Hello folks, judging by how far down the TWO list the thread has fallen this week will tell you that this week isn't holding as much defined weather as the past 7 days. The cold plunge out West has gone for the most part, Vancouver having returned to the normal weather type of rain rather than snow, Calgary now seeing temps at or just below 0c rather than in the minus silly region and for Southern Ontario we're back into a more fluctuating pattern of one day cold, the next milder and despite the signs of last week that a more colder pattern would establish, this hasn't as of yet materilised.
Last week's fleeting glimspe of snow was just that fleeting. The snow event is wrote about last Thursday penned for Saturday went South literally. Parts of NY state done quite nicely out of it and even in the big apple itself, ploughable snow fell before turning to slush as temps rose. For Toronto/Hamilton it was a cm or two at best, nothing worth reporting on and although it was very nice to see at one stage 8cm of measured snow outside our home in Dundas, it was washed away by rain on Monday and thus the pattern seen for most of Dec/Early Jan returned.
Snow flurries yesterday have given way to clearer skies today before rain not snow moves into the GTA on Thursday. Temps cold for today at -2c back to +4c for tomorrow. The 5 day outlook remains very similar with wet storm days followed by snow flurries then more wet storms!!!
No lying snow in the city of Toronto either:I remember this area familiar its on the Gardiner and Bathurst:http://www.toronto.ca/trafficimages/loc16.jpgGardiner/York and Young:http://www.toronto.ca/trafficimages/loc9.jpgLooks very miserable just like in the UK!
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Quick post as it's a busy afternoon in the office. As Tallyho posted yesterday Freezing Rain did indeed affect parts of Southern Ontario, particulary those areas NE of the GTA, some locations SW of T.O. also saw extended periods of light freezing drizzle enough so that some GO Transit bus services were cancelled this morning during the rush-hour due to the dangerous road conditions and in the GTA, some school bus services were also badly affected.
Snow is now the main focus for the next 36hrs or so, a system is expected to develop over the next few hours and merge with another more potent lp for tomorrow to create snowfall totals between 2-5cm widely across Southern Ontario but in this case mainly the GTA/Lakeshore/Hamilton area. Local blowing snow being mentioned in the forecasts and EC advise not to drive tomorrow if at all possible, things could be proper nasty on some lakeshore area highways which sounds to me as code for maybe slightly higher lake-enhanced snowfall could be expected. One to watch for sure.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Sea Ice is causing issues in the Bering Strait off the coast of Alaska - sea ice is furthest south for 20 years
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Not surprised - it's been a brutal winter in Alaska. Of course the cold bottled up there for most of the winter has been one of the reasons much of the rest of NA has been so relatively mild.
-52c at Old Crow, Yukon right now. I thought that might be a faulty reading but temps in nearby Alaska are in the same extreme range.
Haven't heard from peter lately - less than a week ago it was -30C in Calgary and today it's plus +12C
Hello folks, quick Monday morning post to report that most of the Lakeshore/GTA area recieved a good fall of snow during Sunday afternoon and early evening causing some major problems on the roads around here as whiteout conditions were experienced briefly. The Spec sums it all up well this morning - http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/662779--two-collapse-shoveling-snow-as-hamilton-dumped-on. Dundas saw about 10cm, a normal amount but given what went before this winter the highest single snowfall event total of the season.
More snow on the way later today, maybe another 5cm (2inches) or so before it turns milder behind and we go into a less cold cycle as has been the case for most of the winter. At the minute, everything looking just fab and even snowless T.O. had some snow over the weekend and more for them also today.
And finally, some image that is of the ice flows over Alaska in the bering sea, very impressive and as has already been said, not surprising either given their snowy and cold winter so far. I wonder if the crews on Deadliest Catch are finding the crab thru all that ice?
Just read this, those kind of temperature changes must play havoc with peoples health.
I know I have lived there! - But never experienced that kind of erratic temeprature swing!
I do recall going into the Chinook centre shopping Mall for the first time on 9th/10th March 2005 in the afternoon when it was sunny and warm and the temperature was at +17C. But a few hours later I came out only to whitness snow at -2C by 9pm, when the shopping mall closed. - I was unprepared back then!
Peter will relate to that above very well.
