and the streets were turned into a muddy mess.

Roads leading into Teacapan were littered with dozens of fallen utility poles.

A massive evacuation effort moved thousands into temporary shelters inland and no deaths were reported.

Busy hurricane season predicted

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From left to right, Hurricanes Katia, Irma, Jose, 08 Sept 2017 (Earth Wind Map)

The Canadian Hurricane Centre is forecasting 10 to 16 named storms with five to nine becoming hurricanes this year.

One to four hurricanes is likely to be major with sustained winds of at least 178 km/h.

But 2018 is not expected to be as busy as 2017 which had 17 named storms with 10 hurricanes including a trio of destructive cyclones – Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Three storms made it into Canada’s response zone but none made landfall.

Although the season doesn’t officially start until June 1st, a subtropical storm named Alberto has already formed off the Yucatan Peninsula and will churn north across the Gulf of Mexico this weekend toward the U.S Gulf Coast.

First significant snow coming…

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An approaching low pressure system could bring the first significant snow of the season to much of New Brunswick this weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning with at least 15 cm and Accuweather is suggesting 8-15 cm could fall in Greater Moncton by Sunday.

Strong northeasterly winds are also in the forecast which may cause higher than normal water levels along the coastlines.

Nova Scotia is expected to receive mostly rain and there is some mixing of rain and snow possible for Southeast New Brunswick.

The same system also brought rare snow to northern Mexico and across the American South.

Triple Threat: Irma, Jose & Katia

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From left to right, Hurricanes Katia, Irma, Jose, 08 Sept 2017 (Earth Wind Map)

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Irma aftermath on St. Maarten Island, eastern Caribbean, 06 Sept 2017 (Reuters)

Hurricane Irma has barreled through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm claiming more than 20 lives and destroying more than 90 percent of the buildings on the islands of Barbuda, St. Martin/St. Maarten and St. Barts.

Irma is heading for Florida where officials say it could be the strongest storm ever and evacuation orders have led to massive lineups at gas stations as residents flee northward.

Following a similar path, Hurricane Jose is a Category 4 storm which could hit the already battered islands of Antigua and Barbuda.

Hurricane Katia is a Category 2 storm in the Gulf of Mexico which will make landfall along Mexico’s east coast bringing heavy rain and a storm surge before dissipating quickly over the rugged Sierra Madre mountains.

Forecasters say three simultaneous hurricanes is quite rare and the last time was in 2010 with Hurricanes Igor, Julia and Karl.

Newton nails Baja California

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Hurricane Newton comes ashore in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, 06 Sept 2016 (AFP)

Hurricane Newton slammed Mexico’s southern Baja California peninsula today as a Category-1 hurricane with torrential rain and winds up to 100 km/h.

Palm trees were toppled in Cabo San Lucas and power was knocked out power to thousands in the resort community.

Authorities say a shrimp boat capsized in rough seas in the Gulf of California, killing two people and leaving three others missing.

 The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm would make landfall again in Sonora state before bringing heavy rain to the American desert states of Arizona and New Mexico.

Earl kills dozens in Mexico

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Mudslides in Tlaola, Puebla State, Mexico, 07 Aug 2016 (AFP)


Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Earl triggered mudslides in eastern Mexico where officials say at least 40 people have been killed.

The worst affected state was Puebla where some towns including Tlaola were almost completely destroyed by mudslides.

Emergency workers are searching through mud and rubble to find survivors.

Meantime on Mexico’s west coast, Tropical Storm Javier is moving closer to Baja California and has already brought heavy rain and flooding to Cabo San Lucas.

Earl weakens after hitting Belize

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Earl uproots trees in Belize City, Belize, 04 Aug 2016 (Reuters)

Hurricane Earl weakened to a tropical storm early today after making landfall near Belize City, on the western Caribbean Sea.

Wind speeds dropped to about 100 km/h as Earl moved inland.

Belize was also forecast to receive between 200 and 400 mm of rain.

The storm is predicted to move across northern Guatemala and southeastern Mexico where its rains could still cause flash floods and mudslides.

Earl to impact Central America

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Hurricane Earl – the fifth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season – with sustained winds of 120 km/h is racing toward Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Forecasters say parts of Belize could be hit with heavy rain which could top 300 mm with possible flooding and mudslides over mountainous areas.

Earl is expected to weaken over land and possibly strengthen when it reaches the Bay of Campeche with another landfall near Veracruz, Mexico expected.

Patricia remnants pound the Maritimes

Fall leaves barely cling to trees in west end Moncton, 28 Oct 2015 (Dearing)

Fall leaves barely cling to trees in west end Moncton, 28 Oct 2015 (Dearing)


What’s left of a recent hurricane that struck Mexico has made its way across the Maritimes after a brush with Ontario and Quebec.

The remnants of Patricia brought rain and winds gusting to at least 70 km/h.

Forecasters say strong winds across New Brunswick are creating rough surf along the coast especially the Bay of Fundy.

Up to 30 mm of rain is expected in Greater Moncton by the time the system moves away overnight.

The fall storm led to power outages with NB Power noting a peak of roughly 8,000 customers without electricity.