Saturday, March 8, 2008

Wind and Rain

This morning's weather photo

It was pretty good here yesterday with temps reaching +10° or a little better.The temp dropped down to near freezing in the early evening but began rising overnight as a disturbance began to move into the area.There is now a rainfall and a wind warning in effect for this area for today and currently it is raining quite hard.We are to expect about 50mm in total with gusty winds lasting into later tonight.The temp will be dropping tomorrow with a few flurries possible tomorrow afternoon.

 Queens County
4:34 AM AST Saturday 8 March 2008
Wind warning for
Queens County issued
Strong southerly winds gusting up to 90 km/h forecast for tonight.
This is a warning that potentially damaging winds are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.
A weak area of low pressure is forecast to track across southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island today bringing periods of rain to Nova Scotia. There will patchy freezing rain early this morning in northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.
A second and more intense area of low pressure in the american southeast this morning will move into New Brunswick on Sunday. Rain at times heavy will begin overnight with this second system and taper off to showers then flurries on Sunday behind it.
In total Nova Scotia is forecast to receive 40 to 70 millimetres of rain from the two systems. The highest amounts are anticipated to fall in regions adjacent to the Bay of Fundy..Minas basin and Chignecto Bay.
In addition overnight temperatures along the Northumberland strait..Gulf of St Lawrence and Cabot strait are expected to drop to or just below the freezing point. This will cause an extended period..3 to 6 hours..Of freezing rain in those regions exposed to an onshore northeast wind off the ice field. Temperatures will rise back above freezing early Sunday as the wind turns to the southeast.
Strong southerly winds gusting up to 90 km/h are forecast along the Atlantic coast of mainland Nova Scotia tonight as the second low pressure system approaches.

Queens County
4:34 AM AST Saturday 8 March 2008
Rainfall warning for
Queens County continued
Periods of rain today will become rain at times heavy tonight and taper off on Sunday. Total rainfall amounts from 40 to 70 millimetres with highest amounts adjacent to Bay of Fundy.
This is a warning that significant rainfall is expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.
A weak area of low pressure is forecast to track across southern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island today bringing periods of rain to Nova Scotia. There will patchy freezing rain early this morning in northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.
A second and more intense area of low pressure in the american southeast this morning will move into New Brunswick on Sunday. Rain at times heavy will begin overnight with this second system and taper off to showers then flurries on Sunday behind it.
In total Nova Scotia is forecast to receive 40 to 70 millimetres of rain from the two systems. The highest amounts are anticipated to fall in regions adjacent to the Bay of Fundy..Minas basin and Chignecto Bay.
In addition overnight temperatures along the Northumberland strait..Gulf of St Lawrence and Cabot strait are expected to drop to or just below the freezing point. This will cause an extended period..3 to 6 hours..Of freezing rain in those regions exposed to an onshore northeast wind off the ice field. Temperatures will rise back above freezing early Sunday as the wind turns to the southeast.
Strong southerly winds gusting up to 90 km/h are forecast along the Atlantic coast of mainland Nova Scotia tonight as the second low pressure system approaches


 - ©Al C 2008

Conditions on Hoptoad Hill at publication time:
Temperature: 10°C
Wind: moderate SW
Sky: overcast
Precip: rain

Conditions from Environment Canada's local weather station in Western Head at publication time:
Temperature: 5.9°C
Pressure / Tendency: 100.9 kPa falling
Humidity: 100 %
Dewpoint: 5.8°C
Wind: SW 17 km/h

The Environment Canada forecast for our area:
Rainfall warning in effect
Wind warning in effect.

Today..Rain at times heavy. Risk of a thundershower late this
afternoon. Amount 25 mm. Fog patches. Wind becoming south 40 km/h
gusting to 70 this morning. High 12 except 8 along the coast.
Tonight..Rain at times heavy ending overnight then cloudy. Risk of a
thundershower. Amount 25 mm. Fog patches. Wind south 40 km/h gusting
to 70 increasing to 60 gusting to 90 this evening then becoming
southwest 40 gusting to 70 overnight. Low plus 5.
Sunday..Cloudy. A few rain showers beginning early in the morning
changing to a few flurries in the afternoon. Wind southwest 50 km/h
gusting to 80 becoming west 40 gusting to 70 late in the day.
Temperature falling to zero in the evening.

Yesterday's official data from Environment Canada:
Temps: high:  5.1°  low: -1.3°   Precip: 4.7mm rain


Friday, March 7, 2008

Spring-like

This morning's weather photo

Yesterday was a Spring-like day here with temps reaching +11° under mostly clear skies.Temps dropped to a little below freezing overnight,the sky remained clear and the wind was calm.Today is expected to be similar to yesterday,lots of rain on the way for Saturday.Temps are to remain mild.

