High Heat Warning, Visiting Cicadas and Bernie Sanders

Perhaps known more for our extreme cold, Montreal is currently in the grips of a heat wave. The warning below issued by Environment Canada gives you some indication. Remember those figures are in Celsius; Humidex values between 35° – 40° translates to 95°F and 104°F. I have heard a rumour that the heat and humidityContinue reading “High Heat Warning, Visiting Cicadas and Bernie Sanders”

Montreal: A Winter Wonderland

With upwards of 25 centimetres of snow expected over the next day or so in Montreal, a White Christmas seems assured. Mind you, telling motorists this as they slogged through wet snow and slop this morning on their way to work may have resulted in language not suited to a pretty Winter Wonderland-like day! NotContinue reading “Montreal: A Winter Wonderland”

Canada Quietly Ups Terrorist Alert, and Al-Shabaab’s Your Uncle

It has often been stated that we Canadians are a gentle lot; slow to anger and quick to apologize. These are admirable traits that lead to the type of society we enjoy. But when it comes to issuing alerts, a bit of bravado is essential. In the wake of the recent hit-and-run killing of 53-yearContinue reading “Canada Quietly Ups Terrorist Alert, and Al-Shabaab’s Your Uncle”

Environment Canada Issues Odd Weather Statement

I’ve written before about the strange concept of Environment Canada issuing “Weather Statements”.  My bank sends me a monthly statement, and politicians are usually more than pleased to make a statement. And given people’s tendency to put off paying their bills, I can’t tell you how many Statements of Account I have sent as aContinue reading “Environment Canada Issues Odd Weather Statement”

Environment Canada’s Weather Statement for Montreal: Maybe Snow, Maybe Rain, Maybe Nothing

“When asked, the weather replied ‘Well I’ll be around today and may drop some snow, or it could be some rain, I’ve not decided yet. Either way I’ll be gusting like mad most of the day’.” Things used to be much simpler when it came to weather reports. If it was going to snow youContinue reading “Environment Canada’s Weather Statement for Montreal: Maybe Snow, Maybe Rain, Maybe Nothing”

Extreme cold: It’s all about the ‘Feels Like’ temperature

… just for God’s sake don’t indulge your curiosity in the old “I wonder if your tongue really does stick to a lamppost”! It does … really, it does! Colder than a witch’s tit! Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey! The list goes on but one thing remains the same, itContinue reading “Extreme cold: It’s all about the ‘Feels Like’ temperature”

Forecasters get northeast storm warning right; Mother Nature’s timing is great!

Warnings Metro Montréal – Laval 4:32 AM EST Thursday 27 December 2012 Winter storm warning for Metro Montréal – Laval continued A total of 20 to 45 cm (8 – 18 inches) of snow is expected in these regions. Visibilities will be strongly reduced in heavy snow and blowing snow. An important low pressure systemContinue reading “Forecasters get northeast storm warning right; Mother Nature’s timing is great!”