Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Last Full Week Of July '08

Well,I had a little time to kill so I thought I'd send out a post.
The past week wasn't great but it could have been worse.Cristobal wasn't too bad here and actually delivered us some much needed rain.All is fine here now and the campfire ban has been lifted.The whole week was mostly cloudy but it was quite warm and today it's hot....34°C and humid with a little sun.
Yesterday was the best day of the week and I took advantage of it by clearing my calendar,going to the old homestead in the country and making a trip a mile or so in the woods to my Uncle's old log cabin.There's not much left th
ere anymore....the sands of time have taken their toll.He built it just after WW2 and used it up until about 20 years ago.Since then,it was nothing more than a stopping place for us when we were rabbit hunting.I haven't done that for about 10 years and this was my first trip there in many years.There's not much left of it now:

Anyways,it was a good walk and my 12 year old nephew enjoyed making the trip with me via his bicycle:

There's better weather on the way for the upcoming week....I guess.We're going back into the oven again and the rains/clouds are basically out of the area.

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Note:The temps shown in the forecast block on the right are collected at the nearest local weather station located at Western Head which is very near the ocean.The temps there are quite different than here usually.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Last update on Cristobal


Last update on Cristobal
Not a lot to report.Conditions weren't too bad here.We got some rain,around 90mm reported from the local EC weather station,and NO strong winds.
Temps were in the mid-20°C for the day.There was some brief clearing in the early afternoon when the bulk of the storm had passed.Some drizzle moved in afterwards and will persist for the rest of the night.
Showers and seasonal temps are forecast for the rest of the week.

Cristobal to bring heavy rain our way today


By The Canadian Press
Tue. Jul 22 - 5:25 AM

Nova Scotia is bracing for a downpour as tropical storm Cristobal churns its way up the Atlantic Coast towards the province.
Up to 100 millimetres of rain could be dumped on Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia as the storm moves into the region early today.
Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for southwestern and coastal areas reaching up to Guysborough County.
"The Fundy coast of New Brunswick and southern parts of P.E.I. could see heavy rain, but not as much as southwestern Nova Scotia," said meteorologist Bob Robichaud.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth cautioned that the heavy rains could cause flooding in some areas.
Much of the Maritimes was already drenched on Monday by a separate weather system.
Robichaud said there won’t be much of a difference once Cristobal arrives.
"It’s going to be showers that are becoming more frequent and heavier as the day goes on," he said.
Forecasters said the storm’s most powerful gusts would remain offshore as the centre of Cristobal moves over Georges Bank around midday today.
The rain should end from west to east tonight as Cristobal moves east, and is due to settle off the coast of southern Newfoundland by Thursday.
Cristobal formed as a tropical storm off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, but is expected to be downgraded to post-tropical storm status once it hits Nova Scotia.
On Monday afternoon, Cristobal was moving away from the North Carolina coast at around 20 kilometres per hour, tracking northeast with maximum winds of 102 kilometres per hour.
Weather systems are considered tropical storms when they reach maximum sustained winds of 62 kilometres per hour.
The storm brought heavy rain and rough seas to the Carolina coast over the weekend.
Minor flooding was reported Saturday in Wilmington, N.C., and the area picked up over 87 millimetres of rain, a record for the day.

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Note:The temps shown in the forecast block on the right are collected at the nearest local weather station located at Western Head which is very near the ocean.The temps there are quite different than here usually.

Monday, July 21, 2008

WEATHER WARNING - JULY 21

A FRONTAL SYSTEM OVER NOVA SCOTIA WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE PERIODS OF RAIN
TONIGHT. THE RAIN WILL BE AT TIMES HEAVY WITH THUNDERSHOWERS ESPECIALLY
OVER SOUTHWESTERN SECTIONS OVERNIGHT. ON TUESDAY TROPICAL STORM
CRISTOBAL WILL APPROACH FROM THE SOUTHWEST AND MOVE TO LIE SOUTH OF
HALIFAX TUESDAY EVENING. STORM FORCE WINDS SHOULD REMAIN WELL OFFSHORE
WITH THIS SYSTEM WITH GALE FORCE WINDS BRUSHING THE ATLANTIC COAST.
HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSHOWERS WILL ACCOMPANY CRISTOBAL OVER ALL OF NOVA
SCOTIA WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS IN THE SOUTHWEST AND ALONG THE ATLANTIC
COAST. 50 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN IS FORECAST FOR THESE AREAS WITH LOCAL
AMOUNTS UPWARDS TO 100 MILLIMETRES POSSIBLE. THE RAIN SHOULD END FROM
WEST TO EAST TUESDAY NIGHT AS CRISTOBAL MOVES EAST OF NOVA SCOTIA.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Heat Continues But Rain On The Way

Well the past week was again crazily hot here....along with high humidity and high UV indexes.Most afternoons had temps reaching 40°C or more in my backyard.
We are still badly in need of rain having had only a few showers during the past week even when the weatherman was calling for more.There is a chance that we may get some this week....another tropical storm,Christobal,is forecast to com
e near our southern coast,aka my area,on Tuesday.Even if we have to endure tropical storm force winds it will be worth it to get some rain before everything here dries up.It's too early in the summer for us to be in this state and there's lots of hot weather yet to come.
If anything transpires from the storm I will update the blog.Meanwhile,check the cams for a look at the weather outside my window.