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Yes, indeed we did have our week of winter - it was pretty brutal, temps getting down below -30c. Always good to stay indoors and watch the ice forming on the inside of the windows - not because it's cold inside, but because the temperature differential over the glass is enough to form ice!
Here's a sense of what the cold blast looked like:
Not much snow came, as predicted, and what did come has long since melted off, as we reverted back to warm and dry weather - temps sitting +10 to +15 above normal. I'm not really complaining - and funnily enough I noticed the catkins are starting to come out - VERY early, it's usually early March before they think of doing that.
Forecast has warm and sunny weather to continue for the forseeable future.
July 2011 - June 2012 StatsElevation: 1084mLatitude: 51° 6' NWarmest Temperature: 30.4c 29/08/11Coldest Temperature: -32.4c 18/01/12Days with thunderstorms: 4Days with rain falling: 20Days with snow falling: 21Days with snow lying: 63Maximum snow depth: 6" (15cm)Current snow depth 0" (patchy)
Hello folks, i notice that some spots particulary in Eastern & Southern England have seen snow, amazingly Scotland mostly snowfree for now by all accounts, hope your enjoying whatever the weather gave you this weekend! Over here in Ontario, things much quieter. Gone is the snow of last weekend and we're all green again after 14cm at one stage lay. This winter, unlike many before the snow doesn't remain for weeks on the ground as this topsy-turvy pattern continues.
Currently +4c but decent sunshine and this is the theme developing for the next week, much more settled and more sunshine but not overly cold, temps hovering around 0c.
Hello all, very quiet week of weather for Southern Ontario with temps as forecast around the 0c mark but with good sunshine and not overly cold at night either. Weather starts to change tomorrow as we introduce a cold front which will bring snow, maybe a touch of sleet for some but definately many winterylike problems by tomorrow evening as EC warn in this advisory :
Special weather statement for: City of Toronto Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent Sarnia - Lambton Elgin London - Middlesex Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand Oxford - Brant Niagara City of Hamilton Halton - Peel York - Durham Huron - Perth Waterloo - Wellington Dufferin - Innisfil Grey - Bruce Barrie - Orillia - Midland Belleville - Quinte - Northumberland Kingston - Prince Edward Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac Bancroft - Bon Echo Park Brockville - Leeds and Grenville City of Ottawa Gatineau Prescott and Russell Cornwall - Morrisburg Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake.Possible flash freeze late Friday.---------------------------------------------------------------------==discussion==A sharp Arctic cold front will cross Southern Ontario later on Friday. Northerly winds and some wet snow will herald the arrival of the front followed by a few hours of snow. Temperatures will fall quickly shortly after the front's passage. The combination of wet snow freezing on untreated roads along with a couple of centimetres of fresh snow may potentially create flash freeze conditions in some parts of Southern Ontario. This can be particularly hazardous forThe greater Toronto area as it may impact rush hour traffic.Environment Canada will monitor the development of this forecast problem, and will issue a flash freeze warning if it becomes more certain.Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from EnvironmentCanada at WWW.WEATHEROFFICE.GC.CA.
We've had about 3 flash freeze scenario's this winter so far and they are fairly unpleasant to walk or drive in . If this hits the GTA during the friday rush hour home, there could be some major issues. Snow amounts might not be much but it should be enough to white the ground again and make things feel like winter, if for a couple days.
On a more general note, the indications that some forecasters noted in mid-Jan about pattern changes and longer term pattern changes for the rest of the winter simply haven't happened. A week of colder and snowier weather for much of Canada isn't a pattern change IMO! For once, Brett Anderson's assessment as i recall of a continuation to what went before looks like being very accurate.
Haven't seen Graeme on here for a wee bit, hopefully all is well back in Fife. I wonder if your still looking for your winter?
Very quiet in your neck of the woods this winter.
Still happens sometimes, I guess normal service will be resumed by next winter at worse
Weekend greetings everyone.
I'm doing fine thanks Stewart - just seem to have been incredibly busy since starting a new job back in November. That coupled with the relatively quiet NA winter thus far has led to fewer posts from me. Still entirely snowless this winter here in NE Fife, to the extent that I haven't even seen a snowflake fall at home (as yet!). However I did get my fix of wintry weather last weekend in Amsterdam - three subzero days, 3" of snowfall and a -18c on Saturday morning - very much reminded me of being back in Canada!
