Strong Winds Rattle Nunavut and Northern Quebec

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, October 6, 2018
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A strong area of low pressure tracked across parts of Northern Quebec and Nunavut bring intense winds.

Winds were strongest during the evening and overnight hours of October 4 and 5.

In Iqaluit, maximum wind gust on October 4-5 was 124 km/h. The last time winds exceeded this speed was on February 4, 2007 at 135 km/h. 

Other Wind gusts in Nunavut:
  • Pangnirtung: 113 km/h 
  • Kimmirut: 97 km/h 
  • Cape Dorset: 83 km/h 

Recorded wind speeds on October 2-3, 2018 surpassed the all-time records at any of these sites.

In Quebec a major system tracked over northern sections between Thursday morning and Friday morning causing high winds. 

Peak wind gusts in Quebec:
  • Waskaganish: 91 km/h
  • Grandes-Bergeronnes: 91 km/h
  • Sainte Madeleine: 81 km/h
  • La Grande Rivière: 85 km/h
  • La Grande Quatre airport: 98 km/h
  • Schefferville: 94 km/h
  • Wabush Lake: 81 km/h

Based on ECCC Data

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