Barren trees in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 05 Nov 2016 (Dearing)
Most trees have now lost their leaves in Greater Moncton – with oak trees being the exception – and the starkness of November is settling in.
The thermometer dipped to a frosty -3.1 C yesterday morning which was the coldest low so far this fall and a chilly high of only 4.5 C.
It’s a different story in the Prairies and northwestern Ontario with record breaking warm temperatures climbing near 20 C which is well above normal.
Edmonton climbed to 20.6 C on Friday which was the warmest high ever for a November day in the Alberta capital.
Snow in Kenora, ON, 05 October 2012 (TWN)
The snow that fell in British Columbia and Alberta earlier this week has moved east giving southern Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario quite a dumping.
While Winnipeg escaped the worst of the snowstorm, areas to the south and east got hit hard with as much as 30 cm of snow reported.
The heavy, wet snow brought down trees, many of which still have leaves, and power lines leaving thousands without electricity.
Environment Canada says moisture from the south collided with Arctic air from the north bringing the region an early taste of winter.
Snow in Dryden, ON,14 Sept 2011 (TWN)
The calendar says it is mid-September but that didn’t stop a little snow from falling over Northwestern Ontario today.
Temperatures were only a few degrees above freezing allowing a cold rain to become snow in communities like Dryden and Red Lake.
Having lived in the region for more than six years, I can say this is early for the first snow.
Although one year when I lived in Fort Frances, it snowed one centimetre on September 29th and again on September 30th.
Funnel cloud at airport Dryden, ON, 16 Aug 2011 (courtesy Facebook)
Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado touched down in Northwestern Ontario yesterday after reports of funnel clouds in several communities.
A tornado was spotted near Dryden Airport at 4:30 p.m. (pictured above) and northwest of the Sioux Lookout Airport at 5:40 p.m.
The tornado track was reportedly about 80 kilometres long over a remote area.
No structural damage or injuries have been reported.
Tornado warnings were issued across Northwestern Ontario yesterday as severe weather swept through the region.