Mild & Dry Continues...Fog Down Below, Melting Snow Above ;( Jan 15th
- A high pressure ridge is hanging on just to the south of us, strengthening over the next couple of days
- Morning fog will continue to increase over the next few days as an inversion builds in - this means dry afternoons with the sun making an appearance for many, but warm temperatures for the local mountains
- Afternoon temps for many will continue to climb into the 7-9 degree range for the south coast, with cool overnight lows. Tough to say though how well temps will recover if fog hangs around a little linger Thu & Fri. There is a chance Vancouver could end up staying cool all day Thu & Fri
- Thanks to the inversion - temps will actually be a few degrees warmer aloft. Not good news for skiers
- Next chance of rain will be a few showers this Saturday...but high pressure is building back in for more (unseasonably) dry weather next week
Big Winds for the Prairies
- Wind warnings cover all three Prairie provinces today with gusts over 120 km/h already being recorded in parts of Alberta early this morning.
- A powerful storm system is now tracking through Northern Saskatchewan but is bringing very strong westerly winds to Eastern Alberta, Southern Saskatchewan today and Manitoba tonight.
- Winds are gusting to in excess of 100 km/h along and immediately behind the system so the strongest winds will move through SK and into MB tonight...but winds will remain strong for the rest of the day/evening across the prairies
- The system is also bringing mild air ahead of it - record breaking temps today in Alberta and records will likely fall in SK today & tomorrow as well with temps a good 10-15 degrees above seasonal...melting snow for the next 5 days
- The hurricane-force winds, are make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, and no confirmation that a derailed train in Edmonton was due to winds but they were gusting to 120 km/h at the time
- Meanwhile, a barn Collapse in Rocky Mountain House may have been due to weight of snow: Red Deer has seen double their average snowfall. 140 cm as of today when the normals are 69 cm...but a dry start to January.
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Parade of Clippers for Ontario
- A series of Alberta clippers (fast-moving Prairies storms) will continue to follow the conveyor-belt jetstream through the great lakes over the next 5 days, bringing quick snowfall of 1-3 cm each day, gusty winds and cool temps
- Will mean tricky driving ahead for big cities like Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and a mixed bag of conditions for Atlantic Canada
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Los Angeles: Drought Conditions, Wildfire Danger Escalate
- With no rain in sight for Southern California, drought conditions are escalating to a dire state.
- The fire danger grew at the beginning of the week, as Santa Ana winds swept the region and yesterday, a wildfire damaged homes and vehicles, and scorched about two acres of land in the Jurupa Valley area of Riverside County
- California had its driest year on record in 2013
NOAA Releases it's Annual Climate Summary for the US
- California had its driest year on record, and Michigan and North Dakota their wettest years. The interior of the Lower 48 had 7 combined tornado, flooding, and drought disasters. But, overall, 2013 was unremarkable for weather extremes, NOAA's end-of-year report finds.
Nasa launches three military rockets
- Three rockets blasted off Wednesday on secret missions for the US military, US space agency Nasa said.
- The US Department of Defense has requested that Nasa not provide real-time launch updates, it said.