Hurricane remnants hit Portugal & Spain

Damage from Leslie in Lisbon, Portugal, 14 Oct 2018 (Reuters)

After swirling in the mid-Atlantic Ocean for weeks, Leslie hit the northwest coast of Portugal on Sunday delivering heavy rain and wind gusts up to 176 km/h.

The tropical storm uprooted trees, damaged cars and homes and local flooding was reported.

As Leslie exited Portugal and moved across northern Spain, the remnants of Michael were being felt in the same area of the Iberian Peninsula.

Meteorologists say this is the first time in recorded weather history that the remnants of two hurricanes have impacted Spain at the same time.

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Fall colours reach peak

Fall foliage along St George Boulevard, Moncton, 13 Oct 2018 (Dearing)

The brilliant fall foliage hues of red, orange and gold have reached their peak in Southeast New Brunswick.

Leaves have already begun falling to the ground and the season is already past peak across the northern part of the province.

Experts say the colours have peaked about a week later than usual thanks to a hot, dry summer which caused stress for leaves.

The drought was relatively short-lived with a plentiful amount of rain recorded so far this autumn.

Michael partly to blame for rain

Fall foliage in Centennial Park, Moncton, 13 Oct 2018 ( Dearing)

Starting late Wednesday and lasting into Friday, a warm front and low pressure system eventually combined with moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Michael.

As these two systems began to interact, a significant amount of rain fell over parts of the Maritimes.

Rainfall summary in millimetres as of Saturday 5am ADT:

  • Doaktown: 47.2
  • Greater Moncton Airport: 39.4
  • Fredericton: 36.2
  • Saint John: 35.6
  • Grand Manan: 34.5
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport: 55.4
  • Yarmouth: 70.4
  • Kejimkujik: 47.7

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Michael strikes Florida panhandle

Hurricane Michael damage in Panama City, FL, USA, 10 Oct 2018 (Instagram)

Hurricane Michael slammed the coastline of the Florida panhandle making landfall mid-afternoon as a Category 4 storm.

Michael is the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Camille in 1969 with winds up to 250 km/h and as much as 300 mm of rain.

Warmer than normal water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico helped fuel Michael and the accompanying storm surge which submerged communities near Panama City.

Forecasters say the storm was downgraded to a Category 1 as it crossed Georgia.

Michael is expected to weaken to a post-tropical depression by the time it passes south of Nova Scotia on Saturday.

Leslie responsible for rain

Hurricane Leslie, 04 Oct 2018 (U.S. National Hurricane Centre)

Hurricane Leslie is churning well south of the Maritimes and is not forecast to impact the region directly but the storm is indirectly responsible for heavy rain.

The sheer size of the storm – Leslie is more than 1,000 km wide – caused a low pressure system to stall bringing lots of rain to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Here are some totals from the rain event:

  • Greater Moncton. 32.6 mm
  • Saint John. 46.7 mm
  • Charlottetown. 47.2 mm
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport. 24.7 mm
  • Yarmouth. 43.2 mm
  • (Data courtesy Environment Canada)
  • September 2018 – Warm and wet

    Black-eyed Susans growing in Upper Hammonds Plains, NS, 21 Sept 2018 (Dearing)

    Warm, summer weather picked up in September where it left off in August in Southeast New Brunswick.

    But the passage of a cold front marked a drastic temperature drop on the 18th and suddenly it felt like fall in Greater Moncton.

    The thermometer continued to plunge and sank to -1.9°C on the 25th with light, scattered frost although most vegetation was spared severe damage.

    Precipitation was actually above normal although heavy amounts fell in a handful of rainfalls.

    SEPTEMBER 2018 ALMANAC (at Greater Moncton Int’l Airport, 1981-2010)

    Average HIGH 20.9°C

    Average LOW 7.9°C

    AVERAGE 14.4°C (about 0.8 degrees ABOVE normal)

    Extreme HIGH 28.9°C (06 Sept)

    Extreme LOW -1.9°C (25 Sept)

    RAINFALL 100.5 mm (about 10 percent ABOVE normal)

    (Data courtesy Environment Canada)

    A good soaking!

    An intense low pressure system from the Great Lakes moved across New Brunswick Wednesday night and brought heavy rain especially along the Fundy Coast.

    Alma at the entrance of Fundy National Park recorded 121 mm which is more than a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

    While it was a deluge for some, it was definitely much needed precipitation.

    Here are more rainfall amounts:

    • Harvey, NB. 80 mm
    • Yarmouth, NS. 75 mm
    • Saint John, NB. 55 m
    • Halifax Airport, NS. 28 mm
    • Greater Moncton. 24 mm

    Florence creates historic flooding

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    Fallen tree traps residents inside home, Wilmington, NC, USA, 15 Sept 2018 (ABC)

    Since making landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence has claimed at least 15 lives.

    Strong winds have toppled trees trapping some and even killing others in their own homes.

    Now a tropical depression, the storm has been dumping epic amounts of rain (800 mm or more) on North and South Carolina which has caused flash flooding as rivers and streams spill their banks.

    First responders have rescued almost 1,000 residents from floodwaters while nearly one million are without power and tens of thousands have sought refuge in emergency shelters.

    Many highways have been left impassable and officials are urging drivers to stay at home and off the roads.

    Florence called a ‘monster’

    More than two million residents have been evacuated as Hurricane Florence roars toward the Southeastern United States with sustained winds of more than 175 km/h.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm is taking aim at North and South Carolina on Thursday.

    A life threatening storm surge is expected along the Atlantic coast with an incredible 800 mm (30 inches) rain possible.

    Emergency officials call Florence “a monster” and cities like Myrtle Beach have become eerily empty as the hurricane approaches.

    Snow in South Africa

    Giraffe in the snow, Sneeuberg, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 08 Sept 2018 (Facebook)

    An intense cold front has gripped South Africa bringing snowfall to southwestern parts of the country.

    Temperatures fell below freezing in the Cape Provinces.

    More than 10 cm snow forced the closure of roads through some mountain passes in Eastern Cape when trucks got stranded.

    Meantime, as much as 100 mm rain drenched the southern coast.

    Keep in mind it is still winter in the Southern Hemisphere with spring officially arriving on 23 September.