 - ©Al C 2008

Conditions on Hoptoad Hill at publication time:
Temperature: -4°C
Wind: calm
Sky: clear
Precip: none

Conditions from Environment Canada's local weather station in Western Head at publication time:
Temperature: -0.9°C
Pressure / Tendency: 102.9 kPa rising
Humidity: 94 %
Wind Chill: -4
Dewpoint: -1.8°C
Wind: N 7 km/h

The Environment Canada forecast for our area:
Today..Sunny with cloudy periods. High 6. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight..Increasing cloudiness. Rain beginning late this evening.
Amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind becoming southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60
overnight. Low plus 2.
Saturday..Rain at times heavy. Risk of thunderstorms late in the day.
Amount 20 mm. Fog patches. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60
diminishing to 20 in the morning then becoming south 40 gusting to 60
late in the day. High 9.

Yesterday's official data from Environment Canada:
Temps: high:  7.3°  low: -1.1°   Precip: 0

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Not Bad Here

This morning's weather photo

Yesterday was a mostly miserable day here on the South Shore.We started with freezing rain that lasted until about noon and then the temps began to rise.After a breief period of fog,we started to get some more rain.The rain through the evening was quite heavy by times and temps had risen to +7°.
Having said that,we could have had worse.Some areas of the province had snow before the freezing rain and some had about 9 hours of just freezing rain.There were lots of delays and cancellations reported at Stanfield International Airport near Halifax and numerous traffic mishaps.
Overnight it cleared and temps dropped to near the freezing mark.We are in the clear now with mild temps until the next disturbance arrives on Saturday.The forecast is for rain and/or snow.

 - ©Al C 2008

Conditions on Hoptoad Hill at publication time:
Temperature: 0°C
Wind: calm
Sky: mostly clear
Precip: none

Conditions from Environment Canada's local weather station in Western Head at publication time:
Temperature: 0.1°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.5 kPa / rising
Humidity: 94 %
Wind Chill: -4
Dewpoint: -0.8°C
Wind: W 12 km/h

The Environment Canada forecast for our area:
Today..Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40
becoming northwest 20 this morning then becoming light this
afternoon. High plus 3. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight..Clear. Low minus 5.
Friday..Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h
late in the day. High plus 5.

Yesterday's official data from Environment Canada:
Temps: high:  7.6°  low: -0.7°   Precip: 12.3mm rain

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Freezing Rain

This morning's weather photo

Yesterday was a very nice day here on the South Shore with remps reaching a high of +10° here in the early afternoon.Some clouds began moving into the area in the late afternoon and the wind increased to som brisk gusts.Rain began to fall in the early evening and the temps began to drop.
This morning everything has a glaze of ice on it and we are recieving the freezing rain that was forecast.All area schools are closed along with some businesses.There is expected to be a few more hours of this before the temps rise to near +10.The rain is expected to last until this evening with temps remaining mild overnight and into tomorrow.

Queens County
3:13 AM AST Wednesday 5 March 2008
Freezing rain warning for
Queens County continued
Several hours of freezing rain or freezing drizzle is expected across the province today.
A stationary frontal trough of low pressure just south of Nova Scotia will begin to move northward this morning. Snow well north of the trough will change to freezing rain..Freezing drizzle and ice pellets closer to it. Southern counties will see the freezing precipitation change to rain this morning..Central and northern regions during the afternoon and Cape Breton this evening. A total 4 to 6 hours of freezing precipitation is expected. It is important to note that ice accumulation across the southern half of the province will be minimal. However northern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton will see heavier precipitation resulting in more of the way of ice formation. In any event roadways..Particularly side streets could become slippery and motorists are urged to exercise caution.
Additionally Les Suetes winds gusting to 100 km/h are forecast to develop this afternoon..With gusts to 140 this evening before they subside near midnight.


 - ©Al C 2008

Conditions on Hoptoad Hill at publication time:
Temperature: 0°C
Wind: light E
Sky: overcast
Precip: freezing rain

Conditions from Environment Canada's local weather station in Western Head at publication time:
Temperature: 0.1°C
Pressure / Tendency: 102.2 kPa falling
Humidity: 97 %
Wind Chill: -3
Dewpoint: -0.4°C
Wind: ENE 10 km/h

The Environment Canada forecast for our area:

Freezing rain warning in effect.
Today..Periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle mixed with ice
pellets changing to rain near noon. Rainfall amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog
patches developing near noon. Wind northeast 30 km/h becoming
southeast 40 gusting to 70 this afternoon. High 9.
Tonight..Rain ending this evening then clearing. Amount 5 to 10 mm.
Fog patches dissipating overnight. Wind south 50 km/h gusting to 80
becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 this evening. Low zero.
Thursday..Sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light in the
morning. High 6.

