Hurricane Otto strikes Central America


Heavy rain and flooding swept away bridges in Costa Rica, 25 Nov 2016 (Reuters)

Otto has become the strongest storm so late in the Atlantic hurricane season to make landfall.

Otto struck the coast of Nicaragua and Costa Rica as a category 2 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm as it weakens in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Forecasters say exceptionally high sea surface temperatures of around 29 C added extra fuel to the storm which delivered a month’s worth of rain in a few hours.

Officials say the death toll was nine but could have been higher if the storm had hit major population centres.


Snow falls in Hawaii!


Snow covers the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s big island, 14 June 2016 (Photo by SSPL/NASA/Getty Images)

Although it seems unlikely given the tropical latitude of Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it can snow on some of the state’s highest peaks.

Snow fell on the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s big island this week.

Keep in mind both peaks are 13,000 feet (4,000 metres) above sea level.

Rain showers and thunderstorms developed at lower elevations.

Climatologists say snow can fall during any month of the year on Hawaii’s tallest mountains.

Patricia weakens across northern Mexico

Woman sweeps debris in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 24 Oct 2015 (AP)

Woman sweeps debris in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 24 Oct 2015 (AP)

Hurricane Patricia has weakened to a tropical storm but still poses a risk of floods and landslides across northern Mexico according to forecasters.

Patricia peaked as the strongest hurricane recorded in the Americas but winds decreased rapidly to 80 km/h as the storm moved over land.

Thousands of residents and tourists on Mexico’s Pacific coast were evacuated and moved inland.

Patricia is now moving north-northeastward inland over northern Mexico.

U.S officials are watching the storm as it approaches Texas with heavy rains expected to saturate the already drenched state

Patricia pounds Mexico’s Pacific coast

Satellite image of Hurricane Patricia, 23 Oct 2015 (courtesy CNN)

Satellite image of Hurricane Patricia, 23 Oct 2015 (courtesy CNN)

One of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history has slammed the Pacific coast of Mexico tonight.

The dangerous Category 5 storm made landfall near Cuixmala, about 85 kilometres west-northwest of the port city of Manzanillo.

Record wind speeds of 325 km/h measured earlier had fallen off somewhat to 270 km/h according to forecasters.

Residents and tourists sought shelter along a stretch of coastline dotted with fishing villages and beach resorts including Puerto Vallarta.

Patricia’s projected path will take it over mountainous terrain prone to dangerous flash floods and landslides.

The Weather Network unveils fall forecast

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Although it still feels like summer in New Brunswick, meteorological autumn has arrived and The Weather Network has released its seasonal forecast.

The El Nino weather phenomenon in the Pacific is expected to lessen the impact of tropical storms in the Atlantic this fall.

Forecasters say temperatures will remain warm throughout September, normal in October but a pattern change is in store for early November.

However, a brief winter-like chill will be short-lived and more seasonal weather is in store for the remainder of this year.

Two hurricanes target Hawaii

460xFor the first time in 22 years, a hurricane is bearing down on Hawaii – and not just one but two!

Hurricane Iselle, a Category 1 storm, is expected to slam the Big Island of Hawaii tonight with strong winds and heavy rain.

Residents have been stocking up on bottled water and batteries for days now in anticipation of the one-two punch.

Forecasters say Hurricane Jolio, which strengthened to a Category 2 storm today, will likely pass just north of the Pacific island chain on Sunday.

TWN unveils summer 2014 forecast

TWN summer 2014The Weather Network has unveiled details about a season the most Canadians are especially looking forward to this year – summer.

TWN believes temperatures in Southern New Brunswick will be normal to slightly above normal for the months of June, July and August.

Precipitation is expected to be normal to slightly below normal throughout the region.

TWN adds that El Niño is developing in the Pacific Ocean which will likely mean fewer total storms affecting Atlantic Canada this fall and upcoming winter with an average risk of tropical systems impacting the region.

Alaska buried in snow!

Snow!!! in Cordova, Alaska, USA, 07 January 2012 (Anchorage Daily News)

Alaska, America’s so-called Last Frontier, is not usually as snowy as many think especially the coastal areas which often get much more rain than snow thanks to the relatively warm Pacific Ocean.

But the Alaskan National Guard has arrived to dig out the coastal town of Cordova, which has seen 3 metres (10 feet) of snow in only a week.

Snow drifts in the town of 2,000 have trapped some residents in their homes.

Roofs have collapsed yet no injuries have been reported so far in Cordova.

Alaska officials have declared a state of emergency with so many storms in such a short period of time.

Further north, U.S. Coast Guard and Russian vessels are attempting to reach Nome, which has been cut off by ice and is facing a fuel shortage.