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What did we do to deserve this?

February 19, 2016 @ 22:06 By: gordon Category: Weather

So, a quick recap of this week:

  • Bloody freezing cold
  • Ludicrous amounts of snow
  • A bit more snow
  • Cold

And now this:

TAF AMD CYOW 200030Z 2000/2024 09015KT 3/4SM -TSSN OVC015
TEMPO 2000/2001 2SM -SN OVC020
FM200100 09014KT 2SM -SN OVC015
TEMPO 2001/2003 6SM -SN
FM200300 11015KT 11/2SM -SN VV012
TEMPO 2003/2011 1/2SM SN VV005 PROB30 2003/2007 3/8SM SHSN
FM201100 19015G25KT 2SM -RA BR SCT008 OVC015
FM201500 24020G30KT P6SM -SHRA OVC020
FM201900 24015G25KT P6SM -SHRA OVC030

Essentially, light thundersnow (!) with periods of light snow followed by light snow with periods of moderate snow and possible snow showers. Then light rain and mist, silly amounts of wind with light rain showers. All between 7pm this evening and 2pm Saturday.


January 31, 2016 @ 15:59 By: gordon Category: Weather

Environment Canada just issued this:

Issued at 2016-01-31 20:32 UTC by Environment Canada:
Special weather statement issued for:
Gatineau, Que. (031100)
City of Ottawa, Ont. (045400)
Current details:
A winter storm is expected to develop over the United States central plains on Monday and track northeastward reaching the Great Lakes late Tuesday night. The storm is expected to bring periods of heavy snow over Central and Eastern Ontario Tuesday night before gradually transition to rain Wednesday morning. At this time, total snowfall amounts remain uncertain. The primary threat with this storm appears to be the risk of freezing rain and ice pellets which is expected to accompany the snow Tuesday night before transitioning over to rain especially over locations east of Georgian Bay to the Ottawa Valley. Gusty winds will accompany the approaching storm before gradually diminishing late Wednesday night as the storm moves out of the area and into Quebec.

From the sounds of it, it actually sounds like we’ll be ok compared to other parts of the province, but Wednesday could rate quite high on the suck-o-meter.

The Arrival of Winter 2015 in 1m18s

December 29, 2015 @ 13:32 By: gordon Category: Photography, Weather

I set my GoPro to take a photo every 10 seconds last night. The resulting time lapse is pretty cool:


December 26, 2015 @ 11:35 By: gordon Category: Weather

One of the presents I received for Christmas this year is a small can with a pull top on it. Inside is, apparently, 20 grams of “stuff” that poofs up into about 1.5 litres of artificial snow when you add a small amount of water. (I say apparently because I haven’t opened it, yet.)

Looking at the Franktown radar, it appears that parts of the Ottawa Valley may have popped the top on a giant version of a can of this stuff:

Poor Bancroft appears to be sitting on the boundary between freezing rain and snow.

Can you spot the cold front?

November 27, 2015 @ 16:53 By: gordon Category: Weather

Hint: Greens are rain, blues are snow, pinks are somewhere in between.



November 27, 2015 @ 13:27 By: gordon Category: Weather

There is some magically crappy weather in store for this afternoon/evening:

TAF CYOW 271754Z 2718/2818 22015G25KT P6SM -RA OVC040 TEMPO 2718/2721 5SM -RA BR OVC020
BECMG 2718/2720 22010KT
FM272100 32010KT 4SM -RA BR BKN008 OVC015 TEMPO 2721/2723 P6SM -RA OVC020
FM272300 33012G22KT P6SM -RAPL OVC012 TEMPO 2723/2802 2SM -SN BKN005 OVC010
FM280300 34012KT P6SM OVC020 BECMG 2804/2806 FEW020 BKN160
FM280600 34010KT P6SM FEW020 BKN160
FM280900 35008KT P6SM SKC

Rain, rain with pellets, and snow. And wind. And with the air temperature hovering just above freezing it wouldn’t take much to add some freezing rain to the mix.

Well, that’s unnecessary

November 13, 2015 @ 22:23 By: gordon Category: Weather

I’m making a quick trip to Toronto tomorrow, so I thought I’d check the weather forecast. That’s when I noticed a decidedly unpleasant symbol on the current conditions for Ottawa.

A quick check of the current METAR for the airport showed:

METAR CYOW 140300Z 30011G16KT 8SM -SN BKN013 OVC020 02/00 A2964 RMK
SF6SC2 SLP041=

Fortunately, the TAF suggests it’s only going to do this for an hour or so:

TAF CYOW 140241Z 1403/1424 31012G22KT P6SM -RA SCT012 OVC025 TEMPO 1403/1404 21/2SM -SHSNRA OVC012
FM140400 31010G20KT P6SM BKN030 TEMPO 1404/1422 OVC020
FM142200 28015KT P6SM FEW030 SCT120