The view from Economy Point, NS, 03 July 2019 (Dearing)
After a cool and wet start to summer, a blast of heat is heading to the Maritime Provinces over the next few days.
Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for most of New Brunswick – excluding the Fundy coast – and western Nova Scotia while other areas under a special weather statement.
A warm, humid air mass is moving into the region today raising daytime temperatures to 30°C or more.
Humidex values near 40 are expected and overnight lows may not fall below 18°C providing little relief from the heat.
Near normal values will return late Saturday as a cold front arrives.
Heat warnings are also in place for parts of Ontario and Quebec where it climbed into the low 30s yesterday.
A tornado developed about 10 kilometres southeast of Gatineau Airport, Quebec early Sunday evening.
The tornado moved east along the Ottawa River before coming ashore on the Ontario side.
In the suburban Ottawa neighbourhood of Orléans, strong winds brought down trees and removed shingles on many homes with one person reportedly injured.
A thunderstorm also produced 2 centimetre hail in the area.
Environment Canada says the tornado was a low end EF-1 suggesting peak winds of 135 km/h and had a path length of at least 25 kilometres.
Volunteers filling sandbags in Ottawa, 25 April 2019 (City of Ottawa)
New Brunswick is not the only province experiencing severe flooding this spring – so are Ontario and Quebec.
The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency this week as water levels rose along the Ottawa River.
The military was called in to help with flood mitigation efforts including sandbagging along with thousands of community volunteers.
In the western Laurentian mountains, the Rouge River is threatening to spill over the Bell Falls Dam and at least 60 homes have been evacuated downstream.
Due to the threat of flooding in several areas of the city, Montreal has also declared a state of emergency.
A bitterly cold day in downtown Toronto, 20 Jan 2019 (Dearing)
Without a doubt, Canada’s largest city can often be cold during the winter.
But during a recent stopover in Toronto, an Arctic air mass pushed into Southern Ontario giving the provincial capital its coldest daytime high ever recorded.
A bitterly cold maximum of -14.2°C was set on 20 January at Pearson Airport.
Two overnight lows also dropped to -22°C this week which although frigid were still a few degrees away from the all-time records.
Until now, Central Canada had practically escaped the winter season apart from a brief blast in late November.
Wildfires create smoky sky over downtown Calgary, AB, 14 Aug 2018 (Dearing)
Here is the annual list from Environment Canada:
Record wildfires and smoky summer skies in the West
Summer heat wave from East to West
Tough growing season in the Prairies
Powerful May winds impact Ontario and Quebec
September tornadoes touch down in Ottawa-Gatineau
Spring flooding in southern British Columbia
Historic spring flooding along the St. John River Valley
August deluge in Toronto
Record cold start to a long winter nationwide
Cold and stormy April for the East
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Hints of fall colours in west end Moncton, 20 Sept 2018 (Dearing)
The same storm system which brought severe weather to Ontario and Quebec – including tornadoes – crossed through New Brunswick overnight.
Strong low pressure caused gusty winds up to 72 km/h at the Greater Moncton International Airport which turned out to be the windiest day since 02 June.
A wind gust of 85 km/h was reported in Charlo.
NB Power said almost 10,000 customers lost power at the peak of the storm thanks to trees and branches falling on utility lines.
Incidentally, fall officially arrives later tonight with the autumnal equinox at 10:54 pm ADT.
Damage from a tornado in west end Ottawa, ON, 22 Sept 2018 (Instagram)
Environment Canada has confirmed two powerful tornadoes ripped through west end Ottawa before touching down again in Gatineau across the Ottawa River.
Officials say dozens were hurt and at least two residents are in hospital with critical injuries.
Tens of thousands were left without power after at least 80 utility poles either snapped or were damaged.
Meteorologists say severe thunderstorms spawned one twister classified as an EF-3 with winds up to 265 km/h while another tornado was an EF-2 with winds up to 220 km/h.
Tornadoes are not uncommon in Southern Ontario but storms of this strength are rare.
Helicopter drops water on eastern flank of Parry Sound 33 fire, 30 July 2018 (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
A forest fire in northeastern Ontario is edging dangerously close to the Trans Canada Highway which links the northern and southern parts of the province.
Known as Parry Sound 33, the fire has burned more than 100 square kilometres since it began on 18 July and smoke has been creating poor air quality.
Many small communities, south of Greater Sudbury, are either being evacuated or are on alert to leave at a moment’s notice.
More than 600 firefighters from across North America have arrived to help battle this blaze and dozens of others across the region.
A double rainbow after brief rain shower over Moncton, 04 July 2018 (Dearing)
Temperatures across Eastern Canada from Ontario to the Maritimes continued to soar into the 30s C with humidex values above 40.
Authorities in Quebec say at least 18 people have died, all over age 50, as a warm, humid air mass lingered over the province.
Record highs have been recorded in New Brunswick with a new maximum of 31.6 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport on Tuesday (beating 31.0 C from 1984) and 33.4 C today (beating 31.4 C from 1983).
The hotspot in the province was 34.1 C at St. Stephen.
Trees uprooted by a tornado damage a home in Waterford, Norfolk County, ON, 13 June 2018 (OPP)
Two tornadoes have been confirmed in Haldimand, Norfolk and Oxford counties as severe thunderstorms rolled through Southwestern Ontario on 13 June.
Environment Canada says a tornado categorized as an EF-2 (Enhanced Fujita Scale 2) with maximum winds of 180 km/h ripped through the communities of Jarvis and Waterford uprooting trees, ripping shingles off buildings and destroying several barns.
Damage was reported intermittently along a path roughly 32 km long.
A second, less powerful twister categorized as an EF-0 struck near the town of Norwich around the same time and caused minimal damage.