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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #320 on: December 18, 2018, 03:05:27 AM »
CANADA | Holiday snow report
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Millions are in jeopardy
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Some cities may defy historical trends
Current Time 1:25

Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:00 AM -    It is the question that I am asked more any other question this time of year – will we see a White Christmas?

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #321 on: December 19, 2018, 03:36:41 AM »
Yesterday's hot and cold spots ...

Hot spot in Ontario: 4.2 °C   39.6 °F Long Point; Port Colborne

Cold spot in Ontario: -23.4 °C   -10.1 °F Fort Severn Airport

Hot spot in Canada: 12.0 °C   53.6 °F Fincastle, AB

Cold spot in Canada: -39.6 °C   -39.3 °F Eureka, NU

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #322 on: December 20, 2018, 03:40:15 AM »
Environment Canada issues special weather statement for Montreal
DH Montreal Staff Dec 19, 2018 6:13 am

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Montreal.

A period of “widespread freezing rain” is expected to surface by Friday followed by heavy rainfall.

A low pressure system from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to track northward and affect most of Quebec starting on Thursday night.

“Untreated surfaces like roads, walkways and parking lots could become icy, slippery and dangerous,” according to the weather website.
Environment Canada

The Weather Network

The warning was posted on Wednesday morning at 4:16 AM and is effect for the following areas:

    Châteauguay – La Prairie area
    Laval
    Longueuil – Varennes area
    Montreal Island area

Environment Canada urges citizens to monitor weather alerts and updates and to be safe when travelling outside.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #323 on: December 21, 2018, 03:20:39 AM »
A year of wild weather: Environment Canada releases the Top 10 weather stories of 2018

From B.C. fires to flooding in New Brunswick, no region was spared from extreme events
Nicole Mortillaro · CBC News · Posted: Dec 20, 2018 5:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 38 minutes ago

Every year, Environment and Climate Change Canada releases its top ten weather stories. And this year, there was no shortage of extreme weather events across the country.

From coast-to-coast-to-coast, virtually nowhere was spared extreme weather in 2018.

But people are most likely to remember the raging wildfires that consumed British Columbia, the number one story on the list.

Though the fire season had a late start, by Aug. 15, the province had issued a state of emergency as 566 fires had ignited.

And they just kept on going.

By the end of August, approximately 12,985 square kilometres were burning in B.C., beating the worst fire season in the province's history — set only one year earlier —  when 12,161 square kilometres burned.

The disaster didn't stop at provincial borders.

Smoke from the fires — combined with those from Washington state, Oregon and California — drifted straight across the country. For weeks, more than 10 million Canadians, from B.C. to the Atlantic Provinces, were impacted by the smoke.

In this image taken by NASA's MODIS satellite on Aug. 24, smoke is seen stretching from B.C. to Newfoundland and Labrador. (NASA/Worldview)

"You didn't have to see the flames to be impacted," said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada who has been compiling this list for more than 20 years. "There's no question about it: Hotter and drier and milder winters are sort of greasing the skids to get more of these [fires]. But the smoke... it was so dominant across the country."

In fact, it was so bad that cities from Kelowna, B.C. — which was in the thick of it — to Winnipeg saw a higher number of days than normal with smoke and haze. Kelowna experienced 290 hours of hazy, smoke-filled air, much higher than the norm of three.

"From a health point of view … to me it was the number one story," Phillips said.

The fires were a perfect example of how the weather doesn't have to be in your backyard for you to be affected by it, he said. "You can fight the flames but you can't fight the smoke."

'Part of a global heat wave'

The heat was another big weather story of 2018.

On the July 1 long weekend, the heat put a bit of a damper on Canada Day festivities in the nation's capital when the humidex value reached 48 C. Attendance for celebrations in Ottawa was 6,000, down from an expected 20,000.

In Quebec, more than 90 people died of heat-related causes after a stifling heat wave where temperatures sat in the high 30s for several days in August. To compound matters, humidex values in some areas reached into the mid-40s.

Canada wasn't alone; people straight across the globe were feeling the heat. In Japan, more than 20,000 people were taken to hospital with heat stroke in early July as temperatures soared to 35 C in some areas. More than 70 people died as a result of heat-related causes.

Record heat was also recorded across Scandinavia. Several locations in the Arctic Circle reported temperatures of 30 C or higher.

"It was part of a global heat wave," Phillips said. "There was no escaping it."

Other stories include the hot and dry conditions in the Prairies that had devastating effects on agriculture; storms in Ontario that cost the province upwards of $1 billion; the tornadoes in Ottawa-Gatineau on the last day of summer and the floods in B.C. and New Brunswick.
Laurel Wingrove assesses the tornado damage to her home in Dunrobin, Ont., outside of Ottawa after a tornado tore through the area in September. (Kristin Nelson/CBC)

While not directly in the top ten stories, Phillips said that the north isn't left out in the cold. In fact, he noted the Arctic heat wave, heat in the Yukon and hours of blizzards as just some of the stories for the region.

Phillips said he has noticed big changes with the list over the 23 years he has been compiling it.

"In those early years, it was hard to come up with top ten stories," Phillips said. "But now it's hard to pare it down."

With a rapidly changing climate, he said years from now the weather in 2018 will seem normal.

"I don't think it will ever be quiet."

