Sunday, 27 September 2015

Lunar Eclipse weather update for Montreal
Excellent fall weather continues for much of southern Quebec this weekend. Temperatures have trended a touch cooler, especially the overnight lows. We start the morning at a chilly 5C (41F) here on L'Ile Perrot with just a hint of frost on some roof tops. Some rural areas in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec were as low as 1C (33F) with a light ground frost. It will warm rapidly today under a light southerly flow with high temperatures near 24C (76F). This will be the last really warm day for quite some time as cooler weather and showers are forecast this week.

Tonight is the big super harvest moon (see story below). The largest and closest full moon of the year, will rise in Montreal at 6:36pm. The eclipse will begin around 8:45pm, reaching totality near 10:30pm. The weather looks perfect here in Montreal with clouds remaining to our south and west. Nothing but clear skies are expected, at least until midnight, when clouds will begin to increase. A lunar eclipse is safe to watch so enjoy the show.

Huge waves pound coastal highway 12 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. (OBX Voice)
Those clouds are part of a large coastal storm that has been moving up the eastern seaboard. The system has brought heavy rain, high winds and round after round of high tides and coastal flooding from the Carolinas north. The combination of the supermoon and this storm are flooding portions of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tides can run as much as 30 percent above normal during a supermoon. Those tides along with the storm are pushing the Atlantic Ocean over the dunes and flooding portions of State Highway 12. Flooding has also been reported in South Carolina and along the coast northward into New Jersey.

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