Oh Hail No!

September 26, 2018
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In some areas we are in that in-between stage where it could snow, that really cold rain.

Then in that rain we see something, it looks like ice, is that hail?

NO NO NO it is not hail, it's graupel.

Wait a minute... graupel? What's that?

Graupel is a type of precipitation that forms when supercooled water droplets are collected and freeze on falling snowflakes, forming tiny balls of rime.

Hailstones usually measure between 5 millimetres and 15 centimetres in diameter, much larger than graupel.

Hail forms in strong thunderstorm clouds, particularly those with intense updrafts, high liquid water content, great vertical extent, large water droplets, and where a good portion of the cloud layer is below freezing.

So on those cool days you are seeing graupel not hail. They are two different things.

Texas Flooding Leaves One Dead

September 26, 2018
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Between Friday and Saturday there was widespread flooding in Texas.

A 23-year-old lost his life after being swept off a bridge in Arlington.

There were a reported 45 homes flooded. 15 people were rescued from the floodwaters.

At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport there was 200 mm of rain recorded.

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Heavy Rain for the Maritimes

September 25, 2018

An area of low pressure will deliver some rain to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on Tuesday evening, continuing through Wednesday and Thursday.

Some areas in southern New Brunswick could receive 50 mm with lesser amounts for western areas.

Rainfall amounts reaching or exceeding rainfall warning levels of 50 mm in 24 hours is possible, mainly for western mainland Nova Scotia, with a lesser risk for the Atlantic Coast of the eastern mainland.

There are indications that maximum rainfall amounts coul...

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Storm Problems Continue in National Capital Region

September 25, 2018

Things are slowly returning to normal after tornadoes ripped through portions of the National Capital Region on Friday.

As of Monday morning there were still approximately 3,600 Hydro Ottawa customers without power.

There are still four people in hospital. One is in critical condition and another is in serious condition. Several other people needed medical attention.

Any Ottawa residents who have been impacted by the power outage and are in need of food, water and shelter can call 311 and select...

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North Carolina Woman Facing Charges After Taking in Pets During Hurricane Florence

September 24, 2018

A North Carolina woman is facing charges after taking in pets that belonged to residents who were fleeing Hurricane Florence.

She took in 27 dogs and cats, she said the goal was, "to make sure that they were not out there drowning".

Tammie Hedges voluntarily surrendered the animals to Wayne County Animal Services.

She faces charges of practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

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US Ground Beef Recalled Over E. Coli Fears

September 24, 2018

132,000 pounds of ground beef has been recalled in the United States over fears the meat may be contaminated with E. coli.

One person has died and at least 17 are sick from consuming tainted beef.

The source is Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colorado. The tainted meat was sent to stores across the United States under several names. This is the second such recall from Cargill in a month.

If you have tainted meat return the product for a refund or discard the product.

Symptoms of E. coli in...

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EC Confirms Two Tornadoes in Eastern Ontario on Friday

September 23, 2018

There were two tornadoes in Eastern Ontario on Friday Environment and Climate Change Canada has confirmed.

On Friday a cold front tracked over Southern Ontario resulting in severe thunderstorms which produced two tornadoes.
One severe thunderstorm produced a tornado that tracked over Kinburn, Dunrobin and Gatineau between approximately 4:40 pm and 5:20 pm. This tornado damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, overturned vehicles and snapped many trees and hydro poles. There were also reports o...

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Summary of Alberta Snowfall Amounts

September 22, 2018
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Fall may only be in its infancy, however winter is already in full swing across Alberta.

Several systems moved in over the past few days has brought snowfall to portions of central and southern Alberta.

Environment and Climate Chance Canada has compiled some snowfall measurements.
  • Red Deer: 10-15 cm
  • Alix: 13 cm
  • Wetaskiwin: 12 cm
  • Wainwright: 10-15 cm
  • Willow Creek: 10 cm
  • Drumheller: 5-10 cm
  • Edmonton: 5-15 cm
  • Rocky Mountain House: 8 cm
  • Edson: 8 cm
  • Whitecourt: 6 cm
  • Drayton Valley: 4-6 cm
  • Jasper: 3-5 cm
  • Lloydmin...

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Tornado in Dunrobin and Gatineau

September 22, 2018
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Severe thunderstorms pushed through Southern Ontario on Friday prompting Environment Canada to issue several tornado watches and warnings.

Conditions were favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which were capable of producing tornadoes.

There was likely a tornado in Dunrobin, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.

Images circulated on social media of the damage left behind. 

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Autumnal Equinox Begins Today

September 22, 2018
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The autumnal equinox begins today in the Northern Hemisphere. Marking the end of Summer.

Autumnal Equinox begins today at 9:54 pm eastern time.

The September equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. Due to differences between the calendar year and the tropical year, the September equinox can occur at any time from the 21st to the 24th day of September.

The equinox may be taken to mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn (autumnal equ...

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