Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rain at times heavy.Wind 70 gusting to 110.Temperature steady near 22.

4 September 2010
Conditions at my location near Liverpool,NS at 8:46:02 AM : 22.8°C (Normals: Max: 22°C Min: 13°C) | Rain/wind | Wind: ESE 55 gust 68 km/h

Yesterday was another hot one here with temps in the low 30Cs once again.Humidity levels were very high and ‘feel like’ readings were near or above 40C.The evening was calm and warm.By midnight we were beginning to get some wind from Earl.
Earl shifted it’s track this morning and will now travel along the south shore.Currently it is raining quite heavily here and the wind is beginning to get quite strong,We are in for a few hours of hurricane conditions.

The forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada :
Hurricane watch in effect

Tropical storm warning in effect

Wind warning in effect

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today
Rain at times heavy ending this afternoon then cloudy. Risk of thundershowers early this morning. Amount 50 to 70 mm. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 70 gusting to 110 this morning then becoming southwest 50 gusting to 80. Temperature steady near 22.

Tonight
Clearing this evening. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 60. Low 15.

Sunday
Sunny. Wind southwest 20 km/h. High 20.

Monday
Sunny. Low 15. High 24.

Today’s Weather Trivia:
4 September 1882: About 3:00 PM in Ottawa, ON, a thunderbolt set Central School's cupola on fire and 400 panicky pupils ran outside. A bolt also broke the 4th class's window and grazed the teacher's neck, severely burning her to her heels before knocking her "senseless." The "electric fluid" (the name for lightning then) resembled a large fireball. A school inspector who was also hit did not recover quickly. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Sky Events:
• International Space Station (next visible sighting):
Date: Saturday, September 04, 2010
Time: 08:47 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 20°
Approach: 16° above NNW
Departure: 16° above NE

Time: 10:22 PM
Duration: Less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 19°
Approach: 19° above NW
Departure: 19° above NW



• Vega, the brightest star of Lyra, the harp, crosses high across the sky tonight. It stands almost directly overhead around 9 or 9:30 p.m. The pure white star is about 25 light-years away, making it one of our closest neighbors. – [Star Date Online]

• AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be low.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. High 22 except 30 inland.

3 September 2010
Conditions at my location near Liverpool,NS at 7:01:50 AM : 19.4°C (Normals: Max: 22°C Min: 13°C) | Overcast | Wind: WSW 15 km/h
Yesterday wasn’t quite as hot as the previous 3 or 4 days but temps did reach into the lower 30Cs.The evening was warm and humid.Overnight temps were in the upper teens.
There are no effects of Earl here yet as it is still 18 to 24 hours away.There are numerous watches and warnings now in place,though, and we can expect winds of at least 100kph and heavy rain tomorrow.

The forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada :
Hurricane watch in effect

Rainfall warning in effect

Tropical storm warning in effect

Wind warning in effect.

Today
Sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. High 22 except 30 inland.

Tonight
Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning overnight. Risk of thundershowers overnight. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Fog patches developing this evening. Wind becoming southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 late this evening then increasing to 50 gusting to 80 overnight. Low 21.

Saturday
Rain at times heavy ending near noon then clearing. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Wind southeast 50 km/h gusting to 80 increasing to 80 gusting to 110 then becoming southwest 50 gusting to 80 late in the morning. Temperature falling to 19 in the morning then steady.

Sunday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 16. High 22.

Today’s Weather Trivia:
3 September 1951: About 10 km southwest of Pleasant Valley, SK, a twister emerged from a storm cloud and tore through a farmyard, lifting a garage above the treetops and smashing it to the ground. The whirling air column travelled for about 2 km, picking up a barley swath before raining it down a distance away. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Sky Events:
• International Space Station (next visible sighting):
Date: Friday, September 03, 2010
Time: 08:21 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 21°
Approach: 19° above NNW
Departure: 15° above NNE

Time: 09:56 PM
Duration: 1 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 25°
Approach: 19° above NNW
Departure: 25° above N


• The constellation Cetus, the whale or the sea monster, is just swinging into view in the evening sky right now. It stands low on the eastern horizon around 10 p.m. and swings into the southwest by daybreak. – [Star Date Online]

• AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be low.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Humidex advisory in effect.Sunny.High 32.