Yesterday's official data from Environment Canada:
Temps: high:  10.1°  low: 0.1°   Precip: 2.8mm rain

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Windy,Mild,Freezing Rain Warning

This morning's weather photo

It warmed up quite nicely yesterday with afternoon highs reaching +5° here.Some clouds began to move into the area in the early afternoon and temps dropped to near freezing later.In the early evening they then began to rise once again.This morning it is quite mild and windy.Unfortunately,a downturn in conditions is expected tonight with a freezing rain warning in effect:
 
Queens County
4:29 AM AST Tuesday 4 March 2008
Freezing rain warning for Queens County issued
Several hours of freezing rain is expected across the province overnight in the south and elsewhere on Wednesday.
A frontal trough of low pressure currently north of the Maritimes will gradually slide southeastward today. Late this evening the trough will slide just south of Nova Scotia and remain nearly stationary overnight. Showers and mild temperatures south of the trough will change to freezing rain and ice pellets north of it. The area of freezing rain near the trough will move northward during the day Wednesday preceded by a brief period of snow. Southern counties will see the freezing rain change to rain Wednesday morning..Central and northern regions during the afternoon and Cape Breton Wednesday evening. 4 to 6 hours of freezing rain is expected. Roadways..Particularly side streets could become slippery and motorists are urged to exercise caution.

 - ©Al C 2008

Conditions on Hoptoad Hill at publication time:
Temperature: 5°C
Wind: moderate SW
Sky: overcast
Precip: none

Conditions from Environment Canada's local weather station in Western Head at publication time (my station pics):
Temperature: 4.8°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.3 kPa falling
Humidity: 91 %
Wind Chill:
Dewpoint: 3.4°C
Wind: SW 34 km/h

The Environment Canada forecast for our area:
Freezing rain warning in effect.
Today..Becoming cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers late this
morning and this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40
increasing to 40 gusting to 60 this morning. High 8.
Tonight..Periods of rain changing to periods of freezing rain mixed
with ice pellets overnight. Rainfall amount 2 mm. Fog patches
dissipating overnight. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming
west 20 this evening then east 30 overnight. Low minus 4.
Wednesday..Periods of freezing rain changing to periods of rain in
the morning. Rainfall amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog patches developing in
the morning. Wind east 30 km/h becoming southeast 30 gusting to 50 in
the afternoon then south 40 gusting to 60 in the evening. High 8.

Yesterday's official data from Environment Canada:
Temps: high:  4.6°  low: -8.3°   Precip: 0

Monday, March 3, 2008

Warmer Weather On The Way

This morning's weather photo

Yesterday was a mixed bag here.Some sun,some clouds,some flurries and temps around -5°.
Quite cool here this morning and clear.Temps are expected to be above freezing later today with a mild week on the way.
 - ©Al C 2008

Conditions on Hoptoad Hill at publication time:
Temperature: -10°C
Wind: calm
Sky: clear
Precip: none

Conditions from Environment Canada's local weather station in Western Head at publication time (my station pics):
Temperature: -5.7°C
Pressure / Tendency: 101.8 kPa rising
Humidity: 73 %
Wind Chill: -10
Dewpoint: -9.8°C
Wind: WNW 10 km/h

The Environment Canada forecast for our area:
Today..Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to
40 becoming west 20 this afternoon. High plus 3. UV index 3 or
moderate.
Tonight..Cloudy periods. Wind west 20 km/h becoming southwest 30
gusting to 50 near midnight. Low minus 1 with temperature rising to
plus 3 by morning.
Tuesday..Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers in the afternoon and
evening. Fog patches developing late in the day. Wind southwest 40
km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 20 in the evening. High 8.

Yesterday's official data from Environment Canada:
Temps: high:  2.2°  low: -5.6°   Precip: 0

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lots Of Ice

This morning's weather photo

Yesterday was pretty messy here.Snow began falling around 10:30AM and continued until early evening.The snow then changed to rain and most of the snow rained away.Overnight the temp dropped to below freezing and we had,and are having,flurries.In other words,we now have an ice mess here.
No real change or improvement in store for us today,tomorrow should be better.
 - ©Al C 2008

Conditions on Hoptoad Hill at publication time:
Temperature: -5°C
Wind: moderate SW
Sky: mostly overcast
Precip: light flurries

Conditions from Environment Canada's local weather station in Western Head at publication time (my station pics):
Temperature: -1.3°C
Pressure / Tendency: 99.7 kPa falling
Humidity: 90 %
Wind Chill: -9
Dewpoint: -2.8°C
Wind: WSW 41 km/h gust 55 km/h

The Environment Canada forecast for our area:
Today..A few rain showers changing to a few flurries early this
morning and ending this afternoon then cloudy. Fog patches
dissipating early this morning. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60
becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 near noon. Temperature falling to
minus 2 this afternoon.
Tonight..Clearing this evening. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70.
Low minus 7.
Monday..Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to
50 becoming west 20 in the afternoon. High plus 1.

Yesterday's official data from Environment Canada:
Temps: high:  4.0°  low: -10.6°   Precip: 12.9mm snow/rain