Nice to see the T.O. webcams looking white this morning: http://www.rom.on.ca/visit/webcam.php A chilly -14c in Toronto as I write with windchill of -25c. While it will be less cold as we go into next week, there is still the prospect of some wintry weather for the Golden Horseshoe.
In the immediate short term a winter storm is targeting parts of Atlantic Canada today with heavy rain for more eastern and southern parts of NS and heavy snow on the 'cold side' of the storm in eastern New Brunswick. As often is the case Moncton seems like the bullseye in terms of snow, with 30cm in the forecast for tonight. It's already started snowing in Fredericton, further to the west: http://www.fredericton.ca/en/StJohnRiverWebcam.asp
Totally agree with your comments on the winter overall, Stewart - it's been a very odd one. The LRFs have been a complete bust. Still, it will be interesting to see if the end of February has a sting in its tail.
Talking of February, it's just about time for those magic words 'pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training' - a mantra for anyone who loves baseball. Would love to get down to Dunedin, FL to catch some games but alas it won't be this year. Nevertheless I'm intrigued to see how the upcoming season will unfold.
Have a great weekend.
Currently snowing in Times Square NYC:http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/But by New York's standards this is pretty poor in terms of accumulations!
Hello all, winter has indeed returned to Ontario and when it has set in this year, it still feels blooming freezing there's just (until now) been little sustainability to the pattern. We've got some fairly special weather conditions out there right now with drifting snow, gusts to 30kph a w/c of - silly amounts and until an hour ago, some flurries still falling.
Dundas not competing too badly with big T.O. as Graeme posted earlier, we got -13c air temp, -23 w/c overnight and by all reports T.O. only has 4cm of snow, we've got 6cm! Nothing amazing i admit, far from it but in this winter you take it. Other more proned locations have seen higher amounts according to TWN, parts of the Niagara Penninsula have upto 40cm - i'd say this is definately unconfirmed.
Staying cold for the next few days with more flurries, maybe not as super cold however. Winter trying hard! As for NYC, they are forecasted to see some accumulating snow today but parts of New England more so N & W of Boston should see the highest more disruptive snowfalls. This pattern sweeping all the way down to parts of the southeast of the United States tonight as even Atlanta sees low's overnight of -2 to -5c.
Glad to hear all is well Graeme, work / weather balance always a challenge (not sure what's more important) Perhaps the bank manager has a better idea. Looking forward as always to the baseball season, as you know i do try and follow other Canadian passions like Hockey & Basketball but i just can't get the same feelings about those sports compared to the Blue Jays. Excited for this summer as my family are coming out to Ontario in June and planning to take my dad to his first (and if he enjoys it, his second! MLB game). Nothing better than the Skydome on a clear sun-filled evening. Hopefully the team can improve further on a decent campaign last time out.
Have a great weekend everyone whatever your doing.
Classic Atlantic Canada winter storm warning - pretty much everything but the kitchen sink!
Fredericton and Southern York County4:44 PM AST Saturday 11 February 2012Winter storm warning for Fredericton and Southern York County continued15 to 30 cm of snow with blowing snow expected tonight.This is a warning that dangerous winter weather conditions are occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.An intensifying low pressure system will approach from the southwest moving over the Gulf of St Lawrence by Sunday morning. Total snowfall amounts of 15 cm are forecast by Sunday morning with up to 30 cm for Extreme Southeastern New Brunswick.Gusty winds will develop this evening and persist into Sunday morning. This combined with the fresh snow will give reduced visibilities in blowing snow.This storm will also produce a storm surge. This in combination with a run of high astronomical tides will produce higher than normal water levels at the high tides on Sunday. Some ice rafting can be expected at the high tide near noon from Point Escuminac to Cape Tormentine as strong winds drive the ice onshore.High water level warnings may be required for coastlines along the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland strait. Interests along these coastlines should take precautions.Additionally in the wake of this storm a very cold airmass will invade the province. Wind chill values are expected to reach minus 35 or colder Monday morning over most of Western New Brunswick.