2 September 2010
Conditions at my location near Liverpool,NS at 7:12:44 AM : 21.2°C (Normals: Max: 22°C Min: 13°C) | Overcast | Wind: SSW 11 km/h

As the heat wave continued.yesterday was the hottest day of the summer with the afternoon high reaching 35°C.Humidity levels were high and the ‘feel like’ temp was over 40C.Evening temps were in the upper 20s and the overnight low was 21.
Today is expected to be another hot one with temps once again reaching into the 30s.
Hurricane Earl is still on it’s way here and will be making landfall on Saturday between late morning and the early afternoon.Wind speeds are expected to be well over 100kph.Rainfall amounts will be near 100mm.

The forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada :
Humidex advisory in effect.
Today
Sunny. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. Wind west 20 km/h. High 32.

Tonight
Clear. Low 18.

Friday
Increasing cloudiness in the morning. Fog patches late in the evening. High 22 except 30 inland.

Today’s Weather Trivia:
2 September 1938: Eleven people died when torrential rains pounded eastern Quebec. The deluge raised water levels in several rivers and set off a rockslide on a tenement apartment building at St. Gregoire de Montmorency. Six members of one family drowned in their sleep when intense rains loosened a ponderous chunk of earth from the 50-m cliff. Standing water reached hip-high in spots. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Sky Events:
• International Space Station (next visible sighting):
Date: Thursday, September 02, 2010
Time: 09:29 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 20°
Approach: 16° above NNW
Departure: 16° above NE


• The star Spica splits the gap between the planets Venus and Mars this evening. They are low in the west shortly after sunset. Venus is the bright “evening star.” Spica is just to its upper right, with Mars a little farther along the same line. – [Star Date Online]

• AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be minimal.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sunny.High 24 except 33 inland. UV index 7.

1 September 2010
Conditions at my location near Liverpool,NS at 6:59:56 AM : 21.8°C (Normals: Max: 22°C Min: 13°C) | Hazy | Wind: WNW 16 km/h
Yesterday was another very hot day here with temps in the low 30C range and high humidity levels.There was a slight breeze which was quite welcome.Temps remained very warm through the evening with upper 20C temps at midnight.Overnight temps were in the lower 20Cs.
The extremely hot,record breaking,weather is expected to continue until the weekend.We are expecting 30C temps with humidex values near 40 until then.
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Hurricane Earl continues it’s trek northward and is expected to impact our area starting early Saturday morning.It is still expected to be a class 1 to 2 storm when it makes landfall in the southwestern part of the province..Widespread damage is a distinct possibility with sustained winds over 100k/ph expected.
Since Earl is still a few days away there is still a possibility of a course change.Regardless,we will definitely be within the forecast cone and high winds and torrential rains will be battering the area on Saturday.

The forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada :
Today
Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon except gusting to 40 along parts of the coast. High 24 except 33 inland. UV index 7 or high.

Tonight
Clear. Fog patches overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h except gusting to 40 along parts of the coast early this evening. Wind becoming light this evening. Low 19.

Thursday
Sunny. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the afternoon except gusting to 40 along parts of the coast late in the afternoon and in the evening. High 33.

Friday
Cloudy. Low 21. High 26.

Today’s Weather Trivia:
1 September 2006: This summer was Canada's 2nd warmest on record, with temperatures 1.4°C above normal. Most of Canada had above-normal average temperatures from June 1 to August 30, but northern temperatures were more than 2.5° above normal. Canadian summers had not been below normal since 1992, when volcanic ash from the Philippines' Mount Pinatubo caused temporary cooling worldwide. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Sky Events:
• International Space Station (next visible sighting):
Date: Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Time: 09:01 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 20° above NNW
Departure: 15° above NNE

• Venus, Spica, and Mars form a short, bright diagonal line low in the west-southwest as night falls. Venus is the brightest of the three, with Spica close by. Watch as they shift position over the next few nights. – [Star Date Online]

• AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be minimal.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunny.High 32. UV index 7.

31 August 2010
Conditions at my location near Liverpool,NS at 7:26:06 AM : 19.0°C (Normals: Max: 22°C Min: 13°C) | Clear | Wind: SW 12 km/h

It was absolutely scorching here yesterday with temps in the lower 30Cs and humidex values near 40C.The evening remained warm with temps in the 20s,dropping to the upper teens overnight.
More of the same is expected today and it may possibly be even hotter.The hot weather is expected to continue until the weekend.