Visit Environment and Climate Change Canada to see the detailed list.
About the Author

Nicole Mortillaro

Senior Reporter, Science

Nicole has an avid interest in all things science. As an amateur astronomer, Nicole can be found looking up at the night sky appreciating the marvels of our universe. She is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the author of several books.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/top-ten-weather-stories-2018-1.4952742

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #324 on: December 27, 2018, 06:22:04 AM »
Special weather statement calls for messy end to week

The snow and rain is expected to start Friday
Sarah Morin · CBC News · Posted: Dec 26, 2018 10:00 AM AT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago
Environment Canada says driving conditions could become treacherous Friday afternoon. (Submitted by @atlnortheast/Instagram)

A special weather statement from Environment Canada is calling for messy weather Friday.

The special weather statement is in place for Kings County, Prince County and Queens County.

A low pressure system will move east across southern Quebec Friday, bringing snow and rain to the Maritimes.

Snow is expected to hit Prince Edward Island Friday afternoon. In the evening, it's forecasted to change to ice pellets and freezing rain. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing Friday night, turning the ice pellets to rain Saturday morning.

Environment Canada says driving conditions could become treacherous Friday afternoon.

They have not forecasted how much snow and rain is expected to fall.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #325 on: December 28, 2018, 03:07:19 AM »
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 9:04 PM -    The calendar may say we're headed into the end of December, but a very fall-like storm is taking aim on Ontario for later this week. Very mild temperatures will accompany this potent low pressure system, currently brewing in the southern Plains of the United States and set to sweep into eastern Canada Thursday and Friday. That means more rain than snow is in the cards for southern and central Ontario, although with cold air in place ahead of the system, it also means the risk for some widespread freezing rain. And those double-digit temperatures won't be with us for very long -- cold air descends behind the low to send temperatures back to seasonal -- or below -- for the weekend. We take a look at the timing, as well as a sneak peek at the start of the new year, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:
    Mild, rainy system takes aim on Ontario late week
    Surging temperatures will push highs into double-digits, briefly
    Freezing rain expected along leading edge of system
    Active pattern takes us into 2019

While Ontario is no stranger to powerful low pressure systems climbing out of the southern United States -- the infamous Colorado low, for example -- this system has a slightly different source region, set to develop slightly further south and west and then continue on a more northerly path than is typical for this time of year. The result? A low pressure centre traveling over the Upper Great Lakes and bringing a large surge of warm air with it over the rest of southern, central, and eastern Ontario.

This means we're looking at a much rainier prognosis than one might expect for this time of the year, with widespread precipitation of the non-frozen variety expected over the region beginning on Thursday. Rain is likely to stretch across all of southern Ontario by Friday morning, with afternoon temperatures climbing into the double digits for many; maybe even the low teens in the southwest, depending on how fast, and how thoroughly, the clouds clear out behind the rain.

FREEZING RAIN RISK LEADS THE WARMTH
To get to those mild temperatures, however, we need to clear out the cold that's already in place. During that transition -- as the system pushes in overnight Thursday into Friday -- is when we're looking at the risk for a band of freezing rain to develop along the warm front. Initial temperatures may be too warm across most of southwestern Ontario, Niagara, and the western GTA, but freezing rain looks likely to the north of Toronto, up into cottage country, and into eastern Ontario, including for the National Capital Region. Northeastern Ontario, including North Bay and Sudbury could also be into the freezing rain by early Friday, with the potential for a long-lived period of freezing rain and ice pellets as the transition line stalls over the region.

As is always the case, the exact track of the low will make all the difference in the details -- stay with us here at The Weather Network as we follow this developing forecast. What does seem certain, however, is that those warm temperatures won't last for long. While it doesn't look like southern or eastern Ontario will see much snow from this system, the cold air does descend once again behind it. High temperatures will drop by up to 15 degrees for some between Friday and Sunday.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEW YEAR
This storm marks the end of a relatively quiet period of weather for Ontario, as a more-active storm track is set to take us into 2019. "We're looking at an active and tricky pattern heading into New Year's Eve and the first few days of January," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "Colder weather will spread into the region but mild air to the south will continue to fight back with a couple more messy systems likely."

If you're hoping for the winter cold to settle in, you might have a bit longer to wait. "A colder pattern is expected after January 3rd," says Gillham, "but it's uncertain if this will be the beginning of the more persistent winter pattern or if a changeable pattern will continue deeper into January before locking into a colder pattern."

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #326 on: December 29, 2018, 03:42:26 AM »
Fall-like storm brings double-digit temperatures to Ontario

Friday, December 28, 2018, 7:27 AM -    The calendar may say we're days away from January, but a fall-like storm is taking aim at southern Ontario ahead of the weekend, bringing snow to northern and central Ontario, and rain across much of southern Ontario.

Above-seasonal temperatures are also in the cards for the southern Ontario, though with a brief risk of freezing rain in the east. And those double-digit temperatures won't be with us for very long — cold air descends behind the low to send temperatures back to seasonal, or below, for the weekend.

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #327 on: December 31, 2018, 04:03:10 AM »
Who will rebuild after a climate disaster as workers retire and weather worsens?
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/jobs-labour-market-climate-change-1.4944803

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Re: Weather in Canada 2018
« Reply #328 on: January 01, 2019, 02:56:13 AM »
Wild winter weather to slam Quebec with freezing rain, heavy snowhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/snow-freezing-rain-warnings-new-years-1.4962086


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