Have a great week.

The latest statement from the Canadian Hurricane Center:
WOCN31 CWHX 200600
TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL INFORMATION STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE
CANADIAN HURRICANE CENTRE OF ENVIRONMENT CANADA AT 3.00 AM ADT
SUNDAY 20 JULY 2008.


THE NEXT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY 9.00 AM ADT

... CRISTOBAL SHOWS NO SIGN OF STREGTHENING...

1. CURRENT POSITION, STRENGTH, CENTRAL PRESSURE AND MOTION
AT 3.00 AM ADT... TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 33.8 N AND LONGITUDE 77.0 W... ABOUT 50 NAUTICAL MILES
OR 95 KM EAST SOUTHEAST OF WILMINGTON . MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS
ARE ESTIMATED AT 40 KNOTS... 74 KM/H... AND CENTRAL PRESSURE AT
1004 MB. CRISTOBAL IS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 5 KNOTS... 9 KM/H.

2. FORECAST POSITION, CENTRAL PRESSURE AND STRENGTH
DATE TIME LAT LON MSLP MAX WIND
ADT MB KTS KMH
JUL 20 3.00 AM 33.8N 77.0W 1004 40 74
JUL 20 3.00 PM 34.6N 75.8W 999 50 93
JUL 21 3.00 AM 36.0N 74.0W 996 55 102
JUL 21 3.00 PM 37.9N 71.5W 997 50 93
JUL 22 3.00 AM 40.8N 67.9W 1000 45 83
JUL 22 3.00 PM 43.3N 65.0W 1004 35 65

JUL 23 3.00 AM 46.9N 60.8W 1012 25 46

3. PUBLIC WEATHER IMPACTS AND WARNINGS SUMMARY
GIVEN FORECAST TRACK, EXPECT SOME RAIN AND GUSTY WINDS ON TUESDAY
OVER NORTHEASTERN NOVA SCOTIA.

4. MARINE WEATHER IMPACTS AND WARNINGS SUMMARY
TROPICAL FORCE WINDS BEGINNING GEORGE
S BANK TUESDAY MORNING AND
SPREADING NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH THE DAY.

5. TECHNICAL DISCUSSION
A. ANALYSIS
WILMINGTON RADAR COMBINED WITH OFFSHORE BOUYS GIVE GOOD IDEA
OF POSITION. CONVECTION ON SAT PIX NOT
WELL ORGANISED EXCEPT
FOR SUDDEN BLOSSOMING JUST SOUTH OF CENTRE AT 03 ZULU.
QUICKSCAT AND ASCAT DID NOT SCAN OVER CRISTOBAL.

B. PROGNOSTIC
LITTLE CHANGE IN FORECAST TRACK. AS MENTIONED
CRISTOBAL IS EMBEDDED IN A BROAD UPPER RIDGE. THIS RIDGE LIES
ROUGHLY ALONG THE 28 NORTH LATITUDE SO THIS SHOULD NUDGE THE
SYSTEM SLOWLY INTO THE UPPER LATITUD
ES. WESTERLIES
KICK IN AT 40 NORTH. UPPER TROUGH DOES NOT APPROACH UNTIL
MONDAY MORNING SO AT THAT TIME WE SHOULD BEGIN TO GET A
GOOD HANDLE ON CRISTOBAL AS IT GETS CAUGHT UP IN THE UPPER WINDS
AND ACCELERATES NORTHEASTWARD. CRISTOBAL WILL CROSS THE NORTH WALL
OF THE GULF STREAM MONDAY EVENING SO WEAKENING IS A CERTAINTY
THEREAFTER.

C. PUBLIC WEATHER
A WARM FRONT WILL CAUSE RAIN ON MONDAY FOR NOVA SCOTIA. WITH
TROPICAL MOISTURE FEEDING INTO FRONTAL SYSTEM ON TUESDAY.. WE
EXPECT MUCH THE SAME FOR TUESDAY WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS.

D. MARINE WEATHER
WILL PUT GALE FORCE WINDS INTO MARINE E
XTENDED FORCAST FOR
SOUTHWESTERN WATERS OF THE MARITIME MARINE DISTRICT.


The 5 Day forecast:

Today
Day: Cloudy with sunny periods and 30 percent chance of showers. Fog patches retreating to the coast early this morning. High 22. UV index 7 or high.
Night: Cloudy. Showers beginning this evening. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches spreading inland this evening. Low 16.
Monday
Rain with the risk of a thundershower. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Fog patches. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the morning. High 20.
Tuesday
Rain. Windy. Low 17. High 26.
Wednesday
Showers. Low 14. High 26.
Thursday
Showers. Low 16. High 24.

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Note:The temps shown in the forecast block on the right are collected at the nearest local weather station located at Western Head which is very near the ocean.The temps there are quite different than here usually.