Hurricane Earl will impact our area this Saturday.The current track has it making landfall somewhere near here on the South Shore.It is still too early to tell how much wind and rain to expect but everyone should be prepared for the worse.This storm has the potential to be as destructive here as Juan was to the city area in Sept of 2003.

The forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada :
Today
Sunny. Wind becoming west 20 km/h late this morning. High 32. UV index 7 or high.

Tonight
A few clouds. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 20.

Wednesday
Sunny. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the afternoon except gusting to 40 along parts of the coast in the afternoon and early in the evening. High 33 except 24 along parts of the coast.

Thursday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 22. High 32 except 25 along parts of the coast.


Today’s Weather Trivia:
31 August 2008: Several dozen people were enjoying a bonfire on Middle Cove beach in eastern Newfoundland around 8:30 p.m. when a giant rogue wave out of nowhere rolled them over. People ran for higher ground and strangers helped each other from being carried out to sea. There were no serious injuries or drownings. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Sky Events:
• International Space Station (next visible sighting):
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 08:34 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 31°
Approach: 30° above NW
Departure: 15° above NE


Time: 10:09 PM
Duration: Less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 20°
Approach: 18° above NNW
Departure: 20° above N


• Venus, the brightest object in the night sky after the Moon, has a close companion tonight. Spica, the brightest star of Virgo, is quite close to the upper right of Venus as the sky begins to darken. They are low in the western sky. – [Star Date Online]

• AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be minimal.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunny.High 30. UV index 6.

30 August 2010
Conditions at my location near Liverpool,NS at 7:28:25 AM : 19.0°C (Normals: Max: 22°C Min: 13°C) | Clear | Wind: NW 21 km/h
Yesterday was quite warm here with temps in the upper 20Cs.The evening was mild with rising humidity levels.Overnight temps were in the high teens.
A late summer ‘heat wave’ is now parked over our area and temps will be almost 10° above normal for the next 3 or 4 days.Things will be changing at the end of the week when Hurricane Earl arrives.Whether or not we will get a direct hit is yet to be determined.At this point it looks like it may possible stay offshore but it will be close enough for us to be getting wind and rain.

The forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada :
Today
Sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 30. UV index 6 or high.

Tonight
A few clouds. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 18.

Tuesday
Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming west 30 km/h late in the morning. High 32.

Wednesday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 20. High 31 except 22 along parts of the coast.

Today’s Weather Trivia:
30 August 2008: A slow-moving low pressure system brought copious amounts of rain to parts of southern Manitoba. The heaviest amounts occurred from Dauphin through Gypsumville to Berens River where upwards of 100 mm fell. Overland flooding swamped fields, swelled ditches, and overtopped roads. More September rains were the final straw for cattle producers who, unable to afford hay, began liquidating their herds. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Sky Events:
• International Space Station (next visible sighting):
Date: Monday, August 30, 2010
Time: 09:42 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 21° above NNW
Departure: 16° above NNE

• Venus and Spica huddle quite close together in the west early the next two evenings. Tonight, Spica is a little to the upper left of Venus, the brilliant "evening star." Mars, which is a little fainter than Spica, is to their right. – [Star Date Online]

• AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be quiet.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

High 28 except 22 along parts of the coast. UV index 6.

29 August 2010
Conditions at my location near Liverpool,NS at 8:35:03 AM : 16.1°C (Normals: Max: 22°C Min: 13°C) | Clear | Wind: W 3km/h



The forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada :
Today
Sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h near noon. High 28 except 22 along parts of the coast. UV index 6 or high.

Tonight
Clear. Fog patches along parts of the coast. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 17.

Monday
Sunny. High 22 except 30 inland.

Tuesday
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 21. High 30 except 22 along parts of the coast.

Today’s Weather Trivia:
29 August 2004: Lightning ended a marathon ball-hockey game near Ottawa, ON, but the 32 players still broke a world record and raised thousands of dollars for charity. Although 42 minutes short of their goal, they beat the Guinness World Record by lasting 27 hours, 18 minutes. The biggest problem was enduring 30°C heat and oppressive humidity; some players suffered mild sunstroke and bad sunburn. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada


Sky Events:
• International Space Station (next visible sighting):
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Time: 09:14 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 34°
Approach: 32° above NW
Departure: 16° above NE


• Cygnus, the swan, glides high across the sky tonight. It is high in the east at nightfall. Its brightest star, Deneb, marks its tail, while the binary star Albireo marks its head. – [Star Date Online]

• AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